"Rarely has a book on this subject stirred me to such emphatic agreement and admiration."
J.I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver
Throughout Christian history, the overwhelmingly predominant view of the Bible has been that it is itself the living an active word of God.
In this book Timothy Ward explains and defends what we are really saying when we trust and proclaim, as we must, that the Bible is God's Word. In particular he describes the nature of the relationship between the living God and Scripture. He examines why, in order to worship God faithfully, we need to pay close attention to the Bible; why, in order to keep in step with the Holy Spirit, we need to trust and obey what the Bible says.
Ward offers an understanding of the nature of Scripture under three main headings. A biblical outline shows that the word of the Bible form a significant part of God's action in the world. A theological outline focuses on the relationship of Scripture with each of the persons of the Trinity. And a doctrinal outline examines the "attributes" of Scripture. A final chapter explores some of the significant areas in which the doctrine of Scripture should be applied.
Ward offers an excellent, lucid exposition of the nature and function of Scripture, expressed in a form appropriate for the twenty-first century, grounded in the relevant scholarship, and standing firmly in line with the best of the theological traditions.