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InspirationTowards a Christian Interpretation of Biblical Inspiration$
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Gerald O’Collins, SJ

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824183

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824183.001.0001

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The Truth and ‘Canonization’ of the Scriptures

The Truth and ‘Canonization’ of the Scriptures

(p.130) 8 The Truth and ‘Canonization’ of the Scriptures

Gerald O’Collins, SJ

Oxford University Press

‘Saving truth’ is a more biblical and positive term than ‘inerrancy’ or freedom from error. Rather than being identified with biblical inspiration, the truth of the Scriptures is a major consequence of inspiration. It is close to the notion of the divine faithfulness and reliability. A progressive approach to biblical truth acknowledges that truth is to be found primarily in the whole Bible. Jesus Christ is the Truth, attested prophetically in the Old Testament and apostolically in the New. Ultimately biblical truth is something to be lived and practised. A closed list of inspired and authoritative books (which determine the Church’s faith and practice), the canon was constituted by maintaining the inherited Scriptures and accepting the New Testament on the basis of their apostolic provenance (taken in a broad sense), orthodox teaching (or adherence to the ‘rule of faith’), and wide and consistent usage in the Church’s liturgy and teaching.

Keywords:   apostolicity, authority, canon, inspiration, Jesus Christ, saving truth, Scripture

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