Talbot Davis makes a helpful point about the process of divine inspiration with respect to the letters of Paul:

Muslims contend that the Koran is straight dictation — all Allah, with no Mohammed filter at all.

The Christian conception of the Bible is quite different.  We believe the God-breathed message of the Word gets delivered most compellingly through the passions and personalities of the various authors.

Because if God can take a curmudgeon like Paul and turn him into a composer of inspired texts, imagine what he can do with you and me.

Davis explains Paul’s use of a scribe, to whom he dictated his letters. Along the way, Davis shows us that this in no way undermines the doctrine of inspiration, but rather upholds it and makes it uniquely Christian.

By Peter Krol