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date: 20 May 2019

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Reflection on God’s written word begins in the Hebrew Scriptures. Here the written text finds its home in Israel’s liturgical practice. This is also the case in the New Testament, but here Jesus embodies, performs, and fulfils the Scriptures. In the earliest life of the Body of Christ, Scripture is again read within the life of the Christ-filled community and is ordered towards the union of the believer with Christ. The second half of this essay shows that the same perspective shapes Vatican II’s Dei Verbum. The purpose of tradition and Scripture is to function as a mirror in which the Church may contemplate God and learn to live in holiness, and the interpretation and performance of Scripture enact the conversation of God with the Son’s beloved spouse.

Keywords: Scripture, Bible, Dei Verbum, interpretation, Church, tradition, Vatican II

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