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"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,..."---2 Timothy 3:16
In the verse above it is stated that the scriptures are "God-Breathed" and in the Greek the term is "Theopneustos". I personally view this as the Holy Spirit pushing or prompting individuals to write the truth down so story lines and doctrines are correct, but in their own style and wording, and with the allowance of rounded numbers and figures of speech...etc. I do not subscribed to the view that writers of the original manuscripts were used by God as court stenographers and where exact spellings might even be dictated by the spirit. If the "stenographer" view were correct then we could not truly possess the word of God in English as there is not an exacting correspondence of English words with either Hebrew or Greek. A good example is the Greek word makarios, which is generally translated "blessed" in our English translations for Matthew 5 and the wonderful Beatitudes, however, "blessed" does not mean precisely the same as makarios. Some use the word "happy" and some translations use more than one word...or they give a note about the issue. We also have three synoptic gospels (Mark, Luke, and Matthew) that differ on lesser issues, although with no contradictions or even clear paradoxes. For example, the Gospel of Luke mentions that it was about 8 days...in chapter 9, whereas the Gospels of Matthew and Mark say 6 days (Mark 9 & Matthew 17). It does not matter because no story or doctrine is changed...
This is my general view of this issue and I welcome other views. I wish to hear from the brethren.