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Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament Paperback – September 22, 2015
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"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's 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, Westmont College
"The first edition of Peter Enns's Inspiration and Incarnation has been a superb resource for helping students of the Bible take the human dimension of this ancient text seriously. This second edition, with its profound concluding reflections on the nature of Scripture after ten years of responses to the first edition, promises to be even more effective in helping students of the Bible appreciate more fully the inscripturated Word made flesh."
--Richard Middleton, Northeastern Seminary, Roberts Wesleyan College
"I have used this book to great effect in the classroom. Divinity students welcome Enns's 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's 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, Duke University
"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, Fuller Theological Seminary
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- Publisher : Baker Academic; 2nd edition (September 22, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0801097487
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801097485
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When the best your opponents can offer is hysteria over the *implications* of your argument, rather than well-researched rebuttals of your *actual* argument, that's a clear signal your opponents don't actually have good rebuttals.
So how could I pass up a book about Christians and the "Problem of the Old Testament?" Now that I've read this book, I wish I had been able to read Inspiration and Incarnation a lot earlier in my (still continuing) introduction to Biblical studies. I still catch myself reading about something for a few pages and then realizing I didn't quite understand all the concepts being discussed in those pages. Luckily, Enns provides a very good glossary at the end of the book. I will be keeping this book handy, partly because I know I'll being using that glossary while I'm reading other theology books.
This was not an easy book to write, for two reasons. First, it deals with issues that are not only complicated--to put it mildly--and he wrote it not for graduate-level specialists, but for the rest of us who care about Scripture and want to know how to read it in the hopes that the Holy Spirit will speak to us through it. Second, those complicated issues are the kinds that can break up families, individual churches, and even large denominations. Just how true that was is evidenced by the fact that the publication of this book would eventually lead to Enns losing his tenured position as a theologian at a Christian school.
Given that this is a tenth anniversary edition, and that it is being used in colleges and seminaries across the land--and probably across the ocean as well--I don't feel its necessary to provide any big summary of it. If I was, there are a lot of quotes I would be giving here. I highlighted lots of passages, and copied a number of them into the notes I took. I know I'll be going back to parts of it from time to time.
Two things really struck me at the end of chapter four. Here I will provide a short quote: biblical interpretation is at least as much an art as it is a science. (150) And I agree wholeheartedly with a follow-up to that, in which Enns stresses that biblical interpretation is not ultimately an individual enterprise, but something that grows out of our participation in the family of God.
From those two related points, Enns gets to something that really spoke to me: biblical interpretation is a path that we take, and it is a path that requires patience and humility. But the ultimate end, he reminds us, is not to learn about ancients texts, but rather to learn about God. (152)
I think that this book is a useful if not downright necessary volume to have with us as we make our way along that path.
HE PRACTICES WHAT HE PREACHES REGARDING THE SIN OF CERTAINITY.