The controversial Bible scholar and author of The Evolution of Adam recounts his transformative spiritual journey in which he discovered a new, more honest way to love and appreciate God’s Word.
Trained as an evangelical Bible scholar, Peter Enns loved the Scriptures and shared his devotion, teaching at Westminster Theological Seminary. But the further he studied the Bible, the more he found himself confronted by questions that could neither be answered within the rigid framework of his religious instruction or accepted among the conservative evangelical community.
Rejecting the increasingly complicated intellectual games used by conservative Christians to “protect” the Bible, Enns was conflicted. Is this what God really requires? How could God’s plan for divine inspiration mean ignoring what is really written in the Bible? These questions eventually cost Enns his job—but they also opened a new spiritual path for him to follow.
The Bible Tells Me So chronicles Enns’s spiritual odyssey, how he came to see beyond restrictive doctrine and learned to embrace God’s Word as it is actually written. As he explores questions progressive evangelical readers of Scripture commonly face yet fear voicing, Enns reveals that they are the very questions that God wants us to consider—the essence of our spiritual study.
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How can someone so smart miss so much?
I wish I was as smart and knew as much about the Old Testament as Peter Enns, there are some beautiful insights into the messages in the Old Testament here, that are amazing. I hope some day to be as well read and have such an in depth knowledge of the HISTORY of Israel.
Unfortunately there are some very wide gaps in his arguments against the historicity of the Old Testament.
Ultimately I find it so frustrating that he ignores themes that have huge carry over between the New Testament and the old. I mean it's right there in Genesis that All the earth will be blessed through Abraham's seed. If the New Testament is true, and Jesus is the answer to this promise, then I'd God can prefigure Christ in the Old Testament, why can't Genesis prefigure Israel, before the time of the kings?
And if the Torah was written during the time of the kings, what book of the law were they referring back to at that time?
And if it was all made up anyways, and 1st century Jews knew that, why was the Torah such a point of strong controversy.
By all means, read this book, and learn lots, and be humbled a little bit by things you didn't notice before, but read something else of a more traditional evangelical SCHOLARLY vein as well.
Also read Psalm 119 and consider if this book makes you sing more or less with the Psalmist about the written revelation of God.