How can an evangelical view of Scripture be reconciled with modern biblical scholarship? In this book Peter Enns, an expert in biblical interpretation, addresses Old Testament phenomena that challenge traditional evangelical perspectives of Scripture. He then suggests a way forward, proposing an incarnational model of biblical inspiration that takes seriously both the divine and the human aspects of Scripture. This tenth anniversary edition has an updated bibliography and includes a substantive postscript that reflects on the reception of the first edition.
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Some of those most dedicated to biblical studies unfortunately begin from inadequate theological presuppositions. If everyone who identifies as a conservative evangelical would read and absorb this book, the field would be better for it—and so might the church and the world.
—Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary
I have used this book to great effect in the classroom. Divinity students welcome Enns’ invitation to think theologically about history—how the historical ‘problems’ of the Bible may in fact be a crucial aspect of its theological witness. Of course, the incarnational analogy can be pressed too far, and there are other models on offer. But Enns’ model is traditional, illuminating, hospitable to other models, and urgently needed by Christians still caught in late modern debates about inerrancy, inspiration, and revelation. This book continues to strike a chord that resonates.
—Stephen B. Chapman, associate professor of Old Testament, Duke University
Peter Enns has done the evangelical church an immense service by challenging preconceived notions of what the Bible ought to be by insisting on building his high view of Scripture on what God intended Scripture to be. When the first edition appeared, it started important and healthy conversations about the Bible in spite of efforts to dismiss or marginalize Enns’ viewpoint. One does not have to agree with all his conclusions to understand why this book has helped and will continue to help many people to embrace Scripture as God’s Word to us. Everyone who loves the Bible ought to read this important book.
—Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
Peter Enns is an American Old Testament scholar and was professor of Old Testament and biblical hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia until 2008. Enns was the editor of the Westminster Theological Journal from 2000–2005. He is author of Two Horizons Commentary: Ecclesiastes and NIV Application Commentary: Exodus, and coauthor of Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.