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

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scripturally adverb

Examples of scriptural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hopefully, his words are more than scriptural cliché. Phillip Morris, National Geographic, "2020 has tested our humanity. Where do we go from here?," 13 Oct. 2020 The boy became adept at memorizing stories and scriptural passages, creating a coherent outline, then weaving them together into powerful prose, the independent scholar says. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Scholars turn anew to an old question: If Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, how did he do it?," 28 Sep. 2020 Today, far fewer people are likely to catch the scriptural echoes of this question than would have been the case 50 years ago. TheWeek, "What is the soul if not a better version of ourselves?," 28 Mar. 2020 The Dead Sea Scrolls are among archaeology's most significant scriptural finds, containing the oldest versions of the Hebrew Bible and other Jewish texts that date to the time of Jesus. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for March 16: Coronavirus, Dem debate, Syria, Iraq, Dead Sea Scrolls," 16 Mar. 2020 There is scriptural precedent for stopping Friday prayers: for example, an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad is said to have urged followers to stay at home during foul weather. The Economist, "Coping with covid-19 How prayer is changing as a result of covid-19," 21 Mar. 2020 Helen seeks Reverend Tillman’s guidance, which comes in the form of a scriptural pep talk as ominous as Samuel Jackson’s in Pulp Fiction (1994). Casey Gerald, The New York Review of Books, "Heat, Haunting & Heartache: A Young Filmmaker’s Louisiana," 7 Mar. 2020 As an aspiring young Baptist minister in Texas in the 1940s, Garrett was troubled by scriptural interpretations used to justify mistreatment of African Americans. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "James Leo Garrett Jr., beloved Southern Baptist theologian, dies at 94," 12 Feb. 2020 They were rankled not just by the policy change, but also by the scriptural language that some supporters of the shift used to justify it., "For many living in Israel’s settlements, the news from Washington was a welcome relief from the drumbeat of condemnation from the international community, including a recent European requirement that products from the settlements carry special labeling.," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of scriptural

1578, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2020

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“Scriptural.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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