Originally posted by tim88
Not sure but i think your Hindu
Three thousand years ago the Hindu scriptures recorded the earth was resting on the backs of several huge elephants - hallelujah
If a new Bible text, of unimpeachable authority, was discovered which said that the earth rested on the backs on several huge elephants, what would your response be?
1) Oh God, everything I formally believed in has been shot to pieces. God, Jesus and the Bible is just one big work of fiction!
2) Google search - here is someone who says that this is a mistranscription of the Hebrew words for "a big pile of nothing". Hallelujah
Textual analysis is about discovering what the text truly means. Biblical textual analysis is normally about fitting the words to your own preconceived ideas.
If you don't like what Deuteronomy says, talk about the times people lived in, talk about translation problems, talk about new convenants. But virutally none of this analysis is designed at getting at the truth.
It is designed to help people get round the truth.