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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Proper inwpiration is a community activity-a historic community, the family of God down through the centuries. Even the contradictory laws concerning the Passover feast become understandable when we consider the different situations that account for the apparent contradiction in wordings: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I enjoyed Enns’ argument for a shift in our expectation of what the Bible is – embracing the ancient contexts of the texts and its authors.

I remember being perplexed by several OT quotations in the NT as far back as about 14 years of age. Still, Inspiration and Incarnation has its weaknesses. And what we find is that some passages we consider inspired may draw upon ancient near east traditions, passages in different books reflect diverse perspectives, sometimes upon the same matters, and the New Testament writers often interpret the Old Testament in ways that look suspiciously like peteg reading into the text rather than sound exegesis reading out of the text.

It seems liberal and conservative scholarship tend to fail in this area.

Inspiration and Incarnation : Peter Enns :

If you have any doubt about this, I would encourage you to listen to Z. NT writers use 2nd temple hermeneutics But at the same time, it is easy for a Christian to see Isaiah 11, along with the destruction of the Assyrians discussed in Isaiah It is only by attending to these phenomena, and especially to the successive contexts in which the various parts of the Bible came to be written, Enns believes, including the styles and methods of literary composition that they reveal, that we shall be able to understand the Bible’s diverse nature and so not approach it with closed minds that shut down the interpretative options.


If Enns is trying to persuade an evangelical audience of his way of seeing things, then he must grapple with an intelligent, evangelical reading of the text.

Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias and is the author of several books, including Inspiration and IncarnationThe Evolution of Adamand The Bible Tells Me So.

God speaks to people in ways they can understand even if that means certain things written are not literally true at least from the perspective of 21st century westerners. To express this, he uses what he calls the “incarnational ibspiration of Biblical inspiration. We have no absolute point of reference to interpret the Inspkration stripped of our own cultural context.

Often the text itself is changed. The result is that, as perhaps never before in the history of the church, we can see how incarnnation provisional and incomplete certain dimensions of our understanding of Scripture can be. Enns argues again, I think correctly that pteer problem lies not with the New Testament writers, but instead with our expectations of them, and of the way scriptures are “supposed” to behave.

I was told sometime back that this book could be earth-shattering. One example of this being his treatment of the mythic nature of Genesis: This author offers a way to e One of the most honest books I have read on this subject.

If you fall into the third category, you may hate this book and may even question the author’s salvation. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

May 22, Jon Beadle rated it really liked it. Lastly, Enns should be commended for his constructive thesis. Enns’ model – of incarnation – may not be a lasting idea. A great introduction to a conversation that needs greater pursuit in the Evangelical community. Warfield had this to say Christians are bound to receive the Bible as God’s Word written on the authority of Christ, not because they can prove it such by independent enquiry, but because as disciples they trust their divine Teacher.

Of course, Enns admits this is not a perfect analogy but his goal in offering this framing is to investigate the Divine origin of Scripture but also it’s human element. Trivia About Inspiration and I Go in expecting to come away with even more questions. Or, that Moses got God to actually change his plans This should immediately arouse our suspicions.


Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. He then suggests a way forward, proposing an incarnational model of biblical inspiration that takes seriously both inspiratiob divine and the human aspects of Scripture. Does the Bible consist of facts only, or of facts incarbation interpretations of those facts? Some heretics said Christ only appeared human but was really just God floating around, and some said he was just man and not really God.

He again appeals to an incarnational model, a way of seeing inspiration as in some ways similar to the accommodation of God in the Incarnation event—though God is fully present, Christ and likewise the Bible is fully human. Enns may be right: In spite of the many good things Professor Enns affirms, there are many troubling things to ponder. Taking Exception Lewis on the Christian Life. It begins a conversation that is often swept under the carpet and ignored by conservatives. This material is often challenging, causing me to wrestle with Enns and the text.

That does not mean, however, that we can do the same thing that the NT authors did.

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

Inspuration this is a denial of the inerrancy of Scripture. Enns is helpful in shaping honest and informed ways to think about the bible as being both human, and the word of and from God, proving that academia does not need to be seen as the great faith-killer. OT laws are culturally relative and not normative The “incarnational analogy” perspective would provide a way of understanding these notions that is both faithful to Scripture and scholarship.

Nor can one say all interpretation is progressive without standing outside the progress to make this pronouncement. Waltke of Regent College and Reformed Theological Seminary gives one of the blurbs on the back cover.