Praise for From Inspiration to Understanding: Reading the Bible Seriously and Faithfully
With characteristic erudition and acute theological insight, Dr. Edward Vick has given us the most comprehensive guide to an intelligent and faithful understanding of the inspiration of the Bible, of which I know. For the serious student of scripture he thus clears the path to a solid apprehension of its meaning and message.
Professor of New Testament (Emeritus)
McCormick Theological Seminary
Dr. Vick provides a thorough look at the inspiration of the
Bible, giving the reader a better grasp at the way scripture should
be interpreted. Most importantly, he rediscovers the scriptures to
be fundamentally the Church’s book, a book that is important only
because of God’s self-revelation to a people called Israel and
Church. From Inspiration to Understanding is a helpful resource to any
pastor or Bible study teacher interested in knowing what it means
for the Bible to be the Word of God.
Rev. Geoffrey Lentz
First United Methodist Church
Professor Vick’s approach to the Bible is informed, clear, and
immensely helpful. If we view the Scriptures as the means by which
God is revealed to the community of faith, he argues, we can
account for the Bible’s authority, without trying to “prove” it. And
on this basis, we can appreciate the complex history and varied
contents of the Bible, while avoiding the pitfalls that surround
mistaken views of “biblical inspiration.”
Professor of Religion
Loma Linda University
Seldom does one read so thoughtful, so disciplined and so
scholarly an account of the need to rethink the basis for the
authority of Scripture in the Christian church. Vick meets head-on
most (if not all) of the difficult issues surrounding the traditional
concept of “inspiration” as the foundation of Biblical supremacy
for the community. While some may be discomfited by Vick’s
argument that the traditional understandings are inadequate for the
modern church, every reader will greatly profit from taking
seriously his urging that we ground biblical authority in the
believing community itself. This work should be read by every lay
and professional theologian.
James J. Londis, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Humanities
Those who have recently browsed in bookstores looking for a book that would give them a handle on the Bible most likely left the store frustrated, or bought a book that either put out
propaganda or propagated diluted sentimentalism. In marked contrast, Edward W. H. Vick’s book gives us a most welcome, rigorous, measured, illuminating tour of the concepts that must be considered if one is to understand what the Bible is. Here the Bible is not an abstraction floating in a vacuum. It is the church’s book
on the basis of two basic principles. It is the mediator of the reality
of God, and functions in the church as the provider of meaning
for the present. In From Inspiration to Understanding the reader finds
engaging discussions of concepts like inspiration, revelation,
authenticity, authority and others with both feet on the ground. In
this process a long list of fallacies are shown to be what they are.
Vick’s presentation takes its clues from what the Bible actually
contains, and builds its arguments according to the demands of
serious theological reflection. I highly recommend this book to
anyone who desires a better way of reading the Bible, no matter
whether one is a believer, a non-believer, a lay person or a member
of the clergy.
Herold Weiss, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of New Testament
St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN