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 question? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We subjoin an engraving . . . which will give the reader a far better notion of the structure than any verbal description could convey to the mind. --Mayhew. [1913 Webster]

2. Consisting in, or having to do with, words only; dealing with words rather than with the ideas intended to be conveyed; as, a verbal critic; a verbal change. [1913 Webster]

And loses, though but verbal, his reward. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Mere verbal refinements, instead of substantial knowledge. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]

3. Having word answering to word; word for word; literal; as, a verbal translation. [1913 Webster]

4. Abounding with words; verbose. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Gram.) Of or pertaining to a verb; as, a verbal group; derived directly from a verb; as, a verbal noun; used in forming verbs; as, a verbal prefix. [1913 Webster]

{Verbal inspiration}. See under {Inspiration}.

{Verbal noun} (Gram.), a noun derived directly from a verb or verb stem; a verbal. The term is specifically applied to infinitives, and nouns ending in -ing, esp. to the latter. See {Gerund}, and {-ing}, 2. See also, {Infinitive mood}, under {Infinitive}. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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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