• The Biblical Commission’s Instruction, On the Historical Truth of the Gospels (Sancta Mater Ecclesia) and Present Magisterial Attitudes Toward Biblical Exegesis

    Author(s):
    Thomas Bolin (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Group(s):
    Biblical Studies, Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
    Subject(s):
    Gospels, Historical Jesus, Catholicism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/cjh7-kw50
    Abstract:
    An overlooked but important document in the history of magisterial pronoun- cements on historical-critical biblical scholarship is the 1964 Instruction of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Sancta mater ecclesia. This article traces the history leading up to the Instruction and analyzes its importance during the Second Vatican Council and afterward. A careful examination of the recent Apostolic Exhortation on the Bible by Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum domini, shows that the rather optimistic evaulation of historical-criticism that characterized the Magisterium’s attitude in the post-conciliar era has now been tempered and a «reform of the reform» is perhaps underway regarding the relationship between exegesis and theology.
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    Published
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