Patricia Hofer

Bible: a chronicle of God’s spirit operating in human hearts.

For me, what is captured in the Bible is the spirit of God operating in human hearts.

As CS Lewis wrote about the Old Testament: “There are prophets who write with the clearest awareness that Divine compulsion is upon them. There are chroniclers whose intention may have been merely to record. There are poets like those in the Song of Songs who probably never dreamed of any but a secular and natural purpose in what they composed. There is (and it is not less important) the work first of the Jewish and then of the Christian church in preserving and canonizing just these books. …The total result is not “the Word of God” in the sense that every passage, in itself, gives impeccable science or history. It carries the Word of God; and we under grace, ….receive that word from it not by using it as an encyclopedia or an encylclical but by steeping ourselves in its tone or temper and so learning its overall message.” (Reflections on the Psalms, chapter 11, 109-112.)

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