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The principle of Interpreting the Scripture

The principle of Interpeting the Scriptrure

But since Sacred Scripture is inspired, there is another and no less important principle of correct interpretation, without which Scripture would remain a dead letter. 


Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted in the light of the same Spirit by whom it was written. The Second Vatican Council indicates three criteria for interpreting Scripture in accordance with the Spirit who inspired it.


Be especially attentive to the content and unity of the whole Scripture. Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God's plan, of which Christ Jesus is the center and heart, open since his Passover. 


The phrase "heart of Christ" can refer to Sacred Scripture, which makes known his heart, closed before the Passion, as the Scripture was obscure. But the Scripture has been opened since the Passion; since those who from then on have understood it, consider and discern in what way the prophecies must be interpreted.


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