In Holy Scripture, Donald G. Bloesch sets out the pivotal evangelical doctrines of the Bible's revelation, inspiration and interpretation.
Wishing to "defend the orthodox evangelical faith from its friends as well as its enemies," Bloesch provocatively argues against both evangelical rationalism and liberal experientialism. And he proposes the alternative of biblical evangelicalism--which sees Scripture as the written Word of God but stresses that it becomes the living Word of God only through the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
In dialogue with Martin Luther, John Calvin, P. T. Forsyth, Karl Barth and Emil Brunner, Bloesch’s Holy Scripture examines the implications of biblical authority for the twenty-first century. It surveys the role of the Bible as seen within the Bible itself and as that role has unfolded through centuries of Christian tradition. It also explains and critiques many highly contested issues, such as the value of biblical criticism, the meaning of myth, the plethora of hermeneutical options and the nature of truth.
Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration & Interpretation was a 1995 Christianity Today Book Award Winner.
“The sacramental model sees the Bible as a divinely appointed medium or channel of revelation.” (Page 41)
“By the scholastic I mean that kind of theology that emphasizes the accessibility of the infinite to the finite and the possibility and indeed the desirability of systematizing the body of revealed knowledge given in Scripture.” (Page 40)
“Today theology needs to recover the paradoxical unity of Word and Spirit, for only on the basis of this unity can Scripture be made to come alive and be a transforming leaven in the life of the church. Scripture in itself is the written Word of God, comprising by virtue of its divine inspiration a reliable witness to the truth revealed by God in Jesus Christ. But it becomes the living Word when it actually communicates to us the truth and power of the cross of Christ through the illumination of the Spirit.” (Pages 25–26)
“The scholastic model holds the Bible to be the written revelation of God, a revelation ascertainable by human reason, though efficacious only for faith.” (Page 42)
“The true humanity of Scripture involves a vulnerability to error and a limited cultural horizon because the writers lived in a particular time and place in history. Yet though the writers and the text bear the limitations imposed by cultural and historical contingency, the text by virtue of its inspiration and present illumination by the Holy Spirit opens to us a culturally transcendent horizon when seen in its relationship to Jesus Christ. This relationship constitutes the fullness of its meaning, its sensus plenior.” (Page 39)
Holy Scripture could well represent the high point of evangelicalism's dialogue with modern skepticism.
—The Covenant Quarterly
Bloesch has given us… much that is profitable, the heart of many years of effective theological reflection.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society