SUMMARY: DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU (By Fortunatus Nnadi ([email protected] com) Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Sacred Writers composed the bible which. Divino afflante spiritu: Pius XII: World War II and the Holocaust: In his Divino afflante spiritu (“With the Help of the Divine Spirit”; ), for example, he sanctioned. DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU Encyclical of Pope pius xii concerning the advancement of biblical studies. The document is dated Sept. 30, , feast of St.

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Divino afflante Spiritu “Inspired by the Holy Spirit ” is a papal encyclical diviho issued by Pope Pius XII on 30 September calling for new translations of the Bible from the original languages, instead of the Latin Vulgate of Jeromewhich was revised multiple times and had formed the textual basis for all Catholic vernacular translations until then.

It inaugurated the modern period of Roman Catholic biblical studies by encouraging spirius study of textual criticism or lower criticismpertaining to text divno the Scriptures themselves and transmission thereof for example, to determine correct readings and permitted the use of the historical-critical method or higher criticismto be informed by theologySacred Traditionand ecclesiastical history on the historical circumstances of the text, hypothesizing about matters such as authorship, dating, and similar concerns.


Brown described it as a “Magna Carta for biblical progress”.

The encyclical appeared on the 50th anniversary of Providentissimus Deusan encyclical in which Pope Leo XIII condemned the use of higher criticism. Pius XII noted that advances had been made in archaeology and historical research, which made it advisable to further define the study of the Bible.


Affkante, Catholic translations of the Bible into modern languages were usually based on the Latin Vulgate, the text divinoo in the Liturgy. They generally referred back to the source texts in Biblical HebrewBiblical Aramaic and Biblical Greek only to clarify the exact meaning spirktus the Latin text.

In his encyclical, Pius stressed the importance of diligent study of the original spirihus and other cognate languages to arrive at a deeper and fuller knowledge of the meaning of the sacred texts:.

We ought to explain the original text which was written by the inspired author himself and has more authority and greater weight than any, even the very best, translation whether ancient or modern. This can be done all the more easily and fruitfully if to the knowledge of languages be joined a real skill in literary criticism of the same text. Newer Catholic translations of the Bible have been based directly on the texts found in manuscripts in the original languages, taking into account as well the ancient translations that sometimes clarify what seem to be transcription errors in those manuscripts.


Divino afflante Spiritu encyclical letter.

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