Is Scripture part of Apostolic Tradition?

I was under the impression that Tradition (Apostolic Tradition) refers to then entirety of the Christian teaching and thus this includes Scripture as well as Oral Tradition.

However, in the Catechism, I see the word “Tradition” used with a different meaning. So is scripture not considered to be part of Apostolic Tradition? Is there a difference between “Tradition” and “Apostolic Tradition”?

Technically, scripture can be called tradition. Because scripture is tradition written down, while oral tradition is tradition not written down.

It is the Deposit of Faith (depositum fidei) that consists of both Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture. This deposit is the sum of “the entire Revelation of the most high God.”–CCC 75.

But Apostolic Tradition is different from Sacred Scripture in that they are two distinct modes employed in the transmission of that revelation found in that deposit.


Oral tradition can also be how we understand Scripture…So Tradition and Scripture are solidly tied together.


WesleyF, you may study the following at the site given.

ON NOVEMBER 18, 1965
"10. Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church. Holding fast to this deposit the entire holy people united with their shepherds remain always steadfast in the teaching of the Apostles, in the common life, in the breaking of the bread and in prayers (see Acts 2, 42, Greek text), so that holding to, practicing and professing the heritage of the faith, it becomes on the part of the bishops and faithful a single common effort.

“It is clear, therefore, that sacred tradition, Sacred Scripture and the teaching authority of the Church, in accord with God’s most wise design, are so linked and joined together that one cannot stand without the others, and that all together and each in its own way under the action of the one Holy Spirit contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.”

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