Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation

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Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation. By David S. Dockery. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1995, xi + 257 pp., $19.99 paper.

In Christian Scripture, David Dockery has provided a helpful little volume on the nature and authority of Scripture as well as a history of interpretation.

The book comes in two parts (and I would use them in different classes). The first part affirms that the Bible is divine revelation. It is inspired and true (inerrant). It has authority over our lives, and we can trust it in spite of our imperfect knowledge of its transmission and canonization process. Dockery covers a great deal of material in swift fashion and pleasant accuracy. If one knows the issues, one can see that Dockery has dealt with the major ones. He does not take the space to argue many points, nor to fill out the significance of his affirmations. He is not arguing in this book; he is stating conclusions. In this way, the brevity of the book is maintained without compromising the diversity of topics he addresses.

The second half of the book, on interpretation, takes a surprising turn. The first half stated conclusions and pieces of theology the wise student should affirm. The second part of the book begins by tracing the history of biblical hermeneutics for two chapters. I liked those two chapters so much (because of the brevity and accuracy) that I may use them for required reading in an upcoming class on hermeneutics. …

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