The Messiness of Scripture

On this page (see below) I will add content that illustrates how scripture is both human and divine. I am working on content to show that although scripture isn’t perfect, it has divinity throughout.

I believe that the Spirit of God worked with human prophets, but these prophets were still people. They had views like those in their time and place. They viewed God and the cosmos the way we would expect, and until they had further revelation to clarify these views, they worked with the light they had.

There is no evidence that the prophetic biblical authors spoke or wrote differently from us. God didn’t turn these inspired human authors into sock puppets to produce God’s words or into secretaries that took word for word dictation. In the words of Peter Enns, “The Bible, at every turn, shows how ‘connected’ it is to its own world is a necessary consequence of God incarnating himself. When God reveals himself, he always does so to people, which means that he must speak and act in ways that they will understand….It is essential to the very nature of revelation that the Bible is not unique to its environment. The human dimension of Scripture is essential to its being Scripture.” 1


  1. Peter Enns, Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the problem of the Old Testament, Baker Academic, 2005, p. 20-21.


Ark – The Nephite Temple and the Ark

Book of Mormon – Could the Book of Mormon be an “E Source” document?

Balaam – Is he a good guy or a bad guy?

Bene Elohim – The Sons of God and Deuteronomy 32

The Birth of Moses and the Sargon Birth Legend

Brick walls, scientific laws, and questions

Conflicting views of God in the Bible

Construction of the Synoptic Gospels

Deuteronomy 1:1 – “On this side Jordan” or is it the other side of the Jordan?

Documentary Hypothesis – A Short Introduction

Don’t Curse the Deaf! The Enchanted Worlds of the Ancient Near East

Doublets in the Pentateuch

Egyptian stories repackaged in scripture: Lazarus and the Rich Man

Evidentiary Equilibrium – A look at John 6

Exodus 17 and Numbers 20 – The Movable Rock, or The Mobile Drinking Fountain

Exodus 32 – Two Kingdoms, Two Writers

Genesis 6:3 and the 120 year age limit of mankind

Genesis 6-9 With Sources Revealed – The Composite Nature of the Flood Narrative

Habbakuk 3 and Resheph in the Hebrew Bible

How’d We Get the Bible? (The Short Version)

The Baal-Peor Incident – Numbers 25

John – Seeing the composition of the Gospel of John

John – Evidence of Authorship – The Conflict with “The Jews”

John 5 – The myth of the pool of Bethesda

Joseph Sold into Egypt – 2 Narratives Stitched Together – E and J

Josiah – How did Josiah change the religion of the Jewish nation?

Love and Hate in Helaman 15 – Ancient Vassal Treaties in the text of The Book of Mormon

Lord’s truths are hidden in the scriptures

Nephi compared to the Deuteronomist

Monolatry in the Old Testament

Paul – Reasons why Paul is so confusing (part 1)

Problems with numbers in the Old Testament

Quail! Lots and lots of quail! – Numbers 11

Did God provide quail before or after Sinai? (Comparing Numbers 11 to Exodus 16)

No revelation is entirely perfect

Scripture Comes in its Cultural Packaging

Scripture is both human and divine – Dummelow

Second and Third Isaiah

Slaves be obedient to your masters!

Slave Laws in the Old Testament – An analysis of Exodus 21, Deuteronomy 15, and Leviticus 25

Stories told twice in the Bible

Whose staff is it anyway?

Will the real priests please stand up? A rivalry between the House of Aaron and the Levites

Zedek in the Ancient Near East – Another example of repackaging

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2 Responses to The Messiness of Scripture

  1. Nathan says:

    I was made aware of Enns’s Inspiration and Incarnation and have been working my way through it. I’m finding it very insightful.

    • Peter Enns is a good introduction to this topic, especially in helping literalists with the hard landing that takes place when we start really reading the scriptures in detail, seeing the inconsistencies. He helps readers understand that this is okay, as God speaks to man in the language and the culture of those who are coming unto him. In my opinion, that is how God works with us, because he is trying to bring us to him -see D&C 1:24. Thanks for visiting, great comment.

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