Verbal inspiration
Inspiration In`spi*ra"tion, n. [F. inspiration, L. inspiratio. See {Inspire}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and flattening of the diaphragm; -- the opposite of expiration. [1913 Webster]

2. The act or power of exercising an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect or emotions; the result of such influence which quickens or stimulates; as, the inspiration of occasion, of art, etc. [1913 Webster]

Your father was ever virtuous, and holy men at their death have good inspirations. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Theol.) A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate moral or religious truth with authority; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth; also, the truth communicated. [1913 Webster]

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. --2 Tim. iii. 16. [1913 Webster]

The age which we now live in is not an age of inspiration and impulses. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

{Plenary inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which excludes all defect in the utterance of the inspired message.

{Verbal inspiration} (Theol.), that kind of inspiration which extends to the very words and forms of expression of the divine message. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Verbal inspiration — Verbal Ver bal, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See {Verb}.] 1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony. [1913 Webster] Made she no verbal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verbal inspiration — The theory that God so inspired the authors of the biblical texts that they had to be written precisely in those words and no others. It has been held in most eras of Jewish and Christian interpretation of the scriptures. It is therefore to be… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • verbal inspiration — noun : the theological doctrine that a divine inspiration extends to every word of a particular text those who defend the verbal inspiration of the Bible * * * verbal inspiration noun Dictation of every word of a book (usu the Bible) by God • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • verbal inspiration —  Словесное вдохновение …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Inspiration of the Bible — • Covered in four sections, I. Belief in Inspired books; II. Nature of Inspiration; III. Extent of Inspiration; IV. Protestant Views on the Inspiration of the Bible Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Inspiration of the Bible      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Verbal — Ver bal, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See {Verb}.] 1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony. [1913 Webster] Made she no verbal question?… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Verbal noun — Verbal Ver bal, a. [F., fr. L. verbalis. See {Verb}.] 1. Expressed in words, whether spoken or written, but commonly in spoken words; hence, spoken; oral; not written; as, a verbal contract; verbal testimony. [1913 Webster] Made she no verbal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Verbal dictation — describes a theory about how the Holy Spirit was involved with the people who first physically indited the Bible. According to this theory, the human role was a purely mechanical one: their individuality was by passed whilst they wrote, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Inspiration — In spi*ra tion, n. [F. inspiration, L. inspiratio. See {Inspire}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of inspiring or breathing in; breath; specif. (Physiol.), the drawing of air into the lungs, accomplished in mammals by elevation of the chest walls and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Inspiration of Ellen White — Seventh day Adventists believe church co founder Ellen G. White was inspired by God as a prophet , understood today as a manifestation of the New Testament [Spiritual gift| [spiritual] gift] of prophecy . Her inspiration (compare: Biblical… …   Wikipedia

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