In some evangelical and Reformed circles, biblical scholars and systematic theologians are speaking to each other, but they aren't communicating well. Biblical scholars sometimes get the feeling that theologians are telling them what the Bible can and cannot say without really grappling with the thorny issues of interpretation, while theologians occasionally believe that their colleagues in the Bible department have "sold the ranch" in order to buy some broader academic respectability. What is unfortunate is that this "dialogue" occurs between people who sincerely and intelligently affirm that the Bible is God's Word. Peter Enns's new book struggles with both ends of this impasse by providing a robust understanding of biblical authority that accounts for the nature of the phenomena of Scripture as most evangelical and Reformed biblical scholars see it today. Thus, Enns's Inspiration and Incarnation is to be applauded for its contribution to the formulation of a healthy doctrine of the Bible, even if one can't, as this reviewer can't, agree with it in every detail.
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Issue: "The Promise-Driven Life" Nov./Dec. 2005 Vol. 14 No. 6 Page number(s): 33-34
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