God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship

God's Word in Human Words: An Evangelical Appropriation of Critical Biblical Scholarship

by Kenton L. Sparks


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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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ISBN-13: 9780801027017
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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

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