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Verbal Inspiration
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[German Version]

One implication of the divine verbal inspiration (Revelation) of sacral texts (Bible, Holy Scriptures) is that all human participation in the formation of such scriptures is ruled out. Either they or portions of them are preexistent with the deity as a corollary of the preexistence of God’s Word, or they are placed directly on the lips of a prophet by the deity (Inspiration/Theopneusty).

On the basis of Exod 24:12, which speaks of Moses’ reception of the “tablets of stone,” the totality of the written Torah is thought to have been communicated to Moses on Sinai. …

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Prenner, Karl, “Verbal Inspiration”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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