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James Barr Collection (2 vols.)

, 1983–2002



James Barr was one of the most formidable biblical scholars of his generation. Barr’s prolific writings include now-standard texts in philology, biblical interpretation, and many other subjects. This collection includes two representative works by this influential scholar. The Scope and Authority of the Bible gathers seven essays that capture Barr’s style, approach, and outlook on contemporary biblical scholarship. His explosive monograph The Semantics of the Biblical Language takes a long, critical look at Evangelical exegesis, posing questions that all serious Bible students must wrestle with.

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Key Features

  • Samples the work of influential biblical scholar James Barr
  • Analyzes contemporary exegetical methods of Evangelicals
  • Evaluates the Bible’s place in contemporary Christianity

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The Scope and Authority of the Bible

  • Author: James Barr
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 154

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Scope and Authority of the Bible brings together seven essays that represent James Barr’s style, approach to, and outlook on contemporary biblical topics. Characterized by the freshness and openness of thought, and the iconoclasm for which he is famous, this collection serves as an ideal introduction to one of the most important issues facing the churches today, as well as to Barr’s thought as a whole.

It is accessible and fascinating to read.

Church Times

Barr cuts a devastatingly clear path through selected controversies, saying something convincing, constructive, and often original on each.

Church Times

The Semantics of Biblical Language

  • Author: James Barr
  • Publisher: SCM
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 313

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Arguing that many Evangelicals mishandle linguistic evidence in their exegesis, James Barr analyzes in detail several common patterns that can put sound Bible interpretation out of reach. Barr’s analysis drew a good deal of criticism and was explosive in Evangelical circles. However, 20 years later, Barr’s conclusions still demand serious consideration. This book poses questions that are essential for all serious Bible students to wrestle with.

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About the Author

James Barr (1924–2006) was an Old Testament scholar noted for his contributions to the study of biblical languages. His book The Semantics of the Biblical Languages remains one of the most influential books on the subject. He held professorships at the University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester, Princeton University, and Vanderbilt University. Barr is also the author of Biblical Words for Time.


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  1. nobody



    Would love to see his two works against Fundamentalism included here. The 1981 edition of his Fundamentalism deals with the criticisms he received after the 1st edition was released. In the first editions he criticizes Fundamentalist scholarship for being fear based and reactionary. his critics claimed that conservative scholarship had come further than he claimed. In the 2nd edition he questions whether conservative scholarship has really come as far as his critics had said it had. Stimulating reading, no matter where you fall on this issue. He definitely falls into the liberal camp.

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  3. David Paul

    David Paul


    I very influential book that should be part of your library, whether you agree with him or not.