Pope Paul VI on how to be an exegete

“Your work is not limited…to explaining old texts, reporting facts in a critical way or going back to the early and original form of a text or sacred page. It is the prime duty of the exegete to present to the people of God the message of salvation, to set forth the meaning of the word of God in itself and in relation to men today.”

Pope Paul VI, Address to the Pontifical Biblical Commission
March 14, 1974

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