A storyline lies at the heart of building a Christian worldview, understanding the gospel, focusing on Christ, and rejecting false worldview. Without this biblical storyline, it becomes difficult to achieve the four things mentioned. This article explains the importance of teaching the Bible's storyline.
What is the character of the speech of God? This article explains that it is God's personal speech to us, yet what is particularly unique about his voice is that it comes through other voices. The author says that his voice sounds like Jesus.
This article addresses questions such as: Are our Bible translations accurate? Were the original sources accurately copied? Were these originals truly the best sources? Were the original authors mistaken? The conclusion is certain: we have every reason to believe the Bible is reliable.
This article addresses the question, "What is the 'Word of God'?"
How do I know the Bible is true? There are three things that point to the truthfulness of Scripture: the testimony of Scripture itself, its unity, and the fulfillment of prophecy. Let the article explain these.
The doctrine of Scripture is essential to the ministry of the Word. To argue this, the article defines the inspiration of Scripture, its authority, its inerrancy, and its sufficiency. Then the article demonstrates how these relate to the preaching of the Word, and how the ministry of the Word must shape the life of the congregation.
Chapter 1 articulates a short doctrine of Scripture. The author believes that it is doubtful whether a coherent understanding of the nature of Scripture can be sustained where there is not at the same time a grasp of the message of the Bible. It is important to know the God who stands behind the Bible. In the second part of the essay Carson explores the changing face of hermeneutics, and how to interpret the Bible.
This article looks at the doctrine of Scripture within the Belgic Confession and the Westminster Confession.
This volume emerges in a context where the church’s belief in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of Scripture as God’s written Word is being assaulted. Chapter 1 tries to relate the doctrine of Scripture and the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Oliphint first reflects on why the confession starts with the doctrine of Scripture. He next set out a few highlights from the Confession.
This article looks at the Westminster Confession on the topics of the divine originality of scripture, the historical reliability of scripture and the harmony of scripture. The author contrasts this with the claim of modern scholarship of the human origin of scripture, and the denial of the historical reliability and harmony of scripture. The author applies this to doing hermeneutics, and calls for use of the Westminster Confession as a guide in dealing with these issues.
In Chapter 1 the author introduces the main contention of this volume on the doctrine of the Word of God, that the speech of God to man is real speech. God’s speech can be understood and man can be held accountable to respond appropriately. Frame’s thesis is that God’s Word is a personal communication from him to us.
This article shows that the Word of God cannot be equated with the Bible. God's Word includes His powerful speech (stating what will happen), authoritative speech (stating what ought to happen), and His personal presence. This is the self expression of God, or His Word. This article is about the nature of Scripture.
This article investigates the relevancy of Scripture. It addresses the question regarding what kind of knowledge the Bible provides. The author suggests three of these kinds of knowledge: first, conceptual knowledge of God and the principles that control the relationship between him and his creation; second, directional knowledge in matters of experience and conduct; and third, knowledge of the basis for devotional meditation. The article also handles the matter of the clarity of Scripture.
Yamauchi reflects on three contrasting attitudes toward and interpretations of Scripture. The first sees Scripture as a talisman, where Scripture is used almost as a magical tool. The reference to Scripture as a specimen points to the critical analysis of the texts, as objects of academic study. A third view sees Scripture as a dragoman.
At its beginning stages textual criticism aimed at establishing the text as the author wished to have it presented to the public. Modern textual criticism has taken a different turn. This article looks at five aims in the study of textual criticism within OT studies.
This article is a critical reading and response to James Barr's book Fundamentalism. The main focus of the article is on evangelical scholarship's doctrine of Scripture and the way it gives shape to its interpretation of Scripture. Silva reflects further on the misrepresentations Barr makes of evangelical understandings of the nature of Scripture.
This article evaluates the work of T. F. Torrance as a critic of evangelical orthodoxy. One of the main criticisms of Torrance is the alleged separation between the Word of God as Scripture and the revelation of God in his work of redemption. The article acknowledges much of Torrance's concern, yet also attempts to show a problematic disjunction in his thought at this very point and to show a way to salvage and enhance Torrance's own Christocentric-Trinitarian theological purpose.
This article considers the preservation of the Scriptures in relation to the inspiration of the original manuscripts. The author looks at the history of the Old Testament text, the Masoretic text and its witnesses, including discoveries from the Dead Sea Scrolls. The New Testament is also discussed with equal weight on its purity as far as the autographs are concerned.