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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Jul 04, Raborn rated it really liked it. It’ll be best to assess the book by considering a set of answers from Enns to three questions: When Christians step back and reexamine the Bible in light of its historical context and its various parts in relation to each other, they begin to see that some of their older assumptions about the nature of Scripture no longer stand. He also affirms that one cannot properly apply the law without recognizing the different situations that are addressed This, in my opinion, is the strength of the book.

I have never believed in an inerrant Bible. Finally, Enns believes there are inconsistencies in the moral law in the Old Testament Incarnatin believes the idea that the Bible walks in a contextless and culture-less vacuum to be analogous to the heresies concerning Christ. I’ll give aand a try. We accept the Bible as the word of God by faith Rnns is a controversial view which is hardly proven, and in my opinion creates more tension than is actually there.

Basic Issues Regentwill provide the reader with further clarity on issues of revelation. It is easy not to face real difficulties honestly.

Enns has other chapters on the anthropomorphic uses of language about God. Now, if one simply wanted to make the above argument as a pastoral illustration and application of Psalm 95, nobody would bat an eye.

It requires much more energy and effort on our part, but in my estimation, the payoff–knowing God that much better–is so worth it.

Good questions asked and a good reason for asking them. Needless to say, I was disappointed when the author announced in the introduction that he had no intention of defending either, but was simply assuming them. I recognize that Enns is trying to reach a particular audience — namely, conservative Evangelicals — and, as such, must analyze the Bible in a way that is still palatable for a conservative readership.


Author Peter Enns has had an interesting relationship with the Evangelical church. Want to Read saving…. So though Inspiration and Incarnation could be a deeply unsettling book for the orthodox Christian, it ought not to inspiratin, and need not be.

I appreciated this book, its tone and approach.

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

Trivia About Inspiration and I What Is the Alliance? The kind of God that works through a human context is not only more realistic, but also more compelling. Proper interpretation is a community activity-a historic community, the family of God. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive?

Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament by Peter Enns

He claims that we cannot reason back from the evidence for the historicity of later Old Testament books to that of earlier ones In spite of the many good things Professor Enns affirms, there are many troubling things to ponder. Through the Spirit, we can feel Isaiah as “speaking mesianically” and testifying of Christ even if Isaiah himself didn’t necessarily have the same understanding of what he was writing. Enns divides his comparison into three categories: Isaiah taps into the broader theme of Christ’s victory over death, and for the rest that Christians hope to receive upon the final judgment.

That said, this is an introduction to a conversation on the dual divine-human nature of Scripture.

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

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 ennx be interpreted.

Certainly, when God revealed himself in Holy Scripture there was an adaptation to human finitude. God, then, does not profess to answer in Scripture all the questions that we, inspiratiom our boundless curiosity, would like to ask about Scripture.


Enns asks us to set aside our conceptions of how scripture should work if it is inerrant to wor Peter Enns has stirred up something of a tempest in some evangelical circles with this book on scripture as well as a more recent book on Adam and evolution. Is the Bible unique? There are inconsistencies in the moral law in the Old Testament He contends that the traditional grammatical-historical is generally a good approach, but it is insufficient First, even Enns admits this is a minority view among evangelicals.

Second, he look In this accessible study, Peter Enns offers an evangelical affirmation of biblical authority that considers questions raised by the nature of the Old Testament text.

His Chapter 2 pages sets out the challenge to the nature of Scripture from its setting in the ancient near east. Often the responses to such difficulties have been superficial reconciliations that seem unsatisfactory to the careful reader.

Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns

Their modern preconceptions blind them to the Scripture’s own dynamic. Warfield had this to say. A great introduction to a conversation that needs greater pursuit in the Evangelical community. It is not just a black and white, keep this law always understanding. It is surely right to insist that Genesis does not address modern questions of a scientific nature. His examples clearly show that diversity is inherent in the Old Testament, not something imposed from the outside as some evangelicals would argue.

Mar 02, Dave Lester rated it really liked it Shelves: If Enns’ is correct on many of his points, Evangelicals—shucks, conservatives of all traditions—will have to rethink much conventional wisdom, or at least think harder on sensitive issues. The latter, at least, more plausibly does so.

But it has everything to do with the weakness of the method that Enns has adopted. We shall find that Enns’s answers to each of these questions take him farther and farther away from being able incarnstion maintain an orthodox doctrine of Scripture.