Saturday, August 01, 2009

Primer on inerrancy

Here are five useful books on the inerrancy of Scripture.

Gleason Archer, New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties (Zondervan 2001)

Craig Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (IVP; 2nd ed., 2007).

Kenneth Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Eerdmans, 2003)

V. Philips Long, The Art of Biblical History (Zondervan 1994).

Robert Stein, Interpreting Puzzling Texts in the New Testament (Baker, 1997)


  1. how bout sum more advancd books?
    thnx for all ur work.

  2. iustitiadei said:

    how bout sum more advancd books?

    New Age Bible Versions: An Exhaustive Documentation of the Message, Men, and Manuscripts Moving Mankind to the Antichrist's One World Religion by Gail Riplinger.

    Wikipedia details Riplinger's numerous academic accolades: "After high school, Riplinger went on to earn a BA in Interior Design, an MA in Home Economics, and an MFA from Kent State University, where she taught in the Home Economics department from 1981 to 1988. She was later awarded an honorary doctorate at Hyles-Anderson University."

  3. Well, Kitchen's volume is fairly advanced. Also, Stein's volume goes into some detail on particular passages.

    There are also books that address more specialized challenges to inerrancy, like Beale's The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism or Walton's The Lost World of Genesis One.

    Beyond that, you have to consult conservative commentaries on the Bible. Monographs on higher criticism. Monographs on archeological methodology, and so on.

  4. Sorry, iustitiadei, if you were asking a serious question. For some reason I was thinking you were joking.

  5. HA! thnx patrick. thnk u steve as well. wow, for a moment i thought u were serius patrick. pretty funny stuff. u guys rok!!

  6. Hi guys,

    Some/most folks believe that there is a hierarchy of doctrines. On the assumption that there is a hierarchy of doctrines, where would you place the doctrine of inerrancy, or more broadly the doctrine of the Authority of Scripture?

    P.S. Many folks believe that only doctrines of salvific importance are 1st-order. The seeming implication and impression that they leave behind in their writings is that doctrines that are *not* 1st-order is relatively adiaphora, and that too much unnecessary in-fighting takes place between fellow Christians.

    Do you get that impression as well on occasion? Or is it just me?

    And with respect to the doctrine of inerrancy, my personal take is that while it's obvious that people aren't saved by holding that the Bible doesn't contain error, it's still a very vital doctrine. Maybe on the order of it being 1A.

    Any thoughts?