Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface of 1979
  3. Map of Palestine
  4. Reading Numbers 22-24
  5. Standard ways of reading Scripture
    1. A fundamentalistic reading
    2. A higher-critical reading
    3. A dogmatic reading
  6. Critique of standard ways of reading Scripture
    1. Critique of a fundamentalistic reading
    2. Critique of a higher critical reading
    3. Critique of a dogmatic reading
  7. A biblically reformational reading of Numbers 22-24
    1. Telling the true story
    2. Discerning literary contours
    3. Detecting the history making context
    4. Listening to and hearing the kerygmatic message
  8. Notes
  9. Afterword
    1. Higher critical deconstruction
    2. Dogmatic filtering: the liberationist angle
    3. The simple gospel: Jesus saves
    4. Ongoing reformational faith orientation:
      1. Older and Newer Testaments make up the whole story
      2. Historical veracity with directional reliability
      3. Truly imaginative, witnessing literary writing
      4. Compelling script meant to become oral
    5. Listening to be surprised by the Spirit
  10. Notes
  11. Appendix
    1. How Scripture relates to my professional academic work
    2. Psalm 56 for singing: God keeps all my tears in a bottle
    3. List of illustrations
    4. Brief bibliography for Bible study