Essays and book reviews by Don Carson on the nature, inspiration and authority of Scripture.
God's Word has always had enemies, but in recent years the inspiration and authority of Scripture have been attacked with renewed vigour. Over the past thirty years, respected scholar D. A. Carson has written widely on the nature of Scripture, and this volume presents a timely collection of his work, in two parts.
In Part 1, Carson selects essays written on such themes as how to interpret the Bible, recent developments in the doctrine of Scripture, unity and diversity in the New Testament, and redaction criticism. Presenting a theologically balanced and confessional perspective, Carson defines the terms of a number of debates, critiques interpretative methods and theories, and suggests positive guidelines for future action.
Part 2 presents critical reviews of nine books dealing with the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Though substantial in content, Carson's detailed reviews will foster careful thought and perspective in those who are relatively new to the debates surrounding biblical inspiration and authority.
This authoritative and diverse collection will prove to be a helpful resource to both seasoned pastors and scholars and those who are just starting serious study of the Bible.
Part 1 Essays
1. Approaching the Bible
What the Bible Is
How to Interpret the Bible
2. Recent Developments in the Doctrine of Scripture
Focus on the Phenomena of the Bible
Debates over Various Terms
Uncritical Attitudes toward Literary and Other Tools
Sensitivity to “Propositions” and “Literary Genre”
The New Hermeneutic and Problems of Epistemology
Discounting the Concursive Theory
The Diminishing Authority of the Scriptures in the Churches
3. Unity and Diversity in the New Testament: The Possibility of Systematic Theology
Statement of the Problem
4. Redaction Criticism: On the Legitimacy and Illegitimacy of a Literary Tool
The Development of Redaction Criticism
Common Criticisms Leveled against Redaction Criticism
Suggested Guidelines for the Use of Redaction Criticism
5. Is the Doctrine of Claritas Scripturae Still Relevant Today?
The Contemporary Challenge
A Preliminary Response
Part 2 Reviews
6. Three Books on the Bible: A Critical Review
William J. Abraham, The Divine Inspiration of Holy Scripture (1981)
James Barr, The Scope and Authority of the Bible (1980)
I. Howard Marshall, Biblical Inspiration (1982)
7. Three More Books on the Bible: A Critical Review
John Webster, Holy Scripture: A Dogmatic Sketch (2003)
Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament (2005)
N. T. Wright, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture (2005)
8. Review of Jeffrey L. Sheler, Is the Bible True? How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of the Scriptures (1999)
9. Review of Alan G. Padgett and Patrick R. Keifert, eds., But Is It All True? The Bible and the Question of Truth (2006)
10. Review of Roland Boer, Rescuing the Bible (2007)
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