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Scripture Senses

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"In the interpretation of the Bible the Church recognizes two senses: (a) the literal sense, which is the objective, actual and immediate truth which God prompted the writer to convey; (b) the typical sense (also called mystical or spiritual, which is the truth intended by God to be expressed by means of a figure or type) which itself must be a matter of historical fact; this must be distinguished from any subjective or symbolical sense. It is the office of the Church to declare the sense of any given scriptural passage; according to St. Thomas [Aquinas], the literal sense alone can be used for purpose of argument from the Scriptures." (Catholic Dictionary)

An "accommodated sense" refers to the sense "given to a scriptural text other than that originally intended" (Catholic Dictionary)

Also, note that when persons speak of "four senses of Scripture", they are actually referring to the two senses (literal and spiritual), but have subdivided the spiritual sense into the allegorical sense, the moral sense, and the anagogical sense.


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