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.
– Case study 1 (to be posted in forum, or turned in next week)
– Quiz 1
For Further Study:
- The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible
- Inspiration & Inerrancy
- Is the Bible inspired?
- What Is Meant by the Verbal Plenary Inspiration of Scripture?
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