Exploration of the Past
History can be defined as a compilation of major past events. But are such facts really true? As we probe deeper into the past, it can become increasingly difficult to authenticate historical facts. Therefore, independent judgments need to be made regarding the factual nature of certain historical narratives. As an example, the Bible declares the root of all creation as God and also contains verifiable chronological genealogies of important persons such as kings and priests. Scriptural texts, including the Bible, are closely intertwined with the role of God. Such narratives combine history and theology. For believers in God, history written from a theological perspective becomes far more important than a dead repository of collected events. God begins to guide and raise man through his spirit that flows in the holy narrations when they are being read with faith.
The preferred approach here is going to be one where theology is integrated with history. Here is an example:
Example 1 - Creation (and Placement) of Man (v8)
4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
[From Genesis, Chapter 2]
Example 2 - Man is not a (single layered) dead Repository (v8)
2 The Byzantines have been defeated
3 in [their] nearest land. They will reverse their defeat with a victory
4 in a few years' time: God is in command, first and last. On that day, the believers will rejoice
5 at God's help. He helps whoever He pleases: He is the Mighty, the Merciful.
6 This is God's promise: God never breaks His promise, but most people do not know;
7 they only know the outer surface of this present life and are heedless of the life to come.
8 Have they not thought about their own selves? God did not create the heavens and earth and everything between them without a serious purpose and an appointed time, yet many people deny that they will meet their Lord.
[From Al-Rum, (The Byzantines), Chapter 30, Quran]
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