THE subject of the Inspiration of the Bible is one which has been much . to our own Charles Hodge and Henry B. Smith, the one of whom asserts that the Bible. Archibald Hodge and Benjamin Warfield published this article together in The Presbyterian Review 6 (April ). It quickly drew notice for its scholarly and. It seemed fitting then to highlight this little gem from the modern grand-daddies of the doctrine of Inspiration, Archibald Hodge and B.B. Warfield.

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Some examples of what is here meant have been given already; others may be added in a note for their instructiveness. Still several points remain to be more particularly considered, concerning which, some difference of opinion at present prevails.

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Another favorite charge made against these writers is, they are often hopelessly inconsistent with one another in their statements, and this charge of disharmony has sometimes been pushed so far as to make it do duty even against their historical credibility. Soliloquium Faith Seeking Understanding.

Hodge and Warfield on the Inspiration of the Bible

This word, which has often been made the occasion of strife, is in itself indefinite, and its use contributes nothing, either to the precision or the emphasis of the definition.

Another favorite charge against the exact truth of the New Testament Scriptures is drawn from the use of the Old Testament in the New, and especially the phenomena of its quotation. The human agency, both in the histories out of which the Wwarfield sprang, and in their immediate composition and inscription, is everywhere apparent, and gives substance and form to the entire collection of writings. Start reading Inspiration on inspiratipn Kindle in under a minute.

English Choose a language for shopping. We can pause now only to insist: This, because Luke ii.

And, finally, a tacit denial be made of the possibility of truth subsisting through differences in choice of incidents arising from the diverse points of view of the two writers. Thus we have come to distinguish sharply between Revelation, which is the frequent, and Inspiration, which is the constant attribute of all the thoughts and statements of Scripture, and between the problem of the genesis of Scripture on the one hand, which includes historic processes and the concurrence of natural and supernatural forces, and must account for all the phenomena of Scripture; and the mere fact of Inspiration on the other hand, or the superintendence by God of the writers in the entire process of their writing, which accounts for nothing whatever but the absolute infallibility of the record in which the revelation, once generated, appears in the original autograph.


Please try again later. Mary is taken home by Joseph; D. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We receive the Old Testament just as Christ handed it to us, and on His authority. Two things needed explanation: What was the professed or implied purpose of the writer in making this statement?

Circumcision of Jesus eight days after ; As an example of those who make the first charge, we may take Professor Jowett, who is never weary of repeating it.

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And in determining their religious experience, God so far forth determined their contributions to Scripture. It seemed fitting then to highlight this little gem from the modern grand-daddies of the doctrine of Inspiration, Archibald Hodge and B.

Infallible thought must be definite thought, and definite thought implies words. The same passage and without the pas had already been quoted in this context ix. I just read another somewhat related post about this subject — from the complete opposite end of the spectrum neo-orthodoxy.

The chief and almost the only historical errors still asserted to exist in the New Testament insoiration Certain oft-quoted passages in Tacitus and Suetonius acquaint us with facts, which absolutely require such a census at their base. There were divine voices, appearances, covenants, supernatural communications and interventions; the introduction of new institutions, and their growth under special providential conditions. When we ask for the proofs of qarfield assertion, however, they are found to be very difficult to produce.

Incredible pressure of the detailed language of both Galatians and Acts be indulged in. A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. We do not assert that the common text, but only that the original autographic text was inspired.

He is brought into place and set to work at definite hhodge junctures, the occasion affording him object and motive, giving form to the writing God appoints him to execute. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In no single case have they slipped here either; and what this means may be estimated by noting what a mass of geographical detail has been given us.


Annunciation to the shepherds the same day ; 9. The question as to whether the elements inspirration Scripture relating wrfield the course of nature and to the events of history are without error, will be considered below; it is sufficient to say under the present head, that it is self-evident that, just as far as the thoughts of Scripture, relating to any element or topic whatsoever, are inspired, the words in which those thoughts are expressed must be inspired also.

The events recorded by Matthew are: We have no detailed contemporary history of this time, the inaccurate and gossipping Suetonius and Josephus being our only sources of information. inpiration

Candace seems to represent a hereditary title, not a personal name; Theudas and Barabbas are not named in profane sources. The Inspiration and Authority of Bible.

What you think about one is bound to affect what you think about the other. These few simple and very obvious remarks set aside the vast majority of the customary objections. Can phenomena of error and untruth be pointed out? So that it is in no sense inconsistent for Paul to say that he saw but one warfielld, and Luke that he saw several.

If Herod died in the spring of A. Not so, because the war alone defines the time of the event; and Jackson only inspiratioj war.


The human medium would bodge interpose its fallibility between God and us. In what way, and to what extent, is the doctrine of Inspiration dependent upon the supposed results of modern criticism, as to the dates, authors, sources, and modes of composition of the several books?

History knows nothing of a general empire census in the time of Augustus. The supernatural knowledge became confluent with the natural in a manner which violated no law of reason or of freedom. With these presumptions, and in this spirit, 1 Let it be proved that each alleged discrepant statement certainly occurred in the original autograph of the sacred book in which it is said to be found.