For many Friends, the Judeo-Christian Bible is an interpretation of God's revelation over many centuries and a rich and sustaining source of inspiration.
While early Friends affirmed the inspiration of the scriptures, they made a distinction that has remained vital to this day. In Henry Cadbury's words:
View a Quaker Speak video
"If we were to say, “What’s a scriptural foundation of Quakerism?”, there are verses we would point to and say, for instance, “This is where we got our name. This is where have our understanding of God. This is where the idea of unity comes from.”."