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What does St. Paul mean when he writes in 2 Timothy 3:16 that "all scripture is inspired by God"? Is there a difference between biblical inspiration and spiritual illumination? Does biblical inspiration primarily pertain to the text itself, the reader, or the original author? What is the relationship between biblical inspiration and biblical inerrancy? These and many other questions are addressed in this timely volume.
This book examines diverse theories of biblical inspiration as articulated by the following scholars in light of the understanding of biblical inspiration as understood by the Catholic Church, most notable in Dei verbum of the Second Vatican Council.
- Abraham Heschel (Jewish)
- James Burtchaell (Catholic)
- Bruce Vawter (Catholic)
- William Abraham (Methodist)
- Kern Trembath (Episcopalian)
- Paul Achtemeier (Presbyterian)
The theme of this study is the doctrine of biblical inspiration as developed and understood within Anglo-American scholarship over the past forty years.