This work began as a doctoral dissertation at the University of Notre Dame. Even more than most books, therefore, it reflects the influence of many colleagues and friends. Perhaps this is only fitting for a book on inspiration. Foremost among the colleagues are those who sat with patient and imaginative oversight on my dissertation board: Fr. David Burrell, C.S.C., Dr. Nathan Hatch, and Fr. Robert Krieg, C.S.C. In addition, several graduate students risked many hours of their lives to encourage me to think more rigorously as both an evangelical and a critical theologian: David Hunter, Sr. Theresa Koernke, I.H.M., Edward Laarman, Gerard Paré, Charles Pinches, and Judith Sanderson. A word of sincere and heartfelt thanks is gratefully expressed to the Department of Theology of Notre Dame, and especially to Fr. Richard McBrien and Dr. F. Ellen Weaver, who have gone far out of their way both to teach me and to employ me in my attempt to make the transition from student to teacher. William Abraham, on whose shoulders much of the structure of this work rests, was comprehensive in his review and criticism of one of the prepublication drafts, and it is doubly stronger because of him. Finally, in this age of word processors it is usually the case that one will do one's own manuscript preparation, but I would be remiss were I to overlook all of the time, counsel, and resources which the Notre Dame Computing Center literally donated to me.
Among those whose contribution was less academic but not less real, I am especially indebted to my families. My brother, Rev. Raymond Trembath, contributed many insightful comments about the work. Patricia Haag gave me large doses of encouragement during the year it took to write it. And my parents, Harry and Caroline Trembath, have been nothing less than saints in supporting my interminable graduate education. This is a small first step in what I hope is a long career whose foundation was provided by them.