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In this outstanding study, the author first considers various theories of the nature of inspiration. This leads to a consideration of the “entire trustworthiness” of the Bible, the inerrancy debate, and the place of biblical criticism.

From determining the original meaning of the text, Professor Marshall turns to the Bible’s contemporary significance and meaning before finally presenting the authority of Scripture for today. As he expresses in Biblical Inspiration, “the Bible is precious to the Christian believer, not because it is regarded as some kind of magical oracle but because here one hears and receives the message of a gracious God who, having revealed himself supremely in his Son Jesus Christ, continues to reveal himself in and through the pages of Scripture.”

Biblical Inspiration, expanded from lectures delivered at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford, is neither a narrowly focused study of the meaning of “inspiration,” nor a collection of loosely related articles on the Bible. It canvasses what might be called the doctrine of the Bible, covering topics such as Biblical revelation; the extent and significance of the Bible’s truth claims; the appropriateness of categories like “inerrancy;” hermeneutical problems associated with its interpretation and application; and reflections on the nature of its authority.

The nature of the authority of the Bible is crucial. Biblical Inspiration, designed for the reader with little technical background, is the perfect place to begin studying this important topic.

Praise for the Print Edition

Marshall is always worth reading, and his tone is irenic throughout.

—D. A. Carson, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Product Details

  • Title: Biblical Inspiration
  • Author: I. Howard Marshall
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1982
  • Pages: 125
I. Howard Marshall

I. Howard Marshall (1934– 2015) was Emeritus Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Honorary Research Professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, specifically in the department of Divinity and Religious Studies. He earned his BA from Cambridge, MA, BD, and PhD University of Aberdeen, and his DD from Asbury University.

Marshall also served at the chair of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research and was formerly president of the British New Testament Society.  His main research interests were the Gospels of Luke and Acts, the Pastoral Epistles, and New Testament Theology. He was the author of numerous publications including titles in the Tyndale Commentaries and the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament, and the Gold Medallion Book Award winner New Testament Theology.

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  1. Aaron Krueger, LMHC, MFT, MDiv
  2. Sean



    Marshall presents a good, non-technical statement and defense of a centrist evangelical view of inspiration. For the most part, he represents and engages other viewpoints fairly. He falls down in misunderstanding--sadly, like many, many other evangelical scholars--the neo-orthodox/Barthian view of inspiration. To say that the Bible is the inspired "witness" to revelation that "becomes" the Word of God is not to devalue Scripture and descend into a shapeless relativism dependent on human feeling. It means, rather, that the Holy Spirit who inspired Scripture works so powerfully in bringing it to its hearers that it becomes as the original revelation itself. Properly understood, there is a lot of strength in this viewpoint, and it helps overcome some of the squishiness remaining in a presentation even as good as Marshall's--and again, his is quite good. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

  3. Daniel Eichelberger, Providence Baptist Church
  4. David and Allison Preston
    Marshall is the best!

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