The Divine Inspiration of Holy Scripture by William J. Abraham

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Le, but it does have a positive aspect; the emphasls on dIVlne speaking enshrines an important suggestion about the warrants for treating the Bible as canon in theology. The essence of this suggestion is that the Bible is related in an intimate way to special divine revelation as made known in past acts of divine speaking. I hardly need say that this is important to my basic proposals. As they stand they effectively undermine the c1ass~cal ~arrants for the authority of the Bible. wIlI be natural to suppose that I am indirectly proposlng that we lüok upon Scripture at its best as a collection of fallible human judgements that are no more worthy of acceptance than our own best insights about God.

We are all familiar with this outlook and it helps to explain the genuine attraction that inerrancy can have for both scholar and student. As such it deserves to be treated with both pastoral sensitivity and with intellectual sympathy. But it must not be allowed to coerce us theologically into an The Concept oi Inspiration 7I inadequate analysis of inspiration. Not only does such an outlook forget that the critical process is positively enriching and illuminating. for it has brought countless riches to our faith and understanding.

This view of revelation was believed to be radically innovative. Negatively it rejected the c1assical view that revelation was constituted by the divine communication of a body of religious truths capable of being expressed in propositions. Positively it revised tradition al conceptions of faith, the Bible, and theot~y/ Thus, for example, where the c1assical view considered the Bible to be a collection of divine orac1es, the new view proposed that the Bible be co~sidered essentially as arecord of the events through ~hlCh God had revealed hirnself.

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