Reading the Bible Critically and Religiously

Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.

in The Bible and the Believer

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979967 | DOI:
Reading the Bible Critically and Religiously

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Written by Harrington from a Catholic perspective, this chapter notes the presence of the so-called Apocrypha in the Catholic (and Orthodox) Old Testament. Next it explains modern Catholic biblical interpretation in light of official documents from popes (Divino afflante Spiritu), church councils (Dei verbum) and the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Then it shows how Catholics have come to accept biblical criticism as indispensable (but within limits), while insisting also on the importance of the spiritual sense of Scripture, the patristic tradition, and the challenges posed by actualization and inculturation. It illustrates the Catholic approach with reference to Exodus 3–4.

Keywords: actualization; Apocrypha; Dei verbum; Divino afflante Spiritu; Exodus 3–4; inculturation; patristic interpretation; Pontifical Biblical Commission; spiritual sense

Chapter.  17513 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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