The Scripture Documents: An Anthology of Official Catholic Teachings

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In order to promote the Church's ongoing efforts to share the boundless riches of the divine Word with the faithful entrusted to its care" (Dei Verbum 25), The Scripture Documents reproduces in one volume key documents that record Catholic teaching on the interpretation of the Bible.

Intended as a reference work, this collection of conciliar, papal, and curial documents on sacred Scripture includes for ...

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Overview

Catholic Press Association Award Winner!
In order to promote the Church's ongoing efforts to share the boundless riches of the divine Word with the faithful entrusted to its care" (Dei Verbum 25), The Scripture Documents reproduces in one volume key documents that record Catholic teaching on the interpretation of the Bible.

Intended as a reference work, this collection of conciliar, papal, and curial documents on sacred Scripture includes for each official document a brief historical introduction that facilitates a contextual understanding of each document, a running annotation, and a select bibliography of available commentaries and related works.

Like the Canon of Scriptures itself, this collection includes various kinds of documents authored by different Roman ecclesiastical authorities within the Church's Teaching Office and expressed in several different literary forms. Each document addresses issues and problems peculiar to the historical situation in which it was written.

The Scripture Documents provides easy access to those official documents that record some of the Church's efforts to promote and guide the study of the Bible among the faithful. The teaching these instructions convey is helpful for all who seek to read and interpret the Scriptures in the light of faith.

Dean P. Bechard, SJ, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Fordham University.

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Editorial Reviews

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. . .destined to be a scholar’s manual.
Grace & Truth

For some decades English-speaking students of the Bible have lacked a convenient anthology of important Catholic church pronouncements. The present collection, very ample in scope, admirably fulfills this need. The documents are judiciously selected and in many cases given in fresh and reliable translations. The editor's bibliographical notes will be of great assistance to scholars.
Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor, Fordham University

This collection of documents and bibliographies is an excellent resource for understanding the development of Catholic approaches to Scripture.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly

A collection of conciliar, papal, and curial documents that record official church teaching on the reading and study of Scripture. The conciliar section includes documents from the Council of Trent and Vatican I and II. The papal documents begin in 1893 with Leo XIII's Providentissimus Deus and include five statements of John Paul II. The curial documents concentrate on the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Footnotes, bibliographies, and indexes provide valuable scholarly tools.
The Catholic Journalist

Dean Béchard has performed a wonderful service in compiling this collection of official Catholic conciliar, papal, and curial documents pertaining to the Bible. His well chosen and well presented anthology shows how the Scriptures have been and are read in the Catholic Church. These authoritative texts will be of great interest not only to biblical specialists, theologians, and church historians, but also to all who want to understand what Catholics think about the Bible and how they interpret it.
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814625910
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,323,257
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
Pt. 1 Conciliar Documents
1 Council of Trent 3
2 First Vatican Council 14
3 Second Vatican Council 19
Pt. 2 Papal Documents
1 Leo XIII. Encyclical Letter on the Study of Scripture, Providentissimus Deus 37
2 Leo XIII. Apostolic Letter Instituting a Commission for Biblical Studies, Vigilantiae studiique 62
3 Pius X. Apostolic Letter on the Study of Scripture in Seminaries, Quoniam in re biblica 67
4 Pius X. Encyclical Letter on the Doctrine of the Modernists, Pascendi dominici gregis 71
5 Pius X. Apostolic Letter Issued motu proprio on the Decisions of the Biblical Commission, Praestantia Scripturae Sacrae 78
6 Benedict XV. Encyclical Letter Commemorating the Fifteenth Centenary of the Death of St. Jerome, Spiritus Paraclitus 81
7 Pius XI. Apostolic Letter Issued motu proprio on Academic Standards for Teachers of Scripture, Bibliorum scientiam 112
8 Pius XII. Encyclical Letter Promoting Biblical Studies, Divino afflante Spiritu 115
9 Pius XII. Encyclical Letter on Certain False Opinions Threatening to Undermine the Foundations of Catholic Doctrine, Humani generis 140
10 Paul VI. Apostolic Letter Issued motu proprio on New Laws Regulating the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Sedula cura 147
11 Paul VI. Address to the Members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on the Ecclesial Role of Biblical Studies 151
12 John Paul II. Apostolic Constitution Promulgating the Neo-Vulgate Edition of the Bible, Scripturarum thesaurus 157
13 John Paul II. Address to the Members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on the Biblical Sciences and the Teaching Office of the Church 160
14 John Paul II. Address Commemorating the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Dei Verbum 163
15 John Paul II. Address to the Members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on the Nature of Catholic Interpretation of the Bible 167
16 John Paul II. Address on the Interpretation of the Bible in the Church 170
Pt. 3 Curial Documents
1 Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office. Decree Condemning Certain Errors of the Modernists, Lamentabili sane 183
2 Responses of the Pontifical Biblical Commission 187
3 Pontifical Biblical Commission. Letter to the Archbishops and Bishops of Italy 212
4 Pontifical Biblical Commission. Letter to Cardinal Suhard 221
5 Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office. Warning to Those Who Expound the Scriptures 225
6 Pontifical Biblical Commission. Instruction on the Historical Truth of the Gospels, Sancta Mater Ecclesia 227
7 Interdicasterial Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church 236
8 Pontifical Biblical Commission. Document on the Interpretation of the Bible in the Church 244
App The Early Responsa of the Pontifical Biblical Commission 318
Index of Citations 330
Index of Topics 347
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