This essay wants to contribute to the discussion about biblical inspiration. Two modern but very different views of biblical inspiration are examined (those of B. B. Warfield and James Barr). Begby argues that despite their strengths both would have benefited from sustained attention to the trinitarian context of the work of the Spirit in inspiration.
The authority of Scripture should be carefully distinguished from the authority itself and what theologians say about it. On this same subject, one must be clear about the nature and purpose of Scripture, bearing in mind what may be raised as inconsistencies, contradictions, and incompatibilities that may face us. This article is a careful consideration of the doctrine of the inspiration and authority of Scripture.
Under the leadership of Martin Luther, the doctrine of sola Scriptura became a characteristic of the Reformation. But what did Luther believe about sola Scriptura? This article looks at his perspective on inspiration and inerrancy, to address the question whether or not Luther was the father of neo-orthodoxy.
This fourth of a four-part series investigates the Reformed doctrine of inspiration, particularly its relevance for today.
This third of a four-part series investigates the Reformed doctrine of inspiration, particularly how one comes to recognize that the Bible is inspired.
This second of a four-part series of articles investigates the Reformed doctrine of inspiration.
This first of a four-part series of articles investigates the Reformed doctrine of inspiration.
In this Introduction the author gives a small peek into a broader discussion about the authority of Scripture in evangelical circles of biblical and theological scholars. Beale reacts to what he sees as a reassessment of the traditional evangelical view of the Bible’s inspiration formulated especially in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978).
The process of God's special revelation—what is here called inscripturation—should be understood in covenantal terms. This article shows how such an understanding shapes the way we view the topic of dual authorship of Scripture and the doctrine of inspiration. It also evaluates the comparison that is made between inspiration and incarnation.
The doctrine of inspiration does not deny the instrumentality of man in writing Scripture. This article argues that the Spirit controlled the writers of Scripture so that they wrote expressly what he desired and yet at the same time were responsible individuals whose personalities were not stifled. It also deals with an objection against this view that attributes fallibility to Scripture due to its human authors.
How did Jesus Christ view the Old Testament? This article looks at Christ's view of the Old Testament in terms of its history, the authority of its teaching, and its inspiration. The article concludes that to Christ the Old Testament was true, authoritative, and inspired. If this is Christ's view, what should be yours?
This the first article by this author on the principles of textual criticism. In the past, these principles have underminded the divine authorship of scripture through their aim to discover authorial intent. The author appeals for principles which honor the inspiration and inerrancy of scripture and its inerrancy.
This article warns against the tendency to treat the Bible as a book that simply gives advice and principles for life. This way of reading scripture tends to promote a self-centered interpretation of scripture. The author also discusses the relationship between inspiration and illumination, the relationship between Word and Spirit.