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<i>Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture</i>

Gerald O'Collins SJ and Mario Farrugia SJ

in Catholicism

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259946
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259941.003.0003
Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture

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This chapter offers a Catholic view of divine revelation, the response of human faith, the tradition that hands on belief in God, and the scriptures that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. The saving self-revelation of God comes through an interplay of deeds and words, is centred on Christ, and is a past, present, and future reality. Tradition should be understood both as a process (the act of tradition) and as a living heritage (tradition as content). Being an inspired, written record, the Bible is not to be simply identified with revelation. Biblical truth is progressive, personal, and salvific. The canon of scriptures, the closed list of inspired books, arose through their subsequent recognition by the Church.

Keywords: Apocrypha; Authority; Deuterocanonical; Interpretation; Second; Vatican Council

Chapter.  11867 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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