The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals when it Gets God Wrong (and why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It)

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan 1, 2011 - Religion - 248 pages
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Does accepting the doctrine of biblical inspiration necessitate belief in biblical inerrancy? The Bible has always functioned authoritatively in the life of the church, but what exactly should that mean? Must it mean the Bible is without error in all historical details and ethical teachings? What should thoughtful Christians do with texts that propose God is pleased by human sacrifice or that God commanded Israel to commit acts of genocide? What about texts that contain historical errors or predictions that have gone unfulfilled long beyond their expiration dates? In The Human Faces of God, Thom Stark moves beyond notions of inerrancy in order to confront such problematic texts and open up a conversation about new ways they can be used in service of the church and its moral witness today. Readers looking for an academically informed yet accessible discussion of the Bible's thorniest texts will find a thought-provoking and indispensible resource in The Human Faces of God.

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Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries To Hide It)

User Review  - Frank Roberts - Goodreads

A very mature and honest look at the Holy Bible. Stark takes apart the arguments of those who claim inerrancy for the scripture, both showing how they themselves interpret selectively, and by showing ... Read full review

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries To Hide It)

User Review  - Vegantrav - Goodreads

The Human Faces of God is a concise, pointed critique of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy--the idea that the Bible (both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament) is a divinely inspired book ... Read full review


inerrantists do not exist
inerrancy stunts your growth
yahwehs ascendancy
making yahweh happy
Blessing the nations
the shepherd and the giant
Jesus was wrong
textual interventions
into the looking glass

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About the author (2011)

Thom Stark was a Fig Tree and Ledbetter scholar at Emmanuel School of Religion. His academic interests include second temple apocalyptic Judaism and Christian origins, As well as modern Christian and Islamic theologies of liberation.

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. His books include "Daniel", a commentary in the Hermeneia series, and "The Bible after Bable: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age". He is co-editor of the three-volume "Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism" and has participated in the editing of the "Dead Sea Scrolls". He has served as president of both the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

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