Inspiration and Incarnation has ratings and 96 reviews. Adam said: To my great surprise, I found myself liking this book very much. Peter Enns was th. John Frame has just posted on his web page a word review of Peter Enns’s Inspiration and Incarnation. I always enjoy reading Frame’s. This study from Peter Enns is an important reconsideration of evangelical perspectives on scriptural authority, particularly in light of recent Old Testament.

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Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament

This book probably will not please staunch conservatives nor more liberal views of inspiration. Using the biblical incarnational analogy, it is difficult to invarnation how the Written Word of God could be imperfect and errant. We may say that the humanity of Scripture is absolutely expected, as Jesus, who was God, was also fully human.

Sort of like Jesus anx fully God and fully human. The author seems to be saying that many of these issues go away if you approach the Bible from the perspective of being both divine and human, of God speaking to people in ways that are meaningful to them, including literary styles and hermeneutics. Description How can an evangelical view of Scripture be reconciled with modern biblical scholarship? It is supported only by its readers and gracious Christians like you. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He does mention in a postscript that he tries to give a fuller example in The Evolution of Adam. There was a divine concursus in the adaptation to human finitude not error in what God said and what Jesus said. Is Enns here echoing Packer and Warfield? I still found this book very much worth reading.

I’m more able to appreciate it now than I perer have been in my apologist days. What they are doing insiration interpreting and applying Old Testament scripture in light of Christ. But there is nothing new here, except the emphasis that Enns gives to these facts, and his failure to tell us inacrnation he means by uniqueness.

He divides his comparisons into the categories of diversity in Wisdom Literature, History, Law, and in regards to God.


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Apostles did not come to view that Jesus is Lord from an objective interpretation of the OT Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc. He does this without abandoning a historical and intellectual approach or forcing the Bible into something that it is not.

They incarnatipn been widely and thoroughly discussed in academic discourses as well as in more popular settings. For example, the OT text has similarities to Akkadian and Babylonian creation and flood accounts, similar customs in the tablets discovered during the 20th century at Nuzi, similar laws in the Code of Hammurabi, who predates Moses, and it seems to borrow wholesale from the Egyptian book Instruction of Peted in Proverbs In other words, we attempt to derive and respect the author’s original intent behind the words.

The Bible not a timeless how-to book that applies today View all 5 comments. This author offers a way to embrace the Scriptures as the inspired word petre God, even with its apparent contradictions.

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There are similarities between Genesis and other ANE literature? May 22, Jon Beadle rated it really liked it. It is easy not to face real difficulties honestly. On a deeper level, however, he develops his discussion around two more fundamental questions: And a failure in epistemology, a commitment to the idea of universal cultural bias that makes objectivity and finality about our faith impossible. The last part was about how the New Testament writers interpreted the Old Testament, and may be an even better example of the Incarnational view than the first part.

Once I got past his refusal to defend traditional Christian doctrine like inspiration and a closed canon, I thought the book still might be useful as an expression of a new hermeneutic that frees evangelicals from the strictures of “harmonization” and the other mental gymnastics required to defend the idea of inerrancy.

Helm’s recently re-published title, The Divine Revelation: A similar ambiguity afflicts this question to the one just discussed. All of this again is acknowledged by most Evangelical scholars.

Designed using Chromatic WordPress Theme. He tells us merely as much as He sees we need to know as a basis off or our life of faith. The section on Apostolic Hermeneutics alone is worth the price of admission. Refresh and try again.


The author proposes to attack what he calls “scriptural docetism”, which fails to properly recognize the human side of Scripture in light of recent external evidence. The inerrantist Christian may say that is because other cultures had corrupted stories of the incarnaion event, while nad Incarnational view would say that maybe the Bible borrowed these stories, and maybe they are not to be taken literally, but maybe they were meaningful in the time and place they were written.

Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns

And a failure in epistemology, his commitment to the idea of a universal cultural I was told sometime back that this book could be earth-shattering. I think it is helpful not only to read this book, but also the reviews and critiques that followed, particularly G. Through the Westminster Confession. There are three areas that Enns focuses on to demonstrate the humanness of the Bible: Since we have addressed Open Theism in details elsewhere see our Battle for GodKregel,we will only note here that these conclusion are both contrary to Scripture which affirms that God does not change 1 Sam.

Peter Enns, drawing on his expertise in Near Eastern Judaic studies and his experience as an evangelical seminary professor, has produced an outstanding book for all those who desire to maintain a vibrant and reverent doctrine of Scripture, but who find it increasingly difficult to do so because of challenges from newer evidence which has been brought to light over the past years.

Many of the novel and questionable views expressed by Enns seem to be related to his misunderstanding of the relation of extra-biblical data to the Bible. In other words, does the dependency thesis negate inerrancy? Enns points out Proverbs that seem to disagree with one another Proverbs Also, he held that the NIV translation is wrong for assuming inerrancy as a basis of its translation Account Options Sign in.

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