“For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them” (Dei Verbum #21)



Dei Verbum

The document “Dei Verbum” is a short, yet significant, document that arose out of the 2nd Vatican Council. Issued in 1965, it is groundbreaking in its encouragement of all Catholics to immerse themselves in scripture by reading, studying and, most importantly, living it.

The document talks about divine revelation and how God speaks to us both through sacred scripture as well as sacred tradition, and the importance of interpreting scripture from within the church. It talks about the divine inspiration behind the books, and how the Old Testament is related to the New. Of particular importance is the discussion on the way the Church venerates Scripture and how this Scripture should be easily available to all with suitable translations.

Also, exegesis should be undertaken “to provide the nourishment of the Scriptures for the people of God, to enlighten their minds, strengthen their wills, and set men’s hearts on fire with the love of God”. Also noted is the necessity for prayer to accompany our reading of the texts.

Access Dei Verbum here.

Verbum Domini

Following on from Dei Verbum, a Synod of Bishops was held in 2008 on “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church”. As a result of this Synod, the Bishops made some formal proposals in regard to the Church and Sacred Scripture. These were presented to Pope Benedict XVI, and in 2010, the post-synod apostolic exhortation “Verbum Domini” was published. It sets the path for our understanding of sacred scripture today, and shows us how to read, interpret and pray scripture in the life of the Church. This document will now need to be unpacked, processed and implemented by Catholics around the world. 

Access Verbum Domini here.

Other Significant Biblical Documents

The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture (2014) *NEW 

The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993) 

Divino Afflante Spiritu (1943) 

Providentissimus Deus (1893) 


The Bible Reborn: Rediscovering the Riches of Scripture by Dianne Bergant

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