Authenticity  of  the  Bible

                     The authenticity or authority of Holy Writ is twofold on account of its twofold
                     authorship. First, the various books which make up the Bible are authentic
                     because they enjoy all the human authority that is naturally due to their
                     respective authors. Second, they possess a higher authenticity, because
                     invested with a Divine, supernatural authority through the Divine authorship which
                     makes them the inspired word of God. Biblical authenticity in its first sense must
                     naturally be considered in the articles on the several books of Sacred Scripture,
                     in its second sense, it springs from Biblical inspiration, for which see

                     F.X.E. ALBERT
                     Transcribed by Joseph P. Thomas

                                       The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume II
                                    Copyright © 1907 by Robert Appleton Company
                                    Online Edition Copyright © 1999 by Kevin Knight
                                   Imprimatur. +John M. Farley, Archbishop of New York

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