Four out of the six chapters of Dei Verbum deal with the inspired scriptures, but the document first expounds revelation and tradition—a way of showing how they are 'prior' and 'broader' realities. Despite its high doctrine of biblical inspiration, Catholic Christianity is primarily a religion of the word, not of the book. God's living word, handed on and constantly reactualized in the worship, teaching, and whole life of the community, takes a certain precedence over the inspired writings.

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