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Reading Symbols, and Writing words. A Model for Biblical Inspiration

Robert J. Hill
New Blackfriars
Vol. 89, No. 1019 (JANUARY 2008), pp. 22-38
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/43251198
Page Count: 17
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Reading Symbols, and Writing words. A Model for Biblical Inspiration
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Abstract

Biblical Inspiration has long been considered an important concept for Catholic theology, but the difficulties experienced in trying to give an adequate and convincing explanation of how divine and the human authors could collaborate in producing Biblical texts has discouraged many writers from pursuing the topic. Some have considered that the difficulties are so great that the task of exploring a theology of Inspiration is too great to make the effort worthwhile. This article, in attempting to sketch a model for Biblical Inspiration, begins by trying to identify exactly what is required for the theology of Inspiration, and then discarding what is not; it also sets out to distinguish clearly between Revelation and Inspiration, while recognising that the two are closely related, and using a model of symbolic mediation for Revelation. The article goes on to propose a model of Inspiration which satisfies not only the demands of contemporary Biblical scholarship and philosophical hermeneutics, but also the requirements of the doctrine of Inspiration as found in the Magisterial documents of the Catholic Church.

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