September 2014, HarperOne.
What if the Bible is fine just the way it is? Not a well behaved Bible, where everything lines up and makes sense, but the messy, troubling, and weird Bible we actually have? What if the Bible doesn’t need to be protected and defended, but understood–just as it is? What if the real problem isn’t the Bible but the false expectations we sometimes bring to it? Perhaps, when we let the Bible be the Bible rather than what we expect it ought to be–or need it to be–we will find a deeper faith in the process.Continue Reading
April 2016, HarperOne.
The Sin of Certainty models an acceptance of mystery and paradox that all believers can follow and why God prefers this path because it is only this way by which we can become mature disciples who truly trust God. It gives Christians who have known only the demand for certainty permission to view faith on their own flawed, uncertain, yet heartfelt, terms.Continue Reading
Baker Academic, 2015
This study is focused on lay evangelical readers and suggests a reconsideration of their notion of Scripture in light of commonly accepted conclusions of biblical scholarship over the past several generations. My concern is to help readers whose faith has been challenged by critical studies, and I suggest that evangelical faith would be well served by moving beyond a predominantly defensive doctrine of Scripture to develop a positive view that seriously engages contemporary critical scholarship. My proposal is to employ an “incarnational” model of Scripture—one that recognizes and affirms both the divine and human aspects of the Bible.Continue Reading
2012 Book of the Year Award, Foreword Magazine. An accesible study of the hermeneutical issues involved in reading Genesis and Paul on Adam in view of evolution. The Adam story in Genesis is part of Israel’s literature of national and religious self-definition, not the origin of humanity. Paul’s use of the Adam story, like Paul’s other uses of the Old Testament, is marked by creativity and the prior conviction that Jesus is God’s unexpected solution to a universal plight.Continue Reading
Co-written with Jared Byas, Patheos Press, e-book, 2012.
This is a guidebook for normal people. In one sense, you might wonder whether or not you qualify as normal. If we knew you, we might wonder too. But what we mean is that this book is for the everyday person, the person who has never went to seminary but is curious about how to read the book of Genesis.Continue Reading
Co-written with Marc Brettler and Daniel Harrington, Oxford, 2012
Can the Bible be approached both as sacred scripture and as a historical and literary text? For many people, it must be one or the other. How can we read the Bible both ways? The Bible and the Believer illustrates how to read the Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament critically and religiously from three religious perspectives, and tackle a dilemma that not only haunts biblical scholarship today, but also disturbs students and others exposed to biblical criticism for the first time, either in university courses or through their own reading. Failure to resolve these conflicting interpretive strategies often results in rejection of either the critical approach or the religious approach–or both.Continue Reading