The conclusions of critical biblical scholarship often pose a disconcerting challenge to traditional Christian faith. Between the two poles of uncritical embrace and outright rejection of these conclusions, is there a third way? Can evangelical believers incorporate the insights of biblical criticism while at the same time maintaining a high view of Scripture and a vital faith? In this provocative book, Kenton Sparks argues that the insights from historical and biblical criticism can indeed be valuable to evangelicals and may even yield solutions to difficult issues in biblical studies while avoiding pat answers. This constructive response to biblical criticism includes taking seriously both the divine and the human aspects of the Bible and acknowledging the diversity that exists in the biblical texts.
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About the Author
Kenton L. Sparks (PhD, University of North Carolina) is vice president for marketing and enrollment and is also special assistant to the president at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books, including Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible and Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Israel.
Table of Contents
1. Epistemology and Hermeneutics
2. Historical Criticism
3. The Problem of Biblical Criticism
4. "Traditional" Responses to Biblical Criticism
5. Constructive Responses to Biblical Criticism
6. The Genres of Human Discourse
7. The Genres of Divine Discourse
8. The Context of the Whole and Biblical Interpretation
9. Negotiating the Context of the Whole
10. Biblical Criticism and Christian Theology: A Few Examples
Conclusions: Biblical Criticism and Christian Institutions
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won't claim that I fully agree with every point that Sparks makes in God's Words in Human Words (GWHW)--he tackles many issues and makes a lot of points--but I think he elucidates what is--in my opinion--a wonderfully robust post-modern hermeneutic. He has managed to embrace Biblical criticism and post-modern literary theory while, I believe, remaining orthodox. The book left me feeling more intellectually and spiritually satisfied than I have in a long time--high praise, I know.One of my favourite sentences from the book:"Any good epistemology will need to explain why common sense seems to work so well; but it will also need to contend with the fact that common sense is that innate capacity by which we infer that the earth is flat."
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