What a brilliant idea on InterVarsity’s part to commission two complementary works on this prominent but controverted theme, the difference between the way biblical scholars approach the Scriptures, and the way theologians do! As a biblical scholar, I am more directly addressed by Hans Boersma but more identified with Scot McKnight, though as a theologian who focuses on the Old Testament, I come at both volumes from a different angle than the authors. I will first comment on each of the books and note questions they raise for me, then reflect on what they make me as a theological interpreter want to say.

Hans Boersma’s first chapter has the arresting title “No Christ, No Scripture” (13): scholars need to focus more on the fact that Scripture is about Christ and that he makes himself known to us from Scripture, than we do on “formal categories” (14) such as the authority...

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