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If you have enjoyed John Frame’s The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, The Doctrine of God, and The Doctrine of the Christian Life, then you, like me, will be eager to obtain a copy of Frame’s, The Doctrine of the Word of God (P&R), due out in November! Of course, you would enjoy the book if you simply wish to understand and defend the doctrine of Scripture and be strengthened in the assurance of the authority and truthfulness of God’s Word. (Go ahead; you know you at least want to click the link to see the product description. The contents are below.) Get one for your Sunday School teacher, deacon, or small group leader (or members), for your pastor for Pastor’s Appreciation Month, or put away copies for any or all of them for Christmas gifts. (Your deacon most needs you to get him one, because he probably will not get one on his own, unless he is Presbyterian.)


Analytical Outline xiii

Foreword xxiii

Preface xxvii

Abbreviations xxxi


1. The Personal-Word Model 3

2. Lordship and the Word 8


3. Modern Views of Revelation 15

4. Revelation and Reason 21

5. Revelation and History 26

6. Revelation and Human Subjectivity 34

7. Revelation and God Himself 40


8. What Is the Word of God? 47

9. God’s Word as His Controlling Power 50

10. God’s Word as His Meaningful Authority 54

11. God’s Word as His Personal Presence 63


12. The Media of God’s Word 71

13. God’s Revelation through Events 75

14. God’s Revelation through Words: The Divine Voice 82

15. God’s Revelation through Words: Prophets and Apostles 87

16. The Permanence of God’s Written Word 101

17. God’s Written Words in the Old Testament 105

18. Respect for God’s Written Words in the Old Testament 112

19. Jesus’ View of the Old Testament 118

20. The Apostles’ View of the Old Testament 121

21. The New Testament as God’s Written Words 129

22. The Canon of Scripture 133

23. The Inspiration of Scripture 140

24. The Content of Scripture 145

25. Scripture’s Authority, Its Content, and Its Purpose 163

26. The Inerrancy of Scripture 167

27. The Phenomena of Scripture 177

28. Bible Problems 183

29. The Clarity of Scripture 201

30. The Necessity of Scripture 210

31. The Comprehensiveness of Scripture 216

32. The Sufficiency of Scripture 220

33. The Transmission of Scripture 239

34. Translations and Editions of Scripture 253

35. Teaching and Preaching 258

36. Sacraments 264

37. Theology 272

38. Confessions, Creeds, Traditions 280

39. Human Reception of Scripture 289

40. The Interpretation of Scripture 292

41. Assurance 297

42. Person-Revelation: The Divine Witness 304

43. Human Beings as Revelation 316

44. Writing on the Heart 320

45. Summary and Organizational Reflections 328

46. Epilogue 332

Appendix A: Antithesis and the Doctrine of Scripture 335

Appendix B: Rationality and Scripture 347

Appendix C: Review of Richard Muller, The Study of Theology 371

Appendix D: Dooyeweerd and the Word of God 392

Appendix E: God and Biblical Language: Transcendence and Immanence 422

Appendix F: Scripture Speaks for Itself 440

Appendix G: Review of John Wenham, Christ and the Bible 463

Appendix H: Review of David Kelsey, The Uses of Scripture in

Recent Theology 466

Appendix I: Review of The Nature and Extent of Biblical Authority: Christian

Reformed Church, Report 44 490

Appendix J: Review of Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation 499

Appendix K: Review of N. T. Wright, The Last Word 517

Appendix L: Review of Andrew McGowan, The Divine Spiration

of Scripture 525

Appendix M: Review of Norman Geisler, ed., Biblical Errancy 554

Appendix N: No Scripture, No Christ 563

Appendix O: In Defense of Something Close to Biblicism: Reflections on

Sola Scriptura and History in Theological Method 567

Appendix P: Traditionalism 601

Appendix Q: The Spirit and the Scriptures 615

Bibliography 641

Index of Names 655

Index of Subjects 659

Index of Scripture 672