by B. B. Warfield
Cover art by Jherae Fabillan
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If the Bible is written by fallible human beings, how can its words convey divine revelation? Perhaps the greatest challenge of Warfield’s lifetime was the modernist skepticism of biblical inspiration and authority. Modern biblical scholars showed that textual and linguistic analysis proved the human authorship of the Bible, and from there proceeded to strip miracles of their power, texts of their authenticity, and God of his historical intervention in the lives of individuals. Warfield responded to modernist and higher biblical critics by showing that intellect of the biblical authors not only remained fully operational and engaged, but that God also worked through human words and texts to convey divine revelation.
B. B. Warfield’s volume on divine revelation and biblical inspiration defined the parameters of the twentieth century understanding of biblical infallibility, inerrancy, and the trustworthiness and authority of Scripture. He pioneered a view of biblical inspiration and authority which remains widely held today by many Reformed and evangelical Christians. Revelation and Inspiration contains ten of Warfield’s most influential articles on the subject, as well as two appendices—one on the divine origin of the Bible and the other on the canonicity of the New Testament
“A collection of Warfield’s articles from the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries; perhaps the most important influential book written on the doctrine of Scripture in the past 150 years.”
- Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI
“These essays set the standard for virtually all evangelical views of Scripture in the 20th century.”
- K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This book is the classic trenchant exegetical defense of inerrancy and inspiration. No one who is interested in this topic should leave this book unread.”
- G. K. Beale, J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“Warfield is a humble genius. Though his opponents often caricature him, he shows remarkable depth, subtlety and fidelity.”
- David Powlison, Executive Director and Faculty, CCEF; Senior Editor, Journal of Biblical Counseling
Table of Contents
I. The Biblical Idea of Revelation
II. The Church Doctrine of Inspiration
III. The Biblical Idea of Inspiration
IV. The Real Problem of Inspiration
V. The Terms "Scripture" and "The Scriptures," As Employed in The New Testament
VI. "God-Inspired Scripture"
VII. "It Says:" "Scripture Says:" "God Says"
VIII. "The Oracles of God"
Appendix I. The Formation of the Canon of the New Testament
Appendix II. Inspiration and Criticism