scrip·​tur·​al | \ ˈskrip(t)-sh(ə-)rəl How to pronounce scriptural (audio) \

Definition of scriptural

: of, relating to, contained in, or according to a sacred writing especially : biblical

Other Words from scriptural

scripturally adverb

Examples of scriptural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Francis smiled at him as a scriptural text was read aloud. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 The ideology promotes the notions of Biblical manhood and womanhood, conceptions of how proper Christian men and women should comport themselves, which are ostensibly based on scriptural teaching, and tend to encourage women’s submission to men. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 25 July 2021 Golin-Cahn told me that her art is less about projecting radical messages and more about infusing scriptural stories or classical still lifes with subtle commentary on her own experiences as a religious woman. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 The scriptural flexibility in worship has allowed Christians from all parts of the world to worship the same God in their own ways. Dominic Pino, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 For nearly fifteen hundred years, scriptural interpretations of the role of women in the church and in marriages were more flexible, prone to shifting and evolving, than is commonly known. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 25 July 2021 Latter-day Saints see tithing as a scriptural command. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2021 Locke’s modern interpreters — from both the secular left and the religious right — often appear ignorant of his scriptural references. Joseph Loconte, National Review, 4 July 2021 But there is no scriptural, traditional, or theological warrant for the existence of national conferences of bishops. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 2 July 2021

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First Known Use of scriptural

1578, in the meaning defined above

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“Scriptural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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