The Marks of Scripture: Rethinking the Nature of the Bible
The Marks of Scripture: Rethinking the Nature of the Bible

The Marks of Scripture: Rethinking the Nature of the Bible

by Daniel Castelo and Robert W. Wall

Pages 192
Publisher Baker Academic
Published 2019
ISBN-13 9780801049552
What is the Bible and what is it for? In recent years, the nature of Scripture has often been described in terms of a Chalcedonian incarnational analogy: just as Jesus is both human and divine, so Scripture is both human and divine. And the function of Scripture has been understood as informative: it imparts information to humans about God. These ways of looking at Scripture are not wholly sufficient, however, for teaching us what the Bible is and what we should expect it to do.

Written by a theologian and a biblical scholar, The Marks of Scripture offers a fresh model for understanding Scripture as God's Word. Daniel Castelo and Robert Wall show that Scripture is not simply informative (an account of what God has done), it is also formative--a statement of what God is doing today and an instrument God uses in the ongoing work of the sanctification and equipping of believers. The authors work out the four Nicene marks of the church--one, holy, catholic, and apostolic--as marks of Scripture, offering a new way of thinking about the Bible that bridges theology and interpretation. Their ecclesial analogy invites us to think of Scripture in similar terms to how we think of the church, countering the incarnational model propagated by Peter Enns and others.

  • Contents
  • 1. The Ontology and Teleology of Scripture
  • 2. Speaking of Scripture
  • 3. Unity
  • 4. Holiness
  • 5. Catholicity
  • 6. Apostolicity
  • 7. The Church's Practice of Scripture
  • Indexes


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