The inspiring power of scripture: Three case studies

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O'Collins, Gerald. (2014) The inspiring power of scripture: Three case studies. Irish Theological Quarterly. 79(3), pp. 265 - 273. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021140014527662
AuthorsO'Collins, Gerald
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).

Year2014
JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
Journal citation79 (3), pp. 265 - 273
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0021-1400
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0021140014527662
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84903943664
Page range265 - 273
Research GroupSchool of Theology
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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