The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture


The Bible is a book like no other, with both divine and human authorship. God, by his Holy Spirit, inspired these writings, which is the meaning of the term scripture. In this way, it is a trustworthy source of God’s revelation and a guide for salvation. On the other hand, the Spirit used humans with distinct personalities, cultures, and concerns. This means that the Bible may sometimes seem strange or far-removed from our world. Nonetheless, the central concerns of Scripture remain consonant with those posed throughout the ages: the nature of God; the origin and meaning of life; the answer to our human predicament; the hope for our future, etc.

Watch this video interview with Dr. Bill Arnold and Dr. Ben Witherington as they help illuminate what it means that both God and humans authored the Bible.

Scripture to consider:
2 Samuel 23:2
Luke 16:17
John 10:35
Acts 1:16
2 Timothy 3:16
1 Peter 1:11
2 Peter 1:21

View the rest of the videos in this series:

What Bible Did Jesus Use?
The Divine-Human Authorship of Scripture
The Bible Must Be Read in Context

Find all of our resources on Scripture here. Read articles from Dr. Bill Arnold here. Watch more videos from Dr. Ben Witherington here. Explore our OneBook Bible Study resources here.

View all of our video interviews here.


Bill Arnold is professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a "cradle Methodist," having been raised in a Methodist parsonage. When not traveling, he teaches an adult Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. He enjoys Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati baseball, although his wife finds something else to do when games are too intense. He and Susan are survivors of three sons, who are now beginning to provide grandchildren in order to atone for all their offenses against their parents.