What does the Bible really say about inerrancy?

I’m not sure if I entirely agree, but this post provides an interesting take on biblical passages often cited in support of biblical inerrancy.

The Evangelical Liberal

So I’ve come to the end of this series on the Bible. This post is a finisher-off for completists, and also for anyone who still believes that the Bible claims to be inerrant.

Of course, trying to prove that the Bible is without error by quoting the Bible is a circular argument, only truly convincing to the converted. But many people do still accept the argument, so here I’d like to deal with each so-called proof-text in turn and show that in context none of them are talking about inerrancy at all. Rather, in almost all cases, they’re talking about God’s consistent character and his covenant faithfulness.

2 Samuel 22:31
As for God, his way is perfect: The LORD’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.

(The wording here is identical to Psalm 18:30 and Proverbs 30:5).

So what’s the context? ‘David sang to…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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