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Friday, 18 November 2022

Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - Austin Flannery, OP Editor - Second Vatican Council

Dei Verbum: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Documents of the Second Vatican Council
Second Vatican Council
Austin Flannery, OP
ISBN 9780814649312
eISBN B01JZ4EQ74
ASIN 9780814649312


This is one of the 16 main documents, it is also in the volume: Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations When I was in university I did a Religious Studies Degree with a specialization in Roman Catholic Thought. The three companion volumes were used often:

Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations
Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents
Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents; Volume II

But I never sat down and read them end to and. The 16 documents contained in that first volume are now available individually as eBook editions. They are available on Kobo, but have disappeared from the Kindle store. With a little hunting I found three different Kindle editions in English not by this publisher, and several under either the name:

Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Dei Verbum

Of the two combined. A few are just the basic text and there are several others with the text and the commentary. This book is coming up as one of the books of the month in Father Mark Gorings St Mark’s School of Reading. I picked up this eBook edition and another that is not on Good Reads. There are some slight differences in wording. For example:

From this edition:

“Prologue
1. Hearing the word of God reverently and proclaiming it confidently, this holy synod makes its own the words of St John: “We proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us — that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ” (1 Jn 1:2-3). Following, then, in the steps of the councils of Trent and Vatican I, this synod wishes to set forth the authentic teaching on divine revelation and its transmission. For it wants the whole world to hear the summons to salvation, so that through hearing it may believe, through belief it may hope, through hope it may come to love.”
   
From the Vatican Website:

“PREFACE
1. Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith, the sacred synod takes its direction from these words of St. John: "We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may have fellowship with us and our common fellowship be with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:2-3). Therefore, following in the footsteps of the Council of Trent and of the First Vatican Council, this present council wishes to set forth authentic doctrine on divine revelation and how it is handed on, so that by hearing the message of salvation the whole world may believe, by believing it may hope, and by hoping it may love.”

Other Editon:

“PREFACE
1. Hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith, the sacred synod takes its direction from these words of St. John: "We announce to you the eternal life which dwelt with the Father and was made visible to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you, so that you may have fellowship with us and our common fellowship be with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:2-3). Therefore, following in the footsteps of the Council of Trent and of the First Vatican Council, this present council wishes to set forth authentic doctrine on divine revelation and how it is handed on, so that by hearing the message of salvation the whole world may believe, by believing it may hope, and by hoping it may love.” 

The other version is identical to the official Vatican edition. But this is still a great edition for reading and using for academic purposes. Father Mark had mentioned that this document is often included in the beginning of Catholic Bibles. I checked through a handful of mine and it was only in one. This is a short document, it is just 6 chapters and only 26 paragraphs. The chapters are:

Divine Revelation Itself
The Transmission Of Divine Revelation
Sacred Scripture: Its Divine Inspiration And Its Interpretation
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Sacred Scripture In The Life Of The Church

This is an important document and read. I am glad Father Marked picked it and look forward to his commentary on it over a month. I had not really read any of the Vatican II documents since I finished university a dozen years ago. It was great to read this especially with all the controversy in the Church these days. I recommend you give this little document a read, it is well worth it. 

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Vatican II Books by Austin Flannery:
Vatican Council II: Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations
Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents
Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents; Volume II
Single Documents Versions:
Ad Gentes Divinitus
Apostolicam Actuositatem
Christus Dominus
Dignitatis Humanae
Gaudium et Spes
Gravissimum Educationis
Inter Mirifica
Lumen Gentium
Nostra Aetate
Optatam Totius
Orientalium Redintegratio
Perfectae Caritatis
Presbyterorum Ordinis
Sacrosanctum Concilium
Unitatis Redintegratio







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