In this final installment of his trilogy on the central ordinances of the Christian faith (baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the proclamation of God's Word), Ben Witherington asks: What does it mean to call the Bible "God's word"? In doing so, he takes on other recent studies which downplay the connection between history and theology, or between historical accuracy and truth claims. The Bible is not merely to be viewed as a Word about God, Witherington argues. Instead, he says, the Bible exhorts us to see the Bible as a living Word from God.
Ben Witherington, III (Ph.D. Durham) is Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and the author of more than 20 books, including The Problem with Evangelical Theology (Baylor University Press 2005) and Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (Baylor University Press 2007).
DedicationForeword1. Seeking the Word of God2. Inspiration without an Expiration Date3. The Ends of Enns: The Danger of an Analogy4. Truth Telling as an Art Form5. Can these things be true?6. Did the Canon and its Translators Misfire?7. How to pick a translation without losing your religion8. Rightly dividing the Word of Truth9. The Art of reading Scripture in a Post-modern WorldAfterword: The Sacrifice of the Intellect?Appendix: Bible Q&ANotes