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The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible
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The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible


Baylor University Press 2009

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In this volume Ben Witherington asks, “What does it mean to call the Bible ‘God’s Word’?” In doing so, he takes on other recent studies which downplay the connection between history and theology, or between historical accuracy and truth claims. Witherington argues that the Bible is not merely to be viewed as a Word about God. Instead, he says that the Bible exhorts us to see the Bible as a living Word from God.

This volume carefully assesses topics with a firm biblical basis and provides readers with a deeper understanding of the foundations—as well as the contemporary implications they bring. Perfect for scholars, students, pastors, and laypersons alike, the Logos edition of these theological works is fully searchable and easily accessible. Scripture passages are linked directly to your English translations and to the original Greek text, and important theological concepts are linked to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of resources in your digital library.

Key Features

  • Focuses on Scripture as divine inspiration
  • Discusses the inspiration and authority of the Bible
  • Includes an appendix featuring a Q&A section on various general Bible topics


  • Seeking the Word of God
  • Inspiration without an Expiration Date
  • The Ends of Enns: The Danger of an Analogy
  • Truth Telling As an Art Form
  • Can These Things Be True?
  • Did the Canon and Its Translators Misfire?
  • How to Pick a Translation without Losing Your Religion
  • Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
  • The Art of Reading Scripture in a Postmodern World
  • Afterword: The Sacrifice of the Intellect?

Praise for the Print Edition

If we believe that Scripture is God’s word and that God cannot err, then it follows the Bible is inerrant. But what would have constituted an error in the biblical cultures? What does Scripture testify about itself and the nature of its reliability? Ben Witherington, prolific New Testament professor at Asbury Seminary, addresses these and related questions, including the formation of the canon, the history of Bible translations, how to choose among the many English-language versions, and basic hermeneutical principles. Almost every reader will disagree at some point, but the vast majority of his positions are compelling and clear. Warmly to be recommended.

Craig L. Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

Whatever Ben Witherington writes goes to the top of my ‘must read’ list. His new book doesn’t disappoint. It’s insightful, creative, provocative, and challenging—in other words, it’s pure Ben!

Lee Strobel, Author of The Case for the Real Jesus

Product Details

  • Title: The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 291

About Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (PhD, Durham University) is Amos Professor for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best biblical studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.