INTERPRETING SCRIPTURE

Here is an excellent post from the Old Testament scholar Peter Enns. He lists five words for how he interprets the Bible: genre-calibration, Christo-telic, incarnational, ecumenical, and pilgrimage.

“My prompt for this post is to clarify some of what I am doing in The Bible Tells Me So and Inspiration and Incarnation, which is to say this post addresses some questions I’ve gotten, especially since The Bible Tells Me So came out in September.

Questions like: “Pete, what exactly is your problem?” or “Did you take hermeneutics with Satan, because that’s the only explanation I can find for why you say what you do on page….”

I’ve also gotten far more very nice and supportive questions from non-crazy people who are genuinely helped by what I am trying to do and are working through their own paradigm shift on their journey of Christian faith.”

I always get a lot out of reading his work. The article is on his blog at patheos.


  1. I highly recommend his books Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evolution of Adam, and The Bible Tells Me So.

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