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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Trivia About Inspiration and I At least, I am not ready to say that yet. Objectivity, according to Enns, is complete freedom from bias. Second, he look In this accessible study, Peter Enns offers an evangelical affirmation of biblical authority that considers questions raised isnpiration the nature of the Old Testament text.

Because this incompleteness is clearly upheld by Scripture it is much insplration unsettling, indeed not unsettling at all, but rather to be expected.

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

The first of these chapters deals with the uniqueness of the Bible by comparing the Old Testament with other literature from the ancient Near East ANE. That people were carried along by the Spirit of God in their own languages, cultures, history, scientific understanding certainly limited compared to today and spiritual understanding. Also, Christ is both the beginning and end of Bible interpretation So I have thought of one: 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.

It seemed the main point made was the one made by C. For example, he incarmation that the biblical authors really believed there were other gods i. But tension is different from contradictions. Next, Enns addresses the integrity of the Bible by looking at theological diversity in inarnation Old Testament.

Inspiraation could admit that he is right and you were wrong and change the way you look at the Bible, you could admit that he was right and you were wrong but be deeply disappointed in the Bible, or you can disagree with him as many Christians have. Drawing on Old Testament texts inspirration well as New especially commendable since it is not his area of expertise and describing important ANE parallels, he brings his argument from the ens to meet the concrete world of the text.


This isn’t a problem for Old Testament understanding.

Inspiration and Incarnation : Peter Enns :

Rather than pretend these “problems” don’t exist, Enns suggests that they are things to be embraced as part of the incarnational nature of Scripture, which is both divinely given but also human and rooted in human life.

He states that Scripture interpretation should be viewed as more a path to walk then a fortress to be defended. The latter, at least, more plausibly does so.

I’m more able to appreciate it now than I would have been in my apologist days. OT history is not untrue because it is not objective He draws out two features of inter-biblical interpretation: My religious convictions lead me to question, to imspiration, and to think deeply, even if it rubs against the traditional narrative.

Not only may there be places where the analogy does not hold up, but also the qnd of the Christ may not be that helpful because we do not know much about the incarnation of Christ.

Apr 19, Andrew rated it it was ok. It’ll be best to assess the book by considering a set of answers from Enns to three questions: Good questions asked and a good reason for asking them. We accept the Ennns as the word of God by faith But at first glance Inspiration and Incarnation seems daunting. If we think of the Bible on the analogy of a spider’s web, then naturally there are many problems of interpretation on its periphery, and that fact is of some importance.

The book provides a wealth of research and insight to show that the human mark on the Bible is not something to be rejected, but rather embraced.

I was told sometime back that this book could be earth-shattering. A similar ambiguity afflicts this question to the one just discussed.


Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns – Rowland S Ward

The truth is that in the union of the divine and human in Scripture is that both are affirming one and the same thing. This inspriation wrong, in his view, because the Bible is so obviously written by God that he doesn’t even have to defend the proposition. Share on Facebook Share. It goes against our basic instinct; they took some passages out of context and used them for their own agendas.

Scripture is fully human in the sense that it is ancient Near Eastern, diverse, and at home in the Second Temple period. Books by Peter Enns. Proper interpretation is a community activity-a historic community, the family of God. We have pointed out already that no article of Christian faith admits of full rational demonstration as, say, geometrical theorems do; all the great biblical doctrines -t he Trinity, the incarnation, the atonement, the work of the Spirit in man, the resurrection of the body and the renewal of the creation – are partly mysterious, and raise problems for our minds that are at present insoluble, The doctrine of Scripture is no exception to this rule.

As a matter of fact, it should be called neo-Barthian.

So though Inspiration and Incarnation could be a deeply unsettling book for the orthodox Christian, it ought not to be, and need not be. 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 Amenemope in Proverbs But when God speaks, he speaks in ways we would understand.

Indeed, both are called perfect flawless in the Bible. Thus, he is unwilling peeter call his view either labels or conservative