Thursday, January 19, 2012

Canonicity and the Bible - Part 3

Just when it appears that Fr. Hunt and Bishop Coyne will finally be discussing the question, “What is the role of the human sciences in helping us understand and interpret biblical texts?,” they go off on another few excursions:  What does it mean to interpret the Bible in the literal sense? Fr. Mark makes the distinction between reading the texts “literally” versus reading the texts in the “literal and spiritual sense” and drawing upon the Church’s teaching, proceeds to explain what he means by this.  Finally, they discuss the dynamic of moving from an ancient language and the meaning that the words held within that context to the meaning the words now bear in the present translation.

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