Holy Scripture: Revelation, Inspiration  Interpretation, By Donald G. Bloesch

Holy Scripture

Revelation, Inspiration Interpretation

Christian Foundations


by Donald G. Bloesch

Holy Scripture
  • Length: 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 6 × 9 in
  • Published: December 02, 2005
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 2752
  • ISBN: 9780830827527

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Voted one of Christianity Today's Books of the Year

In Holy Scripture, Donald G. Bloesch sets out the pivotal evangelical doctrines of the Bible's revelation, inspiration and interpretation. Striving to "defend the orthodox evangelical faith from its friends as well as its enemies," he provocatively argues against both evangelical rationalism and liberal experientialism. And he proposes the alternative of biblical evangelicalism--which sees Scripture as the written Word of God but stresses that it becomes the living Word of God only through the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

In dialogue with Martin Luther, John Calvin, P. T. Forsyth, Karl Barth and Emil Brunner, Bloesch's Holy Scripture examines the implications of biblical authority for the 21st century. It surveys the role of the Bible as seen within the Bible itself and as that role has unfolded through centuries of Christian tradition. It also explains and critiques many highly contested issues, such as the value of biblical criticism, the meaning of myth, the plethora of hermeneutical options and the nature of truth.

"Bloesch argues convincingly for a theology of Word and Spirit, not of rationalism or mysticism. Like Luther and Calvin, Forsyth and Barth, his mentors, Bloesch believes that the power of the Word of God creates its own hearing. Christologically centered and biblically rooted, Bloesch is in continual dialogue with theologians past and present. He states that his desire in [A Theology of Word Spirit] is to produce 'an enlivening and liberating orthodoxy,' and he has succeeded."

Robert K. Johnston, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Holy Scripture could well represent the high point of evangelicalism's dialogue with modern skepticism."

The Covenant Quarterly



1. Introduction
The Witness of Sacred Tradition
Modern Errors
Toward a Theology of Word and Spirit

2. The Crisis in Biblical Authority
Inerrancy and Infallibility in Historical Perspective
Need for Reinterpretation
Models of Scriptural Authority

3. The Meaning of Revelation
Revelation as Truth and Event
Revelation and the Bible
Truth and Error in Protestant Orthodoxy
Revelation in Nature and History
Revelation and Reason
Appendix A: Conflict in Theological Method

4. The Inspiration of Scripture
The Reformation
Orthodoxy and Pietism
The Question of Inerrancy
The Nature of Inspiration
Inspiration and Revelation
Appendix B: The Rogers-McKim Proposal

5. Scripture and the Church
The Problem of the Canon
The Bible over the Church
The Bible Within the Church
The Supreme Authority for Faith
Appendix C: The Apocrypha

6. The Hermeneutical Problem
The Dynamics of Interpretation
Breakthrough into Understanding
The Natural and the Spiritual Sense
Guidelines of the Reformers
Hermeneutical Options Today
Faith and Criticism
Appendix D: Narrative Theology
Appendix E: Hermeneutical Pluralism and Transcendence

7. Rudolf Bultmann: An Enduring Presence
Cultural and Theological Background
Distinctive Emphases
A New Venture in Hermeneutics
God Hidden and Revealed
Freedom for Obedience
A Neoliberal Theology

8. The Bible and Myth
The Conversion of Myth
Narrative Forms in the Bible
The Bible as Myth and History

9. Truth in Biblical Philosophical Perspective
Biblical Understandings
Faith's Encounter with Philosophy
Truth in the Technological Society
Models of Truth
The Current Controversy

Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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Donald G. Bloesch

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen, and Basel. He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience, and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.