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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Ironically, Enns is rejecting his own incarnational model by positing a deeper, mystical, allegorical meaning to the biblical text than the historical-grammatical method reveals. For him, both mainstream evangelicalism and skeptical biblical criticism have been failing to reconcile the doctrine of inspiration of Scripture with recent biblical scholarship.

Enns asks an important question, though: We should, rather, learn to be thankful that God came to them just as he did more fully in Bethlehem many, many centuries later. But there was no accommodation to human error. But by his appeal to the universal presence of axe-grinding bias Enns has painted himself into a corner, as we shall now see. Click here to sign up. Enns claims that our interpretation of the entire Bible is provisional.

But he immediately adds nuances that our interpretive method, for instance, grammatical-historical interpretation, is also bound to our modern culture and therefore has only provisional value, and that our grammatical-hermeneutical method may not lead us to the right hermeneutical conclusions; it is another modern assumption that the right interpretive method will automatically result in the right interpretation.


This book continues to strike a chord that resonates. The Bible not a timeless how-to book that applies today This author offers a way to e One of the most honest books I have read on this subject.

Professor Enns is correct in positing an incarnational model that includes two important factors: In these respects the uniqueness of the Old Testament is diminished. The third problem–that of interpretation–is more interesting, and probably the best part of this book, though it is more difficult to see how the “incarnational” framework applies here.

Enns is a challenge to read. Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open. Log In Sign Up. It is too easily read through the interpretative grid provided by polarised evangelical—liberal positions. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

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

After making note of the vast similarities between the writings of the ancient world and the Hebrew Bible, Enns concludes that though the Bible is not totally unique and inspirstion, it is made special by being the word of God. On indarnation deity of Christ, say, or the Trinity, or the penal character of Christ’s death, or election and predestination, or salvation by grace through faith, it is just madness to suppose that ‘our confession of the Bible has a provisional quality to it’.

These factors have likely influenced my perceptions of this book. Isaiah talks about those who will be delivered, but Paul talks about the Messiah’s point inspirahion origin Proper interpretation is a community activity-a historic community, the family of God down through the centuries.

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

In other words, does the dependency thesis negate inerrancy? I confess my own reading of the first few chapters was a positive experience, but as I went further on I revised my opinion somewhat. Taking Exception Onspiration on the Christian Life. However, it does suggest that there are significant overlaps with his view and the historic evangelical view of Scripture.


To be able to confess that the Bible is God’s Word is the gift of faith’. Suppose that it does consists of facts and interpretations. This model has the theological merit of juxtaposing Scripture, the mechanics of which the Church has historically defined very little, with the Incarnation of Christ, something the Church has refined ad nauseam. Yet it is worth extra effort to consider his points on the inspiration of scripture and how we, I, handle this ancient and sacred book today.

We have no absolute point of reference to interpret the Bible stripped of our own cultural context. I hope he will continue the conversation either in other books or a revision inspiratino this book.

I found this last most helpful and his proposal that the apostles used a christotelic hermeneutic, one that sees Christ as the end or fulfillment of the Old Testament and reads the Old Testament through the work anv Christ.

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