We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…
- Publisher: EP Books
- ISBN: 978-1-78397-197-8
- Pages: 103
- Price: £6.99
There is nothing in this book that has not been said by others in greater length. However the value of Just words? is that so much that has been said by Reformed theologians over the years is presented here in a succinct and easily read form.
We are reminded of the divine origin of the Bible which implies, on the one hand, inspiration, objectivity and infallibility. On the other hand, we see the variety of human authors and the ways that their diverse characters and personalities are revealed in their respective styles.
The author deals with issues of interpreting the Bible. We are made aware that the various genres of Bible books cannot be interpreted in the same way. Helpful examples are given of how each category can be interpreted. We are reminded that, whilst the Bible is infallible, those who interpret it are not.
I doubt if there is any category of person who would not benefit from reading this short book. For those who are familiar with the material covered it would not go amiss to be reminded of what Paul Helm has to say. For people who have only recently come to faith this is a great summary of what we believe about the Bible. For those who are not as yet Christians, but are asking questions about the Christian view of the Bible, this would be an excellent resource.
Jon le M. Trac