Verbal inspiration

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(Theol.) that kind of inspiration which extends to the very words and forms of expression of the divine message.
See under Inspiration.

See also: Inspiration, Verbal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(32) Gnuse (Authority of the Bible 22-33) provides an excellent survey of the strict verbal inspiration in both the Catholic and Protestant traditions.
Until at least the 1890s, Irish Presbyterian scholars rejected higher criticism because it threatened the plenary and verbal inspiration of Scripture.
It was an impeccably evangelical body whose founders upheld confessional orthodoxy, evangelical activism, and the plenary and verbal inspiration of Scripture as understood through Common Sense realism and scientific method.
"It wasn't just verbal inspiration - his physical presence out on the field was a great example for the rest of the lads.
The key representatives of English Nonconformity offered various understandings of the "verbal inspiration" of the Bible, but most stopped short of claiming absolute textual inerrancy.
It is a very valuable survey of the theologians' struggles with the issue of verbal inspiration and provides us with much more nuance and detail than is customary in treatments of this question.
It is the issue of verbal inspiration that lies behind the current controversies among Muslim thinkers about new approaches to Qur anic interpretation.
Nineteen-year-old Matthew Gadsby, in for the suspended Chris Marsh, also did well and skipper Neil Pointon was once more a superb competitor who drove his men on with some verbal inspiration.
Both were the sons of ministers, avid readers in their youth who did not attend theological college but later founded seminaries, organisational innovators in their large churches (Spurgeon appointed elders, Carroll selected deaconesses), powerful orators who created an enormous impression on their hearers (Carroll was thought to surpass Aristotle and Bacon), willing controversialists who gladly entered the political arena, resolute defenders of the verbal inspiration of the Bible, stern critics of agnosticism (Spurgeon remarked that the Latin-derived equivalent of agnostic was ignoramus), prolific authors whose works continued in demand long after their deaths and men who believed that they were never wrong.
This type of hermeneutics is often, but not necessarily, associated with belief in the verbal inspiration of the Bible, according to which the individual words of the divine message were divinely chosen.
Chapman states in his book that "the emphasis upon individual words has always been of paramount importance to Christian educators, who believe in the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures and in quality education." He then goes on to quote Samuel Blumenfeld, author of NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education, who maintains that educators who replaced traditional phonics with whole-word, look-say methods did so knowing that the outcome would be a lower literacy rate -- an outcome that would help them reach their goal of making America "into a socialist society."
This hermeneutic rejects not only the Lutheran orthodox view of verbal inspiration but also the mystical interpretation of the Bible by the Halle Pietists.