Sophisticated theologians (such as Michael Heiser) suggest that divine inspiration is not simply the result of God implanting knowledge into the brains of the Biblical writers. I agree wholeheartedly. But I would go one step further, for me, a Prophet is one who comes to a realisation about the spiritual truths about God and reality through ‘divine providence’, without God necessarily communicating with them directly. I emphasise ‘divine providence’ because I am no longer in the Reconstructionist Judaism camp, which rejects divine inspiration wholeheartedly, and suggests that the prophets came to an understanding of God through their own volition. I do not believe God (a being completely ineffable and otherworldly) can be described as ‘sentient’ and ‘personal’ (though I agree he is something like that). Indeed, Judaism, through Maimonides tends to see anthropomorphic language as purely symbolic. Hence I do not believe at all that God ‘talks’ to people (least of all because such could be mistaken for schizophrenia), rather he providentially guides people, and that is how inspiration truly works.
This links in well with BioLogos’ mission statement, as under my view, the Biblical writers could not have gained advanced scientific knowledge through God, as God has to work with what the biblical writers had with them to achieve his goals.
(btw, I no longer hold to the view that God is ‘being itself’, or some other form of abstract entity, I now hold the traditional view that God is something objectively real and unique, and holds something equivalent to sentience, though I still hold that God is a transcendent, ineffable, indescribable higher mystery, which is primarily the ultimate concern for our lives. I also see it as very likely that the Israelite concept of God evolved out of the Mesopotamian concept of transcendent divinity).
How do you think inspiration works?