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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God intended more than the human author of the Bible did It goes against our basic instinct; they ebns some passages out of context and used them for their own agendas.

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

This is surely what it means for God to reveal himself to people–he accommodates, condescends, meets them where they are. One agrees far too many evangelicals read the OT with a poor paradigm in mind. Objectivity, according to Enns, is complete freedom from bias.

He says, for example, ‘Exodus 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 The difficulty perhaps is that wnd initial comfort with this idea is dispelled somewhat because Enns, unlike Warfield, does not adequately develop the aspect of Scripture as truly Divine as well as truly human, and to that extent his incarnational model breaks down.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Enns cites a couple examples that suggest that the New Testament writers were merely engaging in interpretational techniques that were acceptable at the time. 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. Indeed, both are called perfect flawless in the Bible. ennw

Professor Enns claims that the non-Christian world view of their day influenced what the biblical authors wrote First, we will list some of them and then we will engage the most important ones. The implication was that the Hebrews stole this from the Babylonians. 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.


No trivia or quizzes yet. The fact that God knows more about the topic than the human author-or that more is affirmed elsewhere-is irrelevant.

There was only one cleansing of the temple by Jesus 65even though the Gospels list two at different times. But it is unique in being the Eiffel Tower, for it has features, important and significant features, such as its design and location, which it alone has, perhaps which it alone could have.

I love the incarnation analogy that Enns uses throughout the text — that the Bible is a work of the human and the divine working in tandem, just as Christ was both of God and of man. This tenth anniversary edition has an updated bibliography and includes a substantive postscript that reflects on the reception of the first edition. To claim any more for it is to attempt to read beneath, behind, or beyond the lines-rather than reading the lines.

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. He is opposed to apologetics that defends the perfection of Bible But if this kind of extra-biblical evidence can be used so strongly, then why cannot other archaeological evidence be used to support the historicity of the Bible.

Review: Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns

To do so borders on modern, Western arrogance. Who would have understood him?

So I suppose I’ll have to read that to get an idea. Finally, he considers how New Testament writers used the Old Testament. Goodreads is the ajd largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

My world has broadened through Enns thoughts and scholarship.

He differs both from modern critics and traditional evangelicals in two respects. Skip to main content. For example, how do we go from the fact that the ten commandments are presented differently in Exodus and Deuteronomy. The claims cannot be satisfactorily based on evidence, because by his own arguments inspirationn evidence is biased and provisional. All of this matched up very nicely with my own thinking on these topics. For an even more inspirattion summary, check this out: 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.


When God speaks and acts, he does so within the human drama as it is expressed at a certain time and place and with all the cultural trappings that go inspiratipn with it. It is a fact that a man hung on a cross.

Through the Spirit, we can feel Isaiah as “speaking mesianically” and testifying of Christ even if Isaiah himself didn’t necessarily have the insliration understanding of what he was writing.

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Why does Genesis bear such similarity to other ANE texts? There was no separation. But this is Holy Scripture, of which every word is inerrant. Now that we have set forth many of the areas of agreement and disagreement with Professor Enns, we will interact with several issues relating to the nature and understanding of Scripture. This model has the theological merit of juxtaposing Scripture, the mechanics of which the Church has historically defined very little, with the Incarnatkon of Christ, something the Church has refined ad nauseam.

The OT isn’t perfectly harmonized and often later parts of the OT will interpret and comment on earlier parts in ways that create tension? But in many places, Enns points out, the New Testament authors didn’t always feel compelled to rely on the original intent of the Old Testament text.

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

There’s some good stuff and some helpful looks at ANE documents inspirstion NT use of the OT, but there are plenty of books that do those things better and with more faithfulness to Scripture. Inspiration and Incarnation by Peter Enns. While the grammatical-historical method is a respected method and is generally preferred in how to interpret incarnatuon, the fact remains that the New Testament authors routinely violated this principle.

In the end, his ‘incarnational paradigm’ is of little interest to me. Dazed about the Days?