Inspired Authorship.

The discussion of authorship has been one question that has not gone away over the centuries, no matter what the literary context. What impresses me so much about the Scriptures is that even without clarity or confirmation, the canon has come together and apparently handled both textual and historical criticism.

Even though the question of authorship is one for discussion, there seems to be a clear consensus on the concept of authorship. F. F. Bruce in , “What Do We Mean By Biblical Inspiration?” Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute 78 (1946): 125. states “The Biblical writers were not secretaries or penmen; they were authors in the full sense of the word, yet authors under the overruling guidance of God the Holy Spirit, the auctor primarius. No adequate parallel can be found to the phenomenon of Biblical inspiration, unless those theologians are right who find an analogy to it in the hypostatic union of the divine and human in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

My thought is that the first readers / hearers of the OT canon recognized it as the inspired Word of God and that in some cases the identify of authorship slipped behind the curtain. Their recognition of this was probably keen, but it the context of the moment it may have not been that big of a deal since it was so recognizable as the inspired Word of God. I believe that at the end of the day, we will be OK even if we do not know who the “auctor primarius” is or if it even turns out to be someone other than who we thought that it should be.


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