Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Turretin on the Authoritas Divina Duplex


Nevetheless all authority must not be denied to versions. Here we must carefully distinguish a twofold divine authority: one of things, the other of words. The former relates to the substance of doctrine which constitutes the internal form of the Scriptures. The latter relates to the accident of writing, the external and accidental form. The source has both, being God-inspired (theopneustos) both as to the words and things; but versions have only the first, being expressed in human and not in divine words.

-Francis Turretin, Institutes, Topic 2, Question 13.XIV

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