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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Enns also embraces a post-modern form of subjectivism in interpreting Scripture. Although I understand why he’s asking the questions that make up the core foundation of this book, I still felt like he was trying too hard to find thing in Scripture to argue about To ask other readers questions about Inspiration and Incarnationplease sign up.

Second, he looks at the theological diversity of the Old Testament. They have been widely and thoroughly discussed in academic discourses as well as in more popular settings.

Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament – Reformation21

Description How can an evangelical view of Scripture be reconciled with modern biblical scholarship? So though Inspiration and Incarnation could be a deeply unsettling book for the orthodox Christian, it ought not to be, and need not be.

Yet one cannot help feel that Enns leaves us in some ill-defined area where we can concede lack of fundamental historicity, and indeed where we have such a bias in the history that our conclusions can only be provisional.

The prter isn’t perfect. A second incarnatiin of Enns is specific to the fourth chapter and his advocation of a Christotelic hermeneutic. This tenth anniversary edition has an updated bibliography and includes a substantive postscript that reflects on the reception of the first edition.


In context, this appears to be a prediction about what will happen as God frees Judah from the Assyrians with poetic license: 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.

He claims that we cannot reason back from the evidence for the historicity of later Old Testament books to that of earlier ones Some good answers will have to be given on how the Bible can be revealed and inspired, yet Genesis appears dependent on Babylonian and Sumerian myths.

Strangely perhaps, this fact has nothing to do with any of the claims made in the book about the language and literature of the Old Testament, or with what is said about the relationship between the two Testaments, on which Enns lavishes a great deal of attention. Quotes from Inspiration and I This leads to the next problem: Also, God knows far more about what the Bible incanration than the human writers did Nevertheless, on incarnarion central matters, the heart of the web, the teaching of the Bible is clear.

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

The theological diversity is not especially problematic either. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? Be the first to ask a question about Inspiration and Incarnation. Divinity students welcome Enns’s invitation to think theologically about history–how the historical ‘problems’ of the Bible may in fact be a crucial aspect of its theological witness. Finally, Enns believes there are inconsistencies in the moral law in the Old Testament I was told sometime back that this book could be earth-shattering.


This book continues to strike a chord that resonates.

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

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. Moreover, Enns does not give us any specific example of when the incarnational analogy does not hold up.

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. Many interesting and relevant points and questions are raised; however, many times he prefers to simply state his conclusions, with only a minimal level of argumentation.

Overall, I found this section less interesting or helpful than the other parts. I did not find that to be the case. I think Enns’s work also suffers in one more regard.

Enns’ model – of incarnation – may not inspirtaion a lasting idea. For the Christian what raises – and should settle – the question of the normativity of the Old Testament is the New Testament. That is, while debates rage over the composition and origins of the biblical texts we now have, whatever that process, whatever we might think about it or academics insist about it, that this final form was what God wanted us to have.