Anthropological Aspects of the Bible:
Ancient ‘scecs’ and Ecclesiastical Understanding
While I am discussing Biblical elements, I do so recognizing that many will have their presumptions about what the Biblical text means.
So, I am not going to address any presumptions, other than making note that presumptions exist, that presumptions seem mostly derived from an ecclesiastical understanding, and that presumptions make discussions about the Bible difficult.
Importantly, the previous section, Ancient ‘scecs’ and The Private Contract, offered Biblical anthropological evidence showing that individuals can make a Private Contract.
Additionally, it is immaterial if we agree with the individuals in the previous section about their decisions regarding their Private Contract.
Instead, what can be seen is that, in practice, adults are permitted to privately negotiate and renegotiate their Private Contract that governs their personal relationship, all without involvement from outsiders, all without involvement from other families and entities within ‘scecs’ or SCECS, all without involvement from the Electorate, the Church, or the State.
However, to see those things in a practical way, one has to move beyond -how shall I say this?- an ecclesiastical understanding of the text.
The ecclesiastical understanding of the Bible has its place, making people familiar with the events in the Bible.
But the ecclesiastical understanding is aimed generally at providing access to the Bible not necessarily investigating the anthropological, historical, societal, and cultural contexts (the ancient ‘scecs’) embedded within the Bible.
An ecclesiastical understanding of Biblical events is shaped by an ecclesiastical philosophy (the religious group’s thoughts about how humanity becomes aware of knowledge).
Additionally, an ecclesiastical understanding of Biblical events is refined by an ecclesiastical ideology (the religious group’s ideas of how knowledge is used with application to the Bible).
Importantly, ecclesiastical philosophy and ideology influence ecclesiastical theology (the thoughts about and presentation of God, and humanity’s response to God).
Then ecclesiastical theology is presented as ecclesiastical understanding, communicated from religious (church) leaders to the people.
In essence, that is why one religious group (denomination) thinks differently than another religious group, and why religious (church) division exists.
For this material it is important to appreciate that many (most?) believers have been given a specific ecclesiastical understanding.
Having a specific ecclesiastical understanding is not inherently against comprehending the Biblical text, but neither does it inherently give any advantage to comprehending the Biblical text.
What is difficult is that situation leaves many (most?) believers with a rudimentary awareness of a specific ecclesiastical understanding for comprehending the complexities of the Bible.