Book Review: Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture (Foundations of Evangelical Theology) by John S. Feinberg

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Think Apologetics. Tabernacle of David considers this resource trustworthy and Biblically sound.


Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture (Foundations of Evangelical Theology), by John S. Feinberg. 800pg. Crossway.

Dr. John Feinberg is professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology (retired) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. A basic tenant of Christian theology is that God condescends to speak to humans through a written text. Christians sit in churches week after week and listen to their pastor expound the text. But most Christians don’t have an understanding of the doctrine of Scripture. Feinberg’s book discusses all the major categories that compose a full doctrine of Scripture such as revelation, inspiration, authority, illumination, canonization, perspicuity, sufficiency, effectiveness, and preservation. Feinberg has given the church a gift (800 pages) that discusses these issues in great length.

According to Feinberg, “A book on this doctrine certainly needs to “get it right” about what we should believe about the Bible. Given the importance of the task at hand and the need to reflect accurately what Scripture teaches about itself, lest we misrepresent God and what he has said about the Bible”- pg. 18. We are living in a day when we have so many competing revelations (i.e, the Quran and others). Thus, from an apologetics perspective, it is important for Christians to be able to articulate what it means to say the Bible is a trustworthy deposit of revelation from God to humanity. This volume by Feinberg can be resource for not only for apologetics, but for biblical studies, systematic theology, and practical theology. Light in a Dark Place is a valuable resource for research and teaching. It is certainly one of the most comprehensive resources on the topic. You won’t be disappointed.

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