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1 Inspiration, Inerrancy, Sacred Tradition and Interpretation The Bible:Inspiration, Inerrancy,Sacred Tradition and Interpretation
2 I. Divine InspirationvA. from Latin inspirare- “to breathe into”
3 B. Refers to divine assistance the Holy Spirit gave human authors of Biblical books,enabling them to writein human wordsthe salvific messageG-d wantedto communicate.Glossary of Theological Terms, Rev. John T. Ford, CSC, STDSt. Mary’s Press, Winona, MN 2006
4 1. Bible is not just another piece of literature, but is G-d’s DIVINE REVELATIONv.
6 C. G-d is the author of Scripture. (CCC 105)D. G-d inspired the human authors of the sacred books…..”[they] made full useof their own faculties.”(CCC 106)Do you know who this is?
7 II. Biblical Inerrancyv A. All that is taught and proclaimed in the Sacred Scriptures is inerrant in matters of:1. faith2. Revelation3. salvationTM The Bible: The Living Word of G-d p30
8 B. “….faithfully and firmly, without error, teach that truth, for sake ofour salvation,G-d wished…..”(CCC 107)Michelangelo
9 III. Biblical Interpretation A. The task of interpreting the Word of G-d authentically……. ….is entrusted solely to the Magisteriumv……that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.(CCC 100)
10 B. Magisteriumv1. (from Latinto teach)officialteaching voiceof the Church;2. Pope andBishopsin communion
11 C. Sacred Traditionv 1.Catholics believe G-d reveals himself through BOTHScripture AND Tradition.SCRIPTURE + TRADITION =the Deposit of Faithv
12 2. Sacred Tradition teaches the fullness of Divine Revelation and began withpreaching of the Gospel by the Apostles.TM The Bible: The Living Word of G-d p30
13 3. Sacred Tradition is interpreted by the Magisterium under the What is this called?miterunder theguidance of theHoly Spirit.
14 4. All that is part of Sacred Tradition was revealedthrough thePaschal Mysteryvof Jesus.
15 5. What the Church teaches never contradicts the truth of Jesus Christ. Christ Teaching Apostles about the Last Things, Alexander Master, 1430TM The Bible: The Living Word of G-d p31
27 D. Comparing fundamentalism with contextualism Literalists or FundamentalistsContextualistsLook at the text ANDthe CONTEXTLook at theTEXT ONLYContext = time it waswritten, cultural andhistorical background,type of writing, etc.Interpret theBible WORD forWORD atface valueUse many tools to helpinterpret the text.
28 So what Bible interpretation method do Catholics use? Are we… LITERALISTS?CONTEXTUALISTS?NOYES
29 E. Catholic contextualists study the Bible by using exegesis.
30 V. ExegesisA. Greek- “explain” or “interpret”B. The critical or scholarly explanation of a Bible passage
31 C. the process a scholar (exegetev) uses to explain what the passage meant in its original context ( its time and place of composition).What did John 3:16 mean WHEN it was WRITTEN?
32 VI. Contextual Method also called Historical-Critical Method
33 A. Historical-Critical Method Elements 1. Time/cultureof author2. Ancient literarygenres3. Modes of feeling, speaking and narrating current at that timeCCC 110
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35 B. Catholics read the Bible to learn about Godand find religious/spiritual truth.
36 C. Catholics do not read the Bible for scientific or historical truth.
37 Not at odds with each other D. The Church teaches that faith, science and history can coexist and help inform one another.Not at oddswith each otherTM The Bible p32
38 VII. Central to Roman Catholic interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures is the concept of “the fuller sense.”
39 A. “Fuller sense” means that. events/narratives in the OT A. “Fuller sense” means that events/narratives in the OT foreshadow events of the NT.B. The meanings of the former events (OT) are fully revealed/understood only in the life of Jesus Christ and the Church.