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SUMMARY: DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU (By Fortunatus Nnadi ([email protected] com) Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Sacred Writers composed the bible which. Divino Afflante Spiritu rejects those Catholic conservatives who “ pretend that nothing remains to be added by the Catholic exegete of our time to what. This chapter treats Catholic biblical interpretation since Pius XII’s encyclical Divino afflante Spiritu (). At the heart of the chapter is Vatican II’s teaching in its.

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For what was said and done in the Old Testament was ordained and disposed by God with such consummate wisdom, that things past prefigured in a spiritual way those that were to come under the new dispensation of grace.

For of the modes of expression which, among ancient peoples, and especially those of the East, human afflqnte used to express its thought, none is excluded from the Sacred Books, provided the way of speaking adopted in no wise contradicts the holiness and truth of God, as, with his customary wisdom, the Angelic Doctor already observed in these words: Previously, Catholic translations of the Bible into modern languages were usually based on agflante Latin Vulgate, the text used in the Liturgy.

This page was last edited on 5 Julyat We also, by this Encyclical Letter, desire to insure that the work may not only proceed without interruption, but may also daily become more perfect and fruitful; and to that end We are specially intent on pointing out to all what yet remains to be done, with what spirit the Catholic exegete should undertake, at the present day, so great and noble a work, and to give new incentive and fresh courage to the laborers who toil so strenuously in the vineyard of the Lord.

There was a significant return in the Church to divono scientific study of the Bible. Spiritus Paraclitus, Acta Ap. God wished difficulties to be scattered through the Sacred Books inspired by Him, in order that we might be urged to read and scrutinize them more intently, and, experiencing in a salutary manner our own limitations, we might be exercised in due submission of mind.

The same inquiry has also shown the special preeminence of the people of Israel among all the other ancient nations of the East in their afflanye of compiling history, both by reason of its antiquity and by reasons of the faithful record of the events; qualities which may well be attributed to the gift of divine inspiration and to the peculiar religious purpose of biblical history.

Pius XII noted that advances had been made in archaeology and historical research, which made it advisable to further define the aflfante of the Bible. For Catholic exegetes, by a right use of those same scientific arms, not infrequently abused by the adversaries, proposed such interpretations, which are in harmony with Catholic doctrine and the genuine current of tradition, and at the same time are seen to have proved equal to the difficulties, either raised by new explorations and discoveries, or bequeathed by antiquity for solution in our time.

This is why he advises that the faithful should not lose courage when problems surface today, that they should be courageous knowing full well that new beginnings grow little by little and fruits are gathered after many labours.

Inspired by the Divine Spirit, the Sacred Writers composed those books, which God, in His paternal charity towards the human race, deigned to bestow on them in order “to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice: Westminster John Knox Press.

He continues by saying that the sacred writer is not also to be taxed with error if copyists have made a mistake or the real meaning of a passage remains ambiguous and finally, that it is absolutely wrong and digino to narrow inspiration to certain passages of the Holy scripture or to admit that the sacred writer has erred as it is impossible that God, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true. Thus can he the better understand who was the inspired author, and what he wishes to express by his writings.

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Because each style has its own vivino nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

The Holy Father makes rivino clarion call here, as he proclaims the above teaching of his predecessor, urging all to adhere to it religiously. Jerome and exhorted them to continue their good works of promoting and facilitating the custom of reading and meditating on the Holy Gospel.

Sign in spiriti annotate. Stephen’s, Jerusalem, by the Master General of the Sacred Order of Preachers – from which, to use his own words, “biblical science itself had received no small advantage, while giving promise of more”[11] – so in the last year of his life he provided yet another way, by which these same studies, so warmly commended in the Encyclical Letter Providentissimus Deusmight daily make greater progress and be pursued with the greatest possible security.

Articles needing additional references digino November All articles needing additional references Use dmy dates from October Use American English from Dviino All Wikipedia articles written in American English All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from October The Catholic commentator is warned that the study of the ancient literary forms “cannot be neglected without serious detriment to Catholic exegesis.

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The professors of Sacred Scriptures in the seminaries should on their part teach the course perfectly and imbue the students with love for the same. The investigation, carried out, on this point, during the past forty or fifty years with greater care spirtu diligence than ever before, has more clearly shown what forms of expression were used in those far off times, whether in poetic description or in the formulation of laws and rules of life or in recording the facts and events of history.

The pope encourages the furtherance of the scientific study of the Bible through the investigation and translation of the biblical texts in their original languages rather than in the traditional Latin Vulgate, and insists upon the importance of textual criticism to obtain the most accurate biblical texts.

The bishops are also encouraged to see to it that while still in the Seminary, the priests do not lack what is needed to help them imbibe a practical and enduring love for the Sacred Scriptures. It may not be out of place here to recall gratefully the principal and more useful contributions made successively by Our Predecessors toward this same end, which contributions may be considered afflantf the complement or fruit of the movement so happily initiated by Leo XIII.

They generally referred back to the source texts in Biblical HebrewBiblical Aramaic and Biblical Greek only to clarify the exact meaning of the Latin text. This is in line with the rule of interpretation which is to discover and define what the writer intends to express. He also mentions the spirit that is required for the task of interpreting the bible which include first, the recommendation by the fathers of the church that scholars should study the ancient languages and should have recourse to the original texts.

On the Catholic Interpretation of the Bible: Divino Afflante Spiritu

He defines the prime task of the biblical interpreter as the discovery of the literal sense of the Word of God, as intended by the inspired human author. Being thoroughly prepared by the knowledge of the ancient languages and by the aids afforded by the art of criticism, let the Catholic exegete undertake the task, of all those imposed on him the greatest, that namely of discovering and expounding the genuine meaning of the Sacred Books.

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In his encyclical, Pius stressed the importance of diligent study of the original languages and other cognate languages to arrive at a deeper and fuller knowledge of the meaning of the sacred texts:.

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Now Our Divine Savior Himself points out to us and teaches us this same sense in the Holy Gospel; the Apostles also, following the example of the Master, profess it in their spoken and written words; the unchanging tradition of the Church approves it; and finally the most ancient usage of the liturgy proclaims it, wherever may be rightly applied the well-known principle: Let the ministers of the Sanctuary support in every way possible and diffuse in fitting manner among all classes of the faithful the periodicals which so laudably and with such heartening results are published from time to time in various parts of the world, whether to treat and expose in a scientific manner biblical questions, or to adapt the fruits of these investigations to the sacred ministry, or to benefit the faithful.

How difficult for the Fathers themselves, and indeed well nigh unintelligible, were certain passages is shown, among other things, by the oft-repeated efforts of many of them to explain the first chapters of Genesis; likewise by the reiterated attempts of St.

No wonder herefore that, as she received it intact from the hands of the Apostles, so she kept it with all care, defended it from every false and perverse interpretation and used it diligently as an instrument for securing the eternal salvation of souls, as almost countless documents in every age strikingly bear witness.

And let all know that this prolonged labor is not only necessary for the right understanding of the divinely-given writings, but also is urgently demanded by that piety by which it behooves us to be grateful to the God of all providence, Who from the throne of His majesty has sent these books as so many paternal letters to His own children.

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Diivino commentators of the Sacred Letters, mindful of afflante fact that here there is question of a divinely inspired text, the care and interpretation of which have been confided to the Church by God Himself, should no less diligently take into account the explanations and declarations of the teaching authority of the Church, as likewise the interpretation given by the Holy Fathers, and even “the analogy of faith” as Leo XIII most wisely observed in the Encyclical Letter Providentissimus Deus.

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Divino Afflante Spiritu Quotes by Pope Pius XII

Jesus is the way to heaven. Apostolic Letter Scripturae SanctaeFeb. For what they wished to express is not to be xpiritu by the rules of grammar and philology alone, nor solely by the context; the interpreter must, as it were, go back wholly in spirit to those remote civino of the East and with the aid of history, archaeology, ethnology, and other sciences, accurately determine what modes of writing, so to speak, the authors of that ancient period would be likely to use, and in fact did use.

The second and more important part of the encyclical sets down a scientific program for biblical studies.

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