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The Inspiring Power of Scripture: Three Case Studies

O'Collins, Gerald (2014) The Inspiring Power of Scripture: Three Case Studies. Irish Theological Quarterly, 79 (3). pp. 265-273. ISSN 0021-1400

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    The charism of biblical inspiration also includes the special impact of the Sacred Scriptures on those who read or hear them. This article examines three examples of such an impact: in the lives of St Antony of Egypt, St Augustine of Hippo, and Girolamo Savonarola, who were deeply affected by Matthew 19:21, Romans 13:13–14, and Genesis 12:1, respectively. These passages from the Scriptures prompted them at once (Antony and Augustine) or within a year (Savonarola) to surrender possessions (Antony), plans for his personal existence and career (Augustine), and life at home with his parents (Savonarola), and to embrace a new way of life as a hermit (Antony), as a baptized Christian and within ten years as a bishop (Augustine), and as a Dominican teacher and preacher (Savonarola).

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): conversion, inspiration, Savonarola, Scriptures, St Antony, St Augustine
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 14:54
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 15:00
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1841

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