Friday, December 19, 2008


Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying:
Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

Matthew's Gospel, 1:18-21

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ridderbos on Scripture

Herman Ridderbos: a great European biblical theologian, who went to be with the Lord only last year. Here's something he wrote on history and scripture.

When new light is cast on the Scripture, also through the investigations of historical science, the church has to rejoice, even though this may compel it at the same time to be ready to reconsider and redefine theological concepts related to Scripture. Studies in Scripture and its Authority, 35.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Hodge on Scripture

Here's a quote from Charles Hodge, the Old Princetonian:

Our views of inspiration must be determined by the phenomena of the Bible as well as from its didactic statements.

Systematic Theology Vol 1, 169

Monday, December 08, 2008

Murray on Scripture

The following quote from John Murray on scripture recently came to my attention (via a letter in the Record, written by my brother), which I expand a little here.

We may not impose upon the Bible our own standards of truthfulness or our own notions of right and wrong. It is easy for the proponents of inerrancy to set up certain canons of inerrancy which are arbitrarily conceived and which prejudice the whole question from the outset. And it is still easier for the opponents of inerrancy to set up certain criteria in terms of which the Bible could readily be shown to be in error. Both attempts must be resisted....In all questions pertinent to the doctrine of Scripture it is to be borne in mind that the sense of Scripture is Scripture; it is what Scripture means that constitutes Scripture teaching. We cannot deal, therefore, with the inerrancy of Scripture apart from hermeneutics.
Collected Writings 4, 26
A little further on, Murray writes...

Inerrancy in reference to Scripture is the inerrancy that accepts certain well-established and obviously recognized literary or verbal usus loquendi. It makes full allowance for the variety of literary devices which preserves language from stereotyped uniformity and monotony. And we must no allow the inerrancy which is implicit in the plenary inspiration of Scripture to be prejudiced by patterns of thought which are prescribed by pedantry rather than by sober judgement.
Collected Writings 4, 29