Recycled Book Review #1: Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation

For one reason or another I began browsing the archives of my old biblioblog. As I did, I began to wonder about two things: (1) Whether some of my older book reviews had any value and (2) whether I'd recognize my present self in my older reviews. It turns out that the first officially categorized "book review" post was my review of Peter Enns' Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Old Testament. I reviewed it March 19th, 2009, when the blog wasn't very old. (Technically, I began blogging in 2005, but in fits and starts.) I was a student at Western Seminary - San Jose pursuing a MA in Biblical and Theological Studies at the time. This makes my final paragraph, a summary, all the more interesting. I wrote:

While Enns does not answer all, of even most, of the questions that his book asks, he does allow evangelicals the freedom to hold to our commitment to the Scriptures as the revealed Word of God without resorting to blind apologetics when the text does not seem be as tidy as we might imagine a book “breathed” by God to be. At the very least this work allows for the perspectives of others, like Brevard Childs or John Sailhamer, to have a contrasting voice for us to listen to and glean from.

Honestly, I have no idea why I juxtaposed Enns' bibliology with that of Childs and Sailhamer. Sailhamer was loosely affiliated with Western Seminary at the time. I don't remember even reading anything from Childs until a bit later. Western Seminary teaches the doctrine of inerrancy with which I wrestled for several years. In a sentence that seems to indicate I was trying to hold together Enns' perspective with some form of inerrancy I wrote, "While the Spirit did inspire the Scriptures, and while we can accept that it is true in all it teaches, we should accept that this revelation is tucked inside the jargon, the idioms, and the worldviews of those who first received these texts. " Sounds like what some Evangelicals call "infallibility". 

Enns book was rereleased in a 10th Anniversary Edition last year. It remains a landmark work amongst Evangelicals struggling with the divine-human binary of the doctrine of inspiration. I found it thought provoking. I presume that while my own views of the Bible continued to evolve away from an Evangelical bibliology, Enns' influence remained to some degree. Anyway, it's an interesting lil' review to revisit. Here's my full entry from several years ago: Book Review: Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation.