By Emanuele Severino
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The Council of Trent (1545–1563 AD) solemnly defined that Catholics were to accept—as inspired and part of revelation—all forty-six books of the Old Testament, in addition to the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. , denominations would only accept the thirty-nine books, but you will often find those seven deuterocanonical books listed in the back of the Protestant Bible under the classification of “apocrypha” (see Question 14). Question 19. What is inspiration? ” The Greek word for inspiration is theopneustos, meaning literally “God-breathed”; in Hebrew, one can use either neshamah or ruwach.
Jesus speaks metaphorically when He says, “You are the salt of the earth,” since He is not asking us to place ourselves in salt shakers and sit on kitchen tables. He wants us to use the qualities of salt as a preservative and flavoring. Likewise, when Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5), you must first be able to read and understand the words “vine” and “branches” to get the literal sense. The literal interpretation, however, would be that we are plants, whereas the metaphorical or figurative interpretation is that we must be connected to Christ like branches are to a vine.
Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation (sixteenth century AD) with the concept of sola scriptura (scripture alone) as the final authority in doctrinal matters. The Council of Trent convened that same century and solemnly defined that the Church, or more precisely, the teaching authority (Magisterium) of the Catholic Church had the ultimate and last word—not because it is superior to the Bible, but because the whole of divine revelation, from Sacred Scripture (Bible) to Sacred Tradition, was entrusted to the Church for protection and for proper interpretation.