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Here is a key quote from Benedict explaining the Canonical Exegesis
Dei Verbum 12
“However, since God speaks in Sacred Scripture through men in human fashion, (6) the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.
To search out the intention of the sacred writers, attention should be given, among other things, to "literary forms." For truth is set forth and expressed differently in texts which are variously historical, prophetic, poetic, or of other forms of discourse. The interpreter must investigate what meaning the sacred writer intended to express and actually expressed in particular circumstances by using contemporary literary forms in accordance with the situation of his own time and culture. (7) For the correct understanding of what the sacred author wanted to assert, due attention must be paid to the customary and characteristic styles of feeling, speaking and narrating which prevailed at the time of the sacred writer, and to the patterns men normally employed at that period in their everyday dealings with one another. (8)” Dei Verbum 12
“But, since Holy Scripture must be read and interpreted in the sacred spirit in which it was written, (9) no less serious attention must be given to the content and unity of the whole of Scripture if the meaning of the sacred texts is to be correctly worked out. The living tradition of the whole Church must be taken into account along with the harmony which exists between elements of the faith. It is the task of exegetes to work according to these rules toward a better understanding and explanation of the meaning of Sacred Scripture, so that through preparatory study the judgment of the Church may mature. For all of what has been said about the way of interpreting Scripture is subject finally to the judgment of the Church, which carries out the divine commission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the word of God. (10)”
How does Canonical Exegsis work
What is the Purpose of this interpretation?
How does the second Vacitian Council describe this?
Structure of the Interpretation of the passage on the vine
Some points Conclusions that Benedict draws
Quotes from Benedict Reflection
What conclusions does Benedict draw about this Passage?
How does he reach his conclusions?
How does benedict interpret the passage about the vine in John’s Gospel?
Benedict use the Canonical exegesis to argues that John’s Gospel lead us to an orthodox understanding of Jesus. “God has taken a new step in history, and this constitutes the deepest meaning of this parable” Looking at the historical information that is shows us that for example the understand of Melchisedek through Philo of Alexandrea show that this type of interpretation is used in order to understand this image of the vine in the Jewish reading community. In comparing the text of the vine with Isiah prophecy about the vine Pope Benedict makes the point that Jesus clear reinterprets the image of the vine in his teaching and thus makes the strong statement that he is the new Israel and son of God. For Benedict this affirm what the Catholic Churches has always believed that Jesus Christ is God.