Scripture and Tradition

In occasional references - in discussions or publications - approaches range from the standard Roman Catholic stress on scripture and tradition as the conveyors of revelation, to the more Orthodox notion of scripture as part of tradition. Owing to contact with Roman Catholicism, Eastern Catholics tend to be less apprehensive of modern biblical criticism than some of their Orthodox counterparts. However, they have not made significant contributions to this area.

As for authoritative versions of scripture, nothing equivalent to the Council of Trent's endorsement of the Vulgate and its canon exists among Eastern Catholics. The status of versions such as the Septuagint, Peshitta, Armenian, Coptic, Ge'ez, and Slavonic - to mention only the more prominent classical ones - derives from their liturgical use and passing allusions in Vatican, or other ecclesiastical, statements. The vernacular versions used in most of the churches have undergone little of the kind of review that western Christians are accustomed to. Thus, at times several different modern transl ations are in use without Eastern Catholic authorities ruling on their relative merits or status.

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