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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Indeed, both are called perfect flawless in the Bible. Diverse factual content is not incompatible with theological petre The diversity in the theology of Chronicles compared inspiratikn Samuel-Kings is not a contradiction but arises from selection and emphasis for the changed context after the exile.
There was only one cleansing of the temple by Jesus 65even though the Gospels list two at different times. He glories in its anachronisms and contradictions, as these show its human authorship.
OT history is not untrue because it is not objective He draws out parallels between parts of incarnagion Old Testament with ancient Near Eastern documents, and emphasises the common cultural settings of both.
At times he poses straw-man arguments or vague ones that I wish he would be more specific about.
My initial knowledge of it came through a somewhat abrasively hostile review in New Horizons the Orthodox Presbyterian Church magazine last year, which I am surprised was published in that form. At the other extreme a positive, certainly non-critical, review petre in Evangelicals Now!
Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament – Reformation21
My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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 The Old Testament and Theological Diversity 4.
To hear that ‘Our interpretation of the Bible is provisional’ is potentially unsettling and destabilising to any sincere believer. One inherent self-contradiction in this approach seems to be that he has asked us to set aside our doctrinal conceptions about scripture to encounter scripture on its own terms Yet he seems to permit the reading in of our doctrine of the person and work of Christ into both how scripture works and how it is to be interpreted.
Christian interpretation is well beyond scientific markers objective criteria Also, it’s totally divine, because, well, he doesn’t actually say why. Is it so much of a stretch, then, to say that the human nature of Scripture is likewise a gift rather than a problem?
Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns – Rowland S Ward
After making note of the vast similarities between the writings of the ancient world and the Hebrew Bible, Enns concludes that though the Bible is not totally unique and otherworldly, it is made special by being the word of God.
Enns also spends much time noting the differences between Kings and Chronicles, of which I assume many Evangelicals are familiar. There is no objective unbiased view of history Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. But there is nothing new here, except the emphasis that Enns gives to these facts, and his failure to tell us what he means by uniqueness.
He does this without abandoning a historical and intellectual approach or forcing the Bible into something that it is not. It is encouraging to see an evangelical engage with reality rather than hide from it. His examples clearly show that diversity is inherent in the Old Testament, not something imposed from the outside as some evangelicals would argue.
It’ll be best to assess the book by considering incarnatioh set of answers from Enns to three questions: It looks like they just take the Old Testament passages out of context. Enns proposes that one way we can resolve incarnaation these issues is by viewing the scriptures as “incarnational.
Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns
I think Enns’s work also suffers in one more regard. Jun 02, Jonathan Hatt rated it liked it. Is it not likely that God would have allowed his word to come to the ancient Israelites according to standards they understood, or are modern standards of truth and error so universal that we should expect pre-modern cultures to have made use of them? 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.
The Christian answer is that it is in certain important respects unique: The conclusion to which one is driven is that Enns’s Christian ‘intuitions’ are only possible by willing them to be true, not only without any evidence to support them but in the face of what Enns takes to be the evidence against them. It is not just a black and white, keep this law always understanding. Sep 14, Cody rated it liked it.
He also presents a lot of evidence that the Bible is a very human book. If there were more rating increments available, I think 4. I was told sometime back that this book could be earth-shattering. It begins a conversation that is often swept under the carpet and ignored by conservatives.
For the Christian what raises – and should settle – the question of the normativity of the Old Testament is the New Testament. Here, Enns has a very uncomfortable point. So I have thought of one: These are among the central questions the author himself raises. Enns divides his comparison into three categories: We see now that Enns’s problems have little or nothing inpiration do inpiration the discoveries and claims of Old Testament scholarship. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
It goes against our basic instinct; they took some passages out of context and used them for their own agendas. Indeed, at time Enns seems to admit that there are these kinds of errors in the Bible. He is opposed to apologetics that defends the perfection of Bible If you have any doubt about this, I would encourage you to listen to Z. I consider myself Christian, and am highly fascinated with religion in general.
Diversity in the Bible, however, is not God contradicting himself. Peetr theological diversity is not especially problematic either. Nov 14, Jonathan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Overall, I found this section less interesting or helpful than the other parts.