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Hebrew Scriptures

Question: 
How do Christians understand the authority of the Hebrew Scriptures?
Publication Month: 
January 2015
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

For biblical literalists, the question is whether God controlled the writing of these documents. The standard answer is Yes, except that with some of the later writings, called “apocryphal,” the answer is No for most Protestants and Yes for Catholics. Obviously process thinkers join with mainstream Protestant scholarship in approaching matters in a very different way. No scriptures are inerrant. All are inspired in the broad sense that God played a role. Some are “more inspired” than others. And some relate to more important events than others.

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