Canon / Inspiration

Mauro Meruzzi

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    This article explores the concepts of “canon” and “inspiration” in the Christian Scriptures, both for a Hindu and Christian audience, within the framework of the dialogue between Somaiya Vidyavihar University and Urban University. After explaining the meanings of the word “canon,” the article draws the history of the formation of both the Jewish and the Christian canons, from the prologue of Sirach (around 130 BC), up to the definitive canons in the third (Judaism) and fourth century (Christianity). The criteria adopted by the two communities for the selection of their respective canons are also provided. The article then explores the word “inspiration,” as the core concept for the selection of the list of the Christian sacred books. "Inspiration" implies a unique relationship between the Holy Spirit and the authors of the sacred texts, who are recognised in full possession of their human faculties. The Bible is considered as Word of God written in human words.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHindu-Christian Dictionary
    Subtitle of host publicationEssential Terms for Inter-Religious Dialogue
    EditorsBenedict Kanakapally, Gaetano Sabetta, Kala Acharia, Mariano Iturbe
    Place of PublicationMumbai
    PublisherSomaiya Publications
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Print)978-8170393009, 9788840150413
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


    • Canon
    • Inspiration
    • Christianity
    • Hinduism
    • Religion


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