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- Publisher: Tekton E-Bricks (May 22, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2014
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Defining Inerrancy: Affirming a Defensible Faith for a New Generation Kindle Edition
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Would have been five stars if better edited. My true sense: it deserves a solid four and a half stars as-is. Numerous typos and minor lacunae within sentences, especially toward the end of the book, detract from clarity. Further, as noted, it is a dual-authored work. However, unlike other co-authored works I've read, the authors don't seem to take mutual responsibility throughout. Each one appears to take responsibility for specific chapters (though only occasionally indicating which specific chapter belongs to whom). As a result, there are several places where the authors cover what the other seems to have just said and without adding any real value. The reader is also left wondering, sometimes, who, specifically, is the first-person singular speaker. It APPEARS as if Holding does the majority of the work, but
Despite these infelicities, I am happier that they made the work available than that they held off. Better to have a brief, slightly-less-than-perfect book available--at a very reasonable price--than to be denied a vital resource that addresses this important topic.
My primary issue is that I find chapter 2 to be very off-putting. Throughout chapter 2, the authors contend that those contributing to the foreword of The Jesus Quest do not have sufficient credentials to be involved in the debate. “[Joseph] Holden has absolutely no relevant credentials in terms of understanding the nature of this debate.” This would seem to be a problematic statement given the intention of Defining Inerrancy in light of the credentials of the authors (which do not meet the standards they set forth in chapter 2). I do not set aside the arguments of the authors of this work merely on the basis of their academic credentials. Likewise, I believe that it is entirely without basis to suggest that we can write off the arguments of those espousing support for The Jesus Quest merely on the basis of their academic credentials. If we accept the quote above, shouldn't the authors warn potential purchasers of the prerequisites for understanding the book, specifically a doctorate in New Testament or "any other field relevant to Biblical exegesis and interpretation"?
Even so, I have upgraded my rating from 1 star to 3, since there is at least sufficient substance to provide the reader with some level of awareness of the debate. My intent in purchasing this book was to arrive at an understanding of the debate. Not yet having much exposure to the debate outside of this work, I can't comment on the quality of this work compared to other available sources.
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At least early on, the author intends to defend a midrash view of Matthew by attacking Geisler's critique of it. Much space is given to pejorative and attacks against Geisler's logical skills and argumentation. In one instance in which the author quotes Geisler as saying that it is not required in a specific case to know the reason for a thing, the author accuses Geisler of saying that the reason was not known. It is very sloppy to make such an error while making accusations of similar errors. The author goes on to set himself up as the judge of who will be qualified to comment on the matter of contextualization and suggests that we can ignore the arguments of all not meeting this standard out of hand. So far the treatment seems below the author given his credentials. Two chapters in, I find nothing to commend in this work. Trusting that the author will develop a coherent argument at some point, I will likely return to give the work another chance.
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