What does it really mean?

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<ul><li><p>This article was downloaded by: [University of Chicago Library]On: 20 November 2014, At: 21:19Publisher: RoutledgeInforma Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK</p><p>Religion in EducationPublication details, including instructions for authorsand subscription information:http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cbre18</p><p>What does it really mean?Published online: 25 Feb 2011.</p><p>To cite this article: (1951) What does it really mean?, Religion in Education, 18:2, 67-67,DOI: 10.1080/5108556094</p><p>To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/5108556094</p><p>PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE</p><p>Taylor &amp; Francis makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all the information(the Content) contained in the publications on our platform. 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Terms &amp; Conditions of access and use can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/page/terms-and-conditions</p><p>Dow</p><p>nloa</p><p>ded </p><p>by [</p><p>Uni</p><p>vers</p><p>ity o</p><p>f C</p><p>hica</p><p>go L</p><p>ibra</p><p>ry] </p><p>at 2</p><p>1:19</p><p> 20 </p><p>Nov</p><p>embe</p><p>r 20</p><p>14 </p><p>http://www.tandfonline.com/page/terms-and-conditionshttp://www.tandfonline.com/page/terms-and-conditions</p></li><li><p>W H A T DOES IT REALLY MEAN? When we talk about "Religious Knowledge" or "Religious Instruction" </p><p>nowadays it is recognised that we intend more than familiarity with a body of literary and historical facts. "Teaching Scripture", as the Agreed Syllabuses frankly assume, means making clear what Christians believe, in accordance with what they find in the Bible. Scholars tell us that we must read the Bible from the standpoint of the Fourth Gospel--"These things were written that ye might believe" for that is why Old Testament and New Testament alike were written. Full of real and dependable history as they are, their purpose is to express a faith. For thinking men a faith means a theology. I t is at this point that many teachers shrink, not because they lack Christian conviction but because theology appears to be abstruse and abstract, and, worse still, to involve acute controversy of a denominational character. </p><p>Their first reassurance should be that the doctrine with which the Syllabuses are concerned is Biblical doctrine, and must be so if the terms of the Education Act are not to be infringed. But further, the professional and technical theologians themselves are tending more and more to regard Biblical theology as supremely important. Before all else we must know what is the meaning of the events recorded in the Bible and of the words whether in prose or in poetry--which the Biblical writers themselves use to convey that meaning. Once more, however, the teacher encounters a difficulty. He has no Hebrew, probably no Greek, and the English of the Authorized and Revised versions is Elizabethan, while that of the modern translations may reflect unduly the idiosyncrasies of those who make them. </p><p>The answer is to be found in a book upon which thirty Biblical scholars of the younger generation, headed by Canon Alan Richardson, who edits it, have for several years been hard at work. A Theological Word Book of the Bible (S.C.M. Press, ~5 s.) should lie on the table of every teacher of Scripture alongside Professor Manson's Companion to the Bible, or at least be accessible in libraries, as an in- dispensable and constantly used book of reference. I t is not a dictionary in either the lexicographical or the encyclopaedic sense. What it provides is a full, yet not too lengthy, account of each word in the A.V. or R.V. which has any theological significance or bearing, whether the "great" words like God, Christ, Spirit, Birth, Death, Resurrection, Sin, Redeem, Sanctify, Church, Kingdom of God, and so forth; such words as Peace, War, Lie, Pardon, Reward, Justice and "li t t le" words like fear, good, perfect, perish; or those which like Parable and Miracle, Revelation, Inspire, Sacrifice, Prayer, Worship, Conscience come constantly into the back- ground or the foreground of our teaching. The method is to survey, the actual use of the word in typical Biblical passages, to discuss its meaning an the light of the original (printed here in the equivalent English letters, not the Hebrew or Greek) and thus to enable the student or teacher to think out for himself the truth (perhaps in several aspects) which it conveys. I t is a book for the Biblical scholar, and at the same time for "Everyman"- - in that respect a remarkable achievement. I t sticks strictly to its task (e.g. under "Miracle" there is no reference to modern science in a complete elucidation of what the word meant to the Biblical writers who used it) and it performs this in the most thorough, illuminating and fas- cinating way. </p><p>In Light Unto My Path (S.P.C.K. xs.) Prof. M. V. C. Jeffreys outlines with rare insight, cogency and beauty the Christian gospel, basing his exposition upon some thirty short passages of Scripture, often in modern renderings. Creative and Re- demptive Love, Incarnation, Freedom and the Kingdom of Heaven are his four headings and he relates his theme not only to individual experience but also to family and school. </p><p>67 </p><p>Dow</p><p>nloa</p><p>ded </p><p>by [</p><p>Uni</p><p>vers</p><p>ity o</p><p>f C</p><p>hica</p><p>go L</p><p>ibra</p><p>ry] </p><p>at 2</p><p>1:19</p><p> 20 </p><p>Nov</p><p>embe</p><p>r 20</p><p>14 </p></li></ul>