Saturday, August 01, 2009

Primer on inerrancy

Some useful books on the historicity and inerrancy of Scripture.

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

Gregory Beale, The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism (Crossway 2008)

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

_____, Can We Still Believe the Bible? (Brazos 2012) This is a mixed bag.

_____, The Historical Reliability of the New Testament (B&H Academic, 2016)

D. A. Carson, ed. The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (Eerdmans, 2016)

Steven Cowan and Terry Wilder, In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture (B&H 2013)

James Hoffmeier & Dennis MaGary, eds., Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? (Crossway 2012)

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

John Oswalt, The Bible Among the Myths (Zondervan 2009)

Jonathan Pennington, Reading the Gospels Wisely (Baker 2012)

Vern Poythress, Inerrancy and the Gospels (Crossway 2012)

_____, Inerrancy and Worldview (Crossway 2012)

[N.B. both titles available online]

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

I. Provan, V. P. Long & T. Longman, eds. A Biblical History of Israel (WJK 2003).

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

Noel Weeks, The Sufficiency of Scripture (Banner of Truth 1988)

E. J. Young, Thy Word is Truth (Eerdmans 1981).


  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?