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The Word of God?: The Bible after Modern Scholarship
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The Word of God?: The Bible after Modern Scholarship


SPCK 2010

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Keith Ward introduces this volume on the world’s greatest ever bestseller by suggesting that the Bible is neither a book dictated by God, as some believe, nor just a set of outdated taboos and politically slanted histories, as those at the opposite extreme maintain. Rather, it is a very mixed set of documents, by many different writers, from many different times, which records the struggle of many people in one particular religious tradition to respond to their discernments of a transcendent spiritual power.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes the Bible as a set of documents
  • Includes a comprehensive introduction to the Bible in modern scholarship


  • Part 1: The Nature of Biblical Inspiration
    • The Bible as a Spiritual Text
    • Is the Bible Inerrant?
    • Can We Believe in the Biblical Miracles?
    • Diversity
    • What Does Inspiration Mean?
  • Part 2: The Old Testament
    • Reading the Old Testament
    • The Prophets
    • Religious Beliefs in the Ancient World
    • Prophetic Monotheism
    • Are There Immoral Rules in the Old Testament?
  • Part 3: Biblical Metaphors and Christian Doctrines
    • Metaphor in the Bible
    • Metaphors of Creation
    • Metaphors of Incarnation
    • Metaphors of Atonement
  • Part 4: The New Testament
    • The Positive Gospel of Unlimited Divine Love
    • Metaphors of the Kingdom of God
    • The Kingdom: A Case of Study
  • Part 5: The Development of Ideas in the Bible
    • The Development of Biblical Ideas of God and Morality
    • New Testament Developments of Biblical Ideas
    • The Development of Biblical Ideas of the Afterlife
    • A Case Study in Development: Retributive and Restorative Justice
    • Development Beyond the Bible: The Cosmic Story to which the Bible Points
    • Conclusion: The Bible as the Word of God

Product Details

  • Title: The Word of God? The Bible after Modern Scholarship
  • Author: Keith Ward
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 160

About Keith Ward

Keith Ward is a professional research fellow at Heythrop College, University of London. He was formerly dean of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, professor of the history and philosophy of religion at the University of London, and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford. He is a priest of the Church of England and a fellow of the British Academy.

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