Understanding The Bible
STUDY REFERENCE
Clarence E. Mason's "BIBLICAL INTRODUCTION"
Part III
INTRODUCTION TO: INSPIRATION

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
circa
1970

INSPIRATION (These notes are supplemented by Scroggie's Is the Bible the Word of God?)

INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL
    1.    The Problem
    2.    Its Importance
    3.    Definitions
    4.    Distinctions

AND

I.    VARIOUS INADEQUATE THEORIES OF INSPIRATION (Strong)
    A.    Naturalistic Theory,
    B.    Intuition Theory
    C.    Illumination or Gracious Theory
    D.    Partial Theory
    E.    Thought or Concept Theory
    F.    Dictation of Mechanical 'Theory

II.    VERBAL AND PLENARY INSPIRATION
    A.    Verbal
    B.    Plenary

III.    INSPIRATION ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE
    A.    General Reference
        1.    The Old Testament
            a.    The OT witness to itself
            b.    The testimony of one part of the OT to another part
            c.    Witness of Christ to the OT
                   Objections to the testimony of Christ
                        The Accommodation Theory
                        The Kenosis Theory
        2.    The testimony of the NT writers
        3.    The New Testament
    B.    Key References
    C.    Specific References to Verbal Inspiration

IV.    TESTIMONY OF THE EARLY CHURCH
    A.    Clement of Rome
    B.    Justin Martyr
    C.    Tatian
    D.    Theophilus, Bishop of Antioch
    E.    Tertullian
    F.    Origen
    G.    Concluding Statement

V.    TESTIMONY OF SECULAR WRITERS
    A.    Philo - Jewish philosopher
    B.    Josephus - Jewish historian

VI.    OBJECTIONS TO DOCTRINE OF VERBAL INSPIRATION
    A.    Translations Render Inspiration of No Value.
            Our reply:
    B.    Errors of Reasonings or of Doctrine in the Scriptures
            Our reply:
    C.    Contradictions
            Our reply:
    D.    Errors Contrary to Science
            Our reply:
    E.    The Declaration of Paul Himself 1 Corinthians 7:10, 12, 25
            Our reply:

 

 

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