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June 1, 2011

CCC 101-141

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Christ, The Word

  1. God used human words just as he took on human flesh.
  2. God expresses himself completely in one Word. [Heb 1:1-3; Jn 1:1]
  3. The Church venerates Scripture as she does the Lord’s body.
  4. The divine word of God is nourishment. [1 Thes 2:13]

Inspiration & Truth

  1. God is the author, the text divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. [Jn 20:31; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pt 1:19-21; 2 Pt 3:15-16]
  2. The human authors, though inspired, wrote using their own “faculties and powers”.
  3. Scripture teaches truth without error, affirmed by the Holy Spirit.
  4. Christianity is not a “religion of the book”. The Holy Spirit opens our minds to understand it. [Lk 24:45]

Holy Spirit, Interpreter

  1. Interpretation depends on what God reveals and the human authors affirm.
  2. The culture, time, literary genres, etc. must be considered.
  3. Scripture must be interpreted in light of the Spirit who wrote it.
  4. Scripture is united, focued on Jesus and God’s plan. [Lk 24:25-27,44-46; Ps 21; ]
  5. Scripture is in the heart of the living Church, not its documents.
  6. Scripture contains coherent truths. [Rom 12:6]
  7. Scripture has both literal and spiritual meaning.
  8. Literal refers to understanding the meanings of words (i.e. exegesis).
  9. Spiritual meaning is allegorical [I Cor 10:1-6], moral [i.e instruction; I Cor 10:11; Heb 3:1-2; Heb 4:11] and anagogical [“leading”; Rev 21:1; Rev 22:5]
  10. “The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith; The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.” -medieval couplet, Latin in footnotes.
  11. Exegesis is subject to the judgement of the living Church.

The Canon of Scripture

  1. The Canon was discerned by apostolic Tradition. The books are listed herein.
  2. The OT is divinely-inspired and indispensable teaching.
  3. While imperfect, it prophecizes Christ and teaches of God’s love.
  4. The NT has not made the OT void (Marcionism).
  5. The NT expresses the salvific power of the Word of God [Rom 1:16]: Jesus in his acts, teachings, Passion, glorification and commission.
  6. The Gospels are the heart of Scripture.
  7. They convey the life and teaching of Jesus, first through oral tradition and then in writing. [Acts 1:1-2]
  8. The Church has always venerated Scripture as is evident in the liturgy and the writings of the saints.
  9. The OT prefigures the NT [“typology”; I Cor 10:6,11; Heb 10:1; I Pet 3:21]
  10. The OT hides the NT and the NT reveals the OT. [Mk 12:29-31; I Cor 5:6-8; I Cor 10:1-11]
  11. Typology expresses the dynamics of God’s plan in the fullness of time. [I Cor 15:28]

Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church

  1. Scripture should be openly available to the faithful.
  2. It should be the “soul” of all Christian instruction.
  3. It should be read frequently to avoid ignorance.


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* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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