Thursday, January 12, 2012
Canonicity and the Bible - Part 2
In this podcast, Bishop Coyne and Fr. Hunt continue their discussion concerning the canonicity and interpretation of the Bible as a book in itself. Topics covered: Is it the “Hebrew scriptures” or the “Old Testament?” Why do the number of books in the Bible vary from one edition to another? How did the early Christian communities collect and use the Old Testament texts? Bishop Coyne and Fr. Hunt also discuss the interesting and pivotal role that St. Jerome played in the compilation and translation of the biblical texts from Hebrew and Greek into Latin. Finally, they discuss the numbering of the psalms: are there 149 or 150 psalms and why the discrepancy in different editions?