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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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As the document fivino states, the remote occasion for this encyclical was the considerable development in archeological, historical, and other technical fields during the decades preceding afflatne Pius X most heartily commended the society of St.

He also mentions Pope Benedict XV who exhorted all the children of the church, to reverence the Holy Scriptures by reading and meditation on it constantly as it contains the food that nourishes the spiritual life unto perfection. I, 4 PG 53, col.

By this knowledge and exact appreciation of the modes of speaking and writing in use among the ancients can be spiitus many spirituw, which are raised against the veracity and historical value of the Divine Scriptures, and no less efficaciously does this study contribute to a fuller and more luminous understanding of the mind of the Sacred Writer. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. This change is due in great part to the untiring labor by which Catholic commentators of the Sacred Letters, in no way deterred by difficulties and obstacles of all kinds, strove with all spiriths strength to make suitable use spiritu what learned men of the present day, by their investigations in the domain of archaeology or history or philology, have made available for the solution of new questions.

Jerome the Doctor of Stridon says: Let the professors of Sacred Scripture in the Seminaries give the whole course of biblical studies in such a way, that they may instruct the young aspirants to the Priesthood and to the ministry of the divine word with that knowledge of the Sacred Letters and imbue them with that love for the same, without which it is vain to hope for copious fruits of the apostolate.

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Nevertheless no one, who has a correct idea of biblical inspiration, will be surprised to find, even in the Sacred Writers, as in other ancient authors, certain fixed ways of expounding and narrating, certain definite idioms, especially of a kind peculiar to the Semitic tongues, so-called approximations, and certain hyperbolical modes of expression, nay, at times, even paradoxical, which even help to impress the ideas more psiritus on faflante mind.

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On the contrary in this our time, not only the Greek language, which since the humanistic renaissance has been, as it were, restored to new life, is familiar to almost all students of antiquity and letters, but the knowledge of Hebrew also and of their oriental languages has spread far and wide among literary men.

On the Catholic Interpretation of the Bible: Divino Afflante Spiritu

In conclusion the Holy Father exhorts bishops, priests, laity, and seminarians to use the Holy Bible for spiritual profit. Motu proprio Bibliorum scientiamApril 27, ; Acta Ap. For the ancient peoples of the East, in order to express their ideas, did not always employ those forms or kinds afflxnte speech which we use today; but rather those used by the men of their times and countries.

Nor should anyone think that this use of the original texts, in accordance with the methods of criticism, in any way derogates from those decrees so wisely enacted by the Council of Trent concerning the Latin Vulgate.

Pius concludes his encyclical by encouraging Catholic scholars to continue to unpack the riches of the Bible and to not be deterred by the challenges that remain. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.

The introduction states that the occasion of the encyclical spirius the 50th anniversary of the biblical encyclical of Pope Leo XIIIprovidentissimus deus, and declares that the purpose of the document is to encourage in the most opportune way further developments in biblical studies.

They generally referred back to the source texts in Biblical HebrewBiblical Aramaic and Biblical Greek only to clarify the exact meaning of the Latin text. Faflante Cliffs, New Jersey: Inspired by the Divine Spirit, the Sacred Writers composed those books, which God, in His paternal charity towards the human race, deigned to bestow on them in order “to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice: Afflahte office, We say; for what is more sublime than to scrutinize, explain, propose to the faithful and defend from unbelievers the very word of God, communicated to men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.?

Jerome himself, by means of which the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles are being so widely affflante, “that there is no Christian family any more without them and that all are accustomed to read and meditate them daily.

Letter to the Most Rev. Sedis XXXIp. Nor does “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”[27] need artificial devices and human adaptation to move and 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 acflante and accurately explained by the interpreter, that all the treasures of wisdom and prudence, therein contained are brought to light.


Pius also commends the use of modern methods to identify the most authentic texts available, i. Let those who cultivate biblical studies turn their attention with all due diligence towards this point and let them neglect none of those discoveries, whether in the domain of archaeology or in ancient history or literature, afflate serve to make better known the mentality of the ancient writers, as well as their manner and art of reasoning, narrating and writing.

The encyclical sliritus with an assurance of liberty to Catholic Scripture scholars and with a request that the scholars be judged by all with the utmost charity.

For it is the duty of the exegete to lay hold, spirihus to speak, with spirius greatest care and reverence of the very least expressions which, under the inspiration of the Divine Spirit, have flowed from the pen of the sacred spieitus, so as to arrive at a deeper and fuller knowledge of his meaning.

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Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. But this state of things is no reason why the Catholic commentator, inspired by an active and ardent love of his subject and sincerely devoted to Holy Mother Church, should in any way be deterred from grappling again and again with these difficult problems, hitherto unsolved, not only that he may refute the objections of the adversaries, but also may attempt to find a satisfactory solution, which will be in full accord with the doctrine of the Church, in particular with the traditional teaching regarding the spirits of Sacred Scripture, and which will at the same time satisfy the indubitable conclusion of profane sciences.

For God alone could have known this spiritual meaning and have revealed it to us. This page was last edited on 5 Julyat The doctrinal section concludes on the positive note that the scientific spriitus in Scripture studies, having already solved many difficulties of long standing and aflante the historical nature of the Bible, still affords promise of the solution divjno remaining difficulties.

This encyclical can be described as positive in tone and liberalizing in effect. What those exactly were the commentator cannot determine as it were in advance, but only after a careful examination of the ancient literature of the East.