Bibliology and Hermeneutics #6 – Inspiration of Scripture

What is inspiration? Did God inspire the mind of the author, or the text of Scripture, or both? How does one’s view of inspiration effect his or her interpretation? Upon completion of this session, the student should have come to an understanding of the doctrine of inspiration, able to define what it means and how it is to be distinguished from revelation and illumination. The student will learn the different theories of inspiration that are held by theologians today. The student should understand that how one defines inspiration will determine how they interpret Scripture. Much time will be spent on the commonly held view of inspiration called “Mechanical Dictation.” It will be argued that this view evidences a neglect of the human element of Scripture, what we call “biblical Docetism, and is the primary hindrance to proper interpretation in many evangelical communities today. Most basically stated: without a proper view of inspiration, one cannot have a proper hermeneutic. The goal of this lesson is to provide a detailed defense of what is often called the “Verbal Plenary” doctrine of inspiration.

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Class Discussion for Week 6

Session Assignments
– Case study 1 (to be posted in forum, or turned in next week)
– Quiz 1

For Further Study:

What does it mean when we say the Bible is “inspired” and “inerrant”?

Fulfilled Prophecy Demonstrates the Divine Inspiration of Scripture

The Doctrine of Inspiration Explained – John MacArthur

The Inspiration of Scripture – Essential Christianity

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About Ray

Sr. Research Manager by day, Bible and Theology teacher by night. Father of two great kids and humble husband to a godly wife.
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