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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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    Abstract

    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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