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Scripture and the Authority of God

How to Read the Bible Today

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In Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today, Widely respected Bible and Jesus scholar, N. T. Wright gives new life to the old, tattered doctrine of the authority of scripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concise statement on the current “battles for the Bible,” and restoring scripture as the primary place to find God’s voice.

In this revised and expanded version of The Last Word, leading biblical scholar N. T. Wright shows how both evangelicals and liberals are guilty of misreading Scripture and reveals a new model for understanding God’s authority and the Bible.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 29, 2005 – What do people mean when they say they believe the Bible is the "Word of God"? And why should they be at war with each other over the role of the Bible in the life of the church? Wright, an Anglican bishop and author of Jesus and the Victory of God, believes the church needs to re-examine the Bible's role in the life and piety of its people. Surveying biblical and contemporary history, he explains how the Bible, and the church's understanding of it, have been affected by the complex interplay of religion with reason, tradition, politics and culture. In true Anglican style, Wright takes a middle road between evangelical insistence on biblical inerrancy and the modernist tendency to dismiss biblical authority as an expression of "anti-intellectual pre-modernity." His final chapter, entitled "How to Get Back on Track," prescribes a path that integrates scripture more fully into the life of the church, proclaiming the Bible in such a way that it refocuses the believing community whose central focus is "the goal of God's kingdom." Wright offers sensible insights on the transforming power of God, very necessary in these times of skepticism and confusion.

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Another excellent book from N.T. Wright, the most prolific thinker and writer of this generation. This book deals with the improper ways most people read the Bible in the western world. He dismantles modernity and post-modernity and offers a solution in the unfolding narrative of God which climaxes with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Scripture and the Authority of the Bible

N. T. Wright provokes the reader to think about Scripture's authority by looking at the Bible in five divine acts whereby God progressively moves from an old corrupt created order (due to sin) to a new created (due Jesus' life, death, and resurrection). Great emphasis is placed on recognizing that the Bible is not "flat" but rather God's progressive revelation whereby believers are currently living in God's fifth act ... God's new created order. And though not a progressive dispensationalism by any means, many of Wright's perspectives parallel that of Bock and Blaising. Another example may be found in the book Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises and Coming of Israel's King where an emphasis also exists in viewing the Bible as progressive revelation concerning the concept of messiah.

Scripture and the Authority of God
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  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Mar 01, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
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