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Inspiration
God-Inspired
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Inspiration
Inspiration A term used in the discussion of the nature of the canon of Scripture that concerns the influence of the Spirit of God upon the biblical writers to produce a divinely authoritative Scripture. If God is viewed as the author of Scripture, a natural corollary of a doctrine of inspiration is
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Inspiration
inspiration, the filling with or domination by spirit. This concept first appears in biblical materials as a way of describing and understanding certain types of oral discourse. In ancient Israel, prophecy was understood as being uttered under the influence of God’s Spirit (Num. 24:2; cf. 1 Kings 22:19–23).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Inspiration
INSPIRATION. The theological concept of inspiration has reference to the fact that Holy Scripture is the utterance of the God who cannot lie and is hence the infallible Word of God. The term itself occurs seldom in Scripture (Job 32:8; 2 Tim 3:16).DefinitionThe English word “inspiration” (Lat. inspiratio)
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Inspiration
INSPIRATION. Noun formed from Latin and English translations of theopneustos in 2 Tim. 3:16, which av rendered: ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’ ‘Inspired of God’ in rsv is no improvement on
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Inspiration
InspirationA term derived from Lat. inspirare (lit., “to breathe into”), referring to the claim that oral or written discourse is prompted by the Spirit. In both the biblical and nonbiblical worlds prophetic or ecstatic utterance was seen to be the result of spirit activity. For example, Balaam, the
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
Inspiration. †A theological concept encompassing phenomena in which human action, skill, or utterance is immediately and extraordinarily supplied by the Spirit of God. Although various terms are employed in the Bible, the basic meaning is best served by Gk. theópneustos “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16),
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
INSPIRATION A theological term to describe the divine authorship of the Bible. It means that the Holy Spirit acted in and through the Bible’s human authors, moving them to write what God wished to communicate in written form. The result is that Scripture, in both content and expression, is truly the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
Inspiration. Dr. Knapp gives as the definition of inspiration, “an extraordinary divine agency upon teachers while giving instructions, whether oral or written, by which they were taught what and how they should write or speak.” Without deciding on any of the various theories of inspiration, the general
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
INSPIRATION. The doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture is of immense importance. This is at once apparent when one considers that all evangelical Christian doctrines are developed from the Bible and rest upon it for authority. L. Boettner is correct when he calls the biblical teaching of inspiration
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
Inspirationthat extraordinary or supernatural divine influence vouchsafed to those who wrote the Holy Scriptures, rendering their writings infallible. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (R.V., “Every scripture inspired of God”), 2 Tim. 3:16. This is true of all the “sacred writings,” not
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
Inspirationinspiration, the filling with or domination by spirit. This concept first appears in biblical materials as a way of describing and understanding certain types of oral discourse. In ancient Israel, prophecy was understood as being uttered under the influence of God’s Spirit (e.g., Num. 24:2)
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Inspiration
INSPIRATION — a technical term for the Holy Spirit’s supernatural guidance of those who received special revelation from God as they wrote the books of the Bible. The end result of this inspiration is that the Bible conveys the truths that God wanted His people to know and to communicate to the world.
Key passages
2 Ti 3:16

All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness,

2 Pe 1:19–21

and we possess as more reliable the prophetic word, to which you do well if you pay attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, recognizing this above all, that every prophecy of scripture does not come about from one’s …

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