Is the Bible a book of Philosophy?
After the great mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal died, a note was found sewn into the lining of his jacket:
“Fire…the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. Not the god of the philosophers”.
Nonetheless, I think Pascal would approve of the goal of this little project: to explain the philosophy of the Bible. For he himself was a fervent believer and renown philosopher, and never viewed these two things in conflict. His hand-written note was not a repudiation of philosophy, but a way of doing philosophy.
For he knew one simple fact: we are all philosophers. we make decisions which reflect our belief in what is real, what is valuable, what is true, and what is right. And these four questions constitute the bulk of what philosophy is about.
if the Bible has any coherence at all, it will have a philosophy. The Bible is not a book about philosophy, but a story. But that story, if true, must be based on certain core beliefs about reality, value, truth and ethics. One may be able to write a limerick with no philosophical underpinnings, but not scriptures.