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That the truth of the Bible can no longer be identified with a simplistic notion of inerrancy is a commonplace. But how to reach a clearer, more vital understanding of biblical truth is today's most debated scriptural question. In "The truth of the Bible" the well-known Scripture scholar Oswald Loretz approaches this question originally - working from a biblical concept of truth to what this implies about God's self-revelation and its ongoing creativity. He contends that inerrancy as understood and formulated by Augustine and locked into place by medieval scholasticism is a concept foreign to Scripture itself, and therefore an increasingly untenable base on which to broaden our understanding of God's intervention in history and its recording in the Bible. In its place, Loretz maintains, every effort should be make to take essential cognizance of the statements in Scripture itself concerning truth - for it was within the context of this definition of truth that God's historical revelation took place and was assimilated. Investigating this pivotal point he discovers that the Hebrew people, in common with the other Semite peoples of the ancient Near East, held a concept of truth which emphasized reliability and faithfulness - a concept to which the faithfulness of God gives new and fulfilling dimensions, especially in its final revelation in Christ, but one which has little in common with Western theology's prevailing correspondence theories of truth. Loretz's lucid and comprehensive presentation of a proposed new direction for the study of biblical truth combined with his grasp of contemporary and traditional scholarship makes "The truth of the Bible" a challenge and study that cannot be ignored.