The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible

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In this final installment of his trilogy on the central ordinances of the Christian faith (baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the proclamation of God's Word), Ben Witherington asks: What does it mean to call the Bible "God's word"? In doing so, he takes on other recent studies which downplay the connection between history and theology, or between historical accuracy and truth claims. The Bible is not merely to be viewed as a Word about God, Witherington argues. Instead, he says, the Bible exhorts us to see the ...
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Overview


In this final installment of his trilogy on the central ordinances of the Christian faith (baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the proclamation of God's Word), Ben Witherington asks: What does it mean to call the Bible "God's word"? In doing so, he takes on other recent studies which downplay the connection between history and theology, or between historical accuracy and truth claims. The Bible is not merely to be viewed as a Word about God, Witherington argues. Instead, he says, the Bible exhorts us to see the Bible as a living Word from God.
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If we believe that Scripture is God's word and that God cannot err, then it follows the Bible is inerrant. But what would have constituted an error in the biblical cultures? What does Scripture testify about itself and the nature of its reliability? Ben Witherington, prolific NT professor at Asbury

Seminary, addresses these and related questions, including the formation of the canon, the history of Bible translations, how to choose among the many English-language versions, and basic hermeneutical principles. Almost every reader will disagree at some point, but the vast majority of his positions are compelling and clear. Warmly to be recommended.

--Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament,Denver Seminary

Whatever Ben Witherington writes goes to the top of my 'must read' list. His new book doesn't disappoint. It's insightful, creative, provocative, and challenging - in other words, it's pure Ben!

--Lee Strobel, author of The Case for the Real Jesus

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602581920
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/2007
  • Pages: 291
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Ben Witherington III (Ph.D. University of Durham) is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Problem With Evangelical Theology (Baylor University Press 2005), Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (Baylor University Press 2007), and Making a Meal of it: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord's Supper (Baylor University Press 2007).
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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Seeking the Word of God     1
Inspiration without an Expiration Date     15
The Ends of Enns: The Danger of an Analogy     35
Truth Telling As an Art Form     51
Can These Things Be True?     83
Did the Canon and Its Translators Misfire?     113
How to Pick a Translation without Losing Your Religion     137
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth     151
The Art of Reading Scripture in a Postmodern World     171
Afterword: The Sacrifice of the Intellect?     195
Bible Q&A     201
Notes     255
Index     265
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