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: Pius XII: World War II and the Holocaust: In his Divino afflante spiritu (“With the Help of the Divine Spirit”; ), for example, he sanctioned. DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU Encyclical of Pope pius xii concerning the advancement of biblical studies. The document is dated Sept. 30, , feast of St.
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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 as the complement or fruit of the movement so happily initiated by Leo XIII. Modern Language Association http: 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.
In like manner therefore ought we to explain the original text which, having been written by the inspired author himself, has more authority and greater weight than atflante even the very best translation, whether ancient or modern; this can be done all the more easily and fruitfully, if to the knowledge of languages be joined a real skill in literary criticism of the same text.
Sedis XXXIp. For, apart from anything else, when Our Predecessor published the Encyclical Letter Affalnte Deushardly a single place spirritus Palestine had begun to be explored by means of relevant excavations.
The progressive exploration of the antiquities of the East, mentioned above, the arflante accurate examination of the original text itself, the more extensive and exact knowledge of languages both biblical and oriental, have with the help of God, happily provided the solution of not a few of those questions, which in the time of Our Predecessor Leo XIII of immortal memory, were raised by critics outside or hostile to the Church against the authenticity, antiquity, integrity and historical value of the Sacred Books.
Many of them have edited the sacred text; others have expounded, explained and translated it to the vernacular.
On the Catholic Interpretation of the Bible: Divino Afflante Spiritu
Spiritus Paraclitus, Spiriuts Ap. In the accomplishment of this task the Catholic exegete will find invaluable help in an assiduous study of those works, in which the Holy Fathers, the Doctors of the Church and the renowned interpreters of past ages have explained the Sacred Books.
Having expounded and recommended those things which are required for the adaptation of Scripture studies to the necessities of the day, it remains, Venerable Brethren and beloved sons, that to biblical scholars who are devoted sons of the Church and follow faithfully her teaching and direction, We address with paternal affection, not only Our congratulations that they have been chosen and called to divlno sublime an office, but also Our encouragement to continue with ever renewed vigor with all zeal and care, the work so happily begun.
The document is dated Sept. It inaugurated the modern period of Roman Catholic biblical studies by encouraging the study of textual criticism or lower criticismpertaining to text of the Scriptures themselves and transmission thereof for example, to determine correct readings and permitted the use of the historical-critical method or higher criticismto be informed by theologySacred Tradition spirihus, and ecclesiastical history on the historical circumstances of the text, hypothesizing about matters such as authorship, dating, and similar concerns.
Jerome strove earnestly to achieve, as far as the science of his time permitted; to this also aspired with untiring zeal and no small fruit not a few of the great exegetes of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, although the knowledge of languages then was much less than at the present day. In this encyclical letter, the exegetes are instructed to disclose and expound the significance of the Gospel message carefully without proposing other figurative senses as the genuine meaning of the Afflannte Scripture.
Biblical Interpretation since Divino afflante Spiritu – Oxford Handbooks
No less earnestly do We inculcate obedience at the present day to the counsels and exhortations which he, in his day, so wisely enjoined. As the document itself states, the remote occasion for this encyclical was the considerable development in archeological, historical, and other technical fields during the decades preceding In the middle ages, when Scholastic Theology was at the height of its vigor, the knowledge of even the Greek language had long since become so rare in the West, that even the greatest Doctors of that time, in their exposition of the Sacred Text, had recourse only to the Latin version, known as the Vulgate.
Today therefore, since this branch of science has attained to such high perfection, it is the honorable, though not always spiritys, task of students of divink Bible spirutus procure spigitus every means that as soon as possible may divono duly published by Catholics editions of the Sacred Books and of ancient diivino, brought out in accordance with these standards, which, that is to say, unite the greatest reverence for the sacred text with an exact observance of all the rules of criticism.
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. Nor is it necessary here to call to mind – since it is doubtless familiar and evident to all students of Sacred Scripture – to what extent namely the Church has held in honor these studies in textual criticism from the earliest centuries down even to spirits present day. This true liberty of the children of God, which adheres faithfully to the teaching of the Church and accepts and uses gratefully the contributions of profane science, this liberty, upheld and sustained in every way by the confidence of all, is the condition and source of all lasting fruit and of all solid progress in Catholic doctrine, as Our Predecessor of happy memory Leo XIII rightly observes, when he says: Pope Pius X enacted a law concerning the method of scripture studies in clerical seminaries and also founded the Pontifical Biblical institute.
Sign in via your Institution. He also mentions the spirit that is required for the task of interpreting spiritu 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. Pius contrasts this literal sense with an overly mystical sense, by which he means interpreting all of Scripture as a metaphor for the spiritual, rather than as a record of actual events. The Afflahte Church considers this heaven-sent treasure the most valuable source of doctrine on faith and morals.
Nor splritus “the word of God, living and effectual and more piercing than any two-edged sword and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” need artificial devices and human adaptation to move xpiritus impress souls; for the Sacred Pages, written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, are of themselves rich in original meaning; endowed with a divine power, they have their own value; adorned with heavenly beauty, they radiate of themselves light and splendor, provided they are so fully and accurately explained by the interpreter, that all the treasures of wisdom and prudence, therein contained are brought to light.
By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: With what little reason they thus speak is shown by the experience of many, who, assiduously considering and meditating the word of God, advanced in perfection and were moved to an intense love for God; and this same truth is clearly proved by the constant tradition of the Church and the precepts spirltus the greatest Doctors.
They should make use of the works djvino the Holy fathers, doctors of the church and renowned interpreters of past ages for the accomplishment of this task. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Would that many, by seeking out the authors of the Catholic interpretation of Scripture and diligently studying their dicino and drawing thence the almost inexhaustible riches therein stored up, might contribute largely to this end, so that it might be daily more apparent to what extent those authors understood and made known the divine teaching of the Sacred Books, and that the interpreters of today might spirtius take afflxnte and seek suitable arguments.
Don’t have an account? The present article treats of the contents of the encyclical, the circumstances leading to the document, its characteristics, and its effects.
Abbot Aidan Gasquet, Dec. The Fathers of the Church in their time, especially Augustine, warmly recommended to the Catholic scholar, who undertook the investigation and explanation of the Sacred Scriptures, the study of the ancient languages and recourse to the original texts.
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