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Inspiration: Towards a Christian Interpretation of Biblical Inspiration

Gerald O’Collins, SJ


This book anchors its study of inspiration firmly in the Scriptures themselves, and examines both the inspired nature of the Bible and its inspiring impact. It begins by evaluating classical views of biblical inspiration expounded by Karl Barth and Raymond Collins. It then takes up the inspired origin of the Old Testament, where earlier books helped to inspire later books, before moving to the New Testament, which throughout shows the inspiring impact of the inherited Scriptures—both in direct quotations and in many echoes. The work then moves to the Bible’s inspiring influence on Christian wo ... More

Keywords: Bible, canon, inspiration, interpretation, New Testament, Old Testament, revelation, Scriptures, tradition, truth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198824183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198824183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerald O’Collins, SJ, author
Professor Emeritus, Gregorian University, Rome; Adjunct Professor, Australian Catholic University; Research Fellow, University of Divinity, Melbourne