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I. Religious Studies – II. New Testament – III. History – IV. Fundamental Theology – V. Dogmatics

I. Religious Studies

1. Terminology

The terms inspiration (from Lat. inspiratio, “insufflation”) and theopneusty come from the NT. Prophecy comes through the Holy Spirit (2 Pet 1:21); in 2 Tim 3:16, the adjective ϑεόπνευστος/theópneustos) describes Scripture as being “inspired by God.” In many religions, we encounter the idea that communi…

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Beinhauer-Köhler, Bärbel, Koch, Dietrich-Alex and Brändle, Werner, “Inspiration/Theopneusty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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