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  • Paperback: 526 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; SOFTBOUND edition (April 25, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310392810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310392811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This is another in a series of books sponsored by the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. The fourteen leading evangelical scholars who have contributed to this volume come from various denominations and have written on a wide range of topics related to the doctrine of the inerrancy of the Bible. Believing that this doctrine is "an essential element of the authority of Scripture and a necessary ingredient for the health of the church of Christ," they have made a strong defense of it. This book is presented as an appeal to the church of Jesus Christ. To those churches that hold to the inerrancy of Scripture, it is a call to hold the line. To those churches that have given way to the persuasions of radical higher criticism, it is a call to return to the historic position of Christianity. Inerrnacy is shown to be a doctrine of crucial importance to the church. Among the chapter titles are these: Christ's View of Scripture - Alleged Errors and Discrepancies in the Original Manuscripts of the Bible - Higher Criticism and Biblical Inerrancy - Legitimate Hermeneutics - The Human Authorship of Inspired Scripture - The Meaning of Inerrancy - Philosophical Presuppositions of Biblical Errancy - The View of the Bible Held by the Church - B. B. Warfield Versus G. C. Berkouwer on Scripture -- Included as an appendix is the Statement of the Council. This Statement consists of three parts: a Summary Statement, Articles of Affirmation and Denial, and an Exposition. The intent of this declaration underlies all of the chapters in this significant book.

About the Author

Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and author or coauthor of over fifty books including Decide for Yourself, Baker’s Encyclopedia of Apologetics, and When Skeptics Ask.

Customer Reviews

This book is a scholar's standard for a logical support of the doctrine of inerrancy.
Joshua Wagner
The book dives into the defense of the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God by first looking at how Jesus viewed Scripture.
Seeking Disciple
Giseler presents an excellent compilation of material in defense of his position on the inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures.
Oldman2011

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Jake on May 17, 2012
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Inerrancy is an anthology of essays originally presented by scholars at the International Conference on Biblical Inerrancy in 1978. Though this book is over 30 years old it still gives an adequate attempted defense of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy that many evangelicals profess today. That being said, this book is short of convincing. I will only critique the chapters that I had most disagreement with.

Chapter 1, written by John Wenham, attempts to argue that Jesus viewed the scriptures as inerrant. Wenham argues that Jesus' mention of OT events demonstrate that He believed said events were historical. This is a complete non-sequitur. Wenham also adds that if these events were not historical then "Jesus' reference to them was meaningless". This, however, is not correct at all. The references would not have been meaningless to his hearers who did indeed take them as historical. Wenham also asserts that Jesus' repeated declaration of "Have you not read...?" is equivalent to Him saying "Do you know that God has said...?", however he fails to substantiate this assertion and thus leaves it unwarranted. Wenham then deals with Jesus supposed abrogations of the OT (You have heard it was said...But I tell you). Wenham actually does a good job of demonstrating that Jesus was not exactly overturning OT laws but only the faulty interpretations of it. However, there are still a couple of instances where Jesus did indeed oppose OT law. These instances regard Jesus' cleansing of all foods and His teaching on divorce. Wenham attempts to show these as not abrogations of the OT but I was not convinced. Thus, Wenham failed to show that Jesus did indeed view the OT as inerrant.

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
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In our day and age it is not uncommon for people to say that they love Jesus but reject the Bible as the sole authority for faith and pratice. Furthermore, people often will accept the teachings of Jesus (or atleast those they agree with) and yet reject portions of the Bible such as Genesis 1-2 or the miracles recorded in the Bible because of science. They view the Bible as a work of faith and religion but science as being grounded in absolute truth.

This book, INERRANCY, edited by Norman Geisler defends the view that the Bible is to be accepted as the Word of God and without error in the original manuscripts. Based off the historical 1978 Chicago Statement on Inerrancy, this book was published in 1980 but is timeless in its defense of Scripture much the same as B.B. Warfield's book, THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE. The book dives into the defense of the Bible as the infallible and inerrant Word of God by first looking at how Jesus viewed Scripture. This is vital. How Jesus viewed the Old Testament leads us to understanding how the Church viewed the entire Canon of Scripture. INERRANCY leaves no doubt that Jesus loved the Old Testament, viewed it as the Word of God, and accepted the Old Testament as historically true.

Overall this is a solid work. Despite being first published in 1980, INERRANCY is vital to helping the true Church of Christ defend the absolute trustworthiness of Scripture. If we doubt the inerrancy of Scripture and doubt, for example, the six day's of creation in Genesis 1-2, how can we trust that what Jesus said or did is true? We must accept the Bible from Genesis to Revelation as the inerrant Word or our faith is built only on faith and not clear, truthful statements from God Himself in His Word.
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This book does not shy away from the questions but tackles them head on and walks through how the Bible can be inerrant even with what may seem like contradictions. Perfect for the believer trying to gain a foundation as well as the skeptic that is concerned that the beliefs are based on falsity. It is worth your time. It is an academic read as Norman Geisler edited this book and is renown for not making things in laymans terms. Take your time and walk slowly through the depth of scripture and find how the surface may not be as it seems.
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By Bruce A. Yeager on January 4, 2013
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This book was a good book about the inerrancy of Scripture. Certainly helped me with my research, lots of information about the subject from many different authors.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Franzen on March 31, 2010
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In today's world the attacks are relentless on the Bible and will only get worst. We need more than ever to have a solid foundational concept of the Word of God. This excellent in-depth study of what Scripture says of itself along with many of the best works for and against Bible inerrancy is just what the doctor ordered. This book tackles the toughest questions and objections from Scripture itself. I love it because it is not one sided, but brings out objective views and then brings balance to the issue from what Scripture says. I highly recommend this work for every Pastor, teacher and leader today.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Oldman2011 on May 12, 2012
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Giseler presents an excellent compilation of material in defense of his position on the inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures. With his usual thoroughness, the author provides an academically accurate resource for Biblical research.
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