Scott W. Hahn, PhD, holds the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology at St. Vincent Seminary and is professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he is the author of over twenty books, including The Lamb's Supper, Reasons to Believe, and Kinship by Covenant, and coauthor of Rome Sweet Home. Hahn is also the general editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, The Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Letter and Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology.
Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVIby Scott W. Hahn
Here a foremost interpreter of Catholic thought and life offers a probing look at Benedict's
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's election as Pope Benedict XVI brought a world-class biblical theologian to the papacy. There is an intensely biblical quality to his pastoral teaching and he has demonstrated a keen concern for the authentic interpretation of sacred Scripture.
Here a foremost interpreter of Catholic thought and life offers a probing look at Benedict's biblical theology and provides a clear and concise introduction to his life and work. Bestselling author and theologian Scott Hahn argues that the heart of Benedict's theology is salvation history and the Bible and shows how Benedict accepts historical criticism but recognizes its limits. The author also explains how Benedict reads the overall narrative of Scripture and how he puts it to work in theology, liturgy, and Christian discipleship.
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Reading anything by Scott Hahn draws me deaper into understanding the Hebrew and Christian Testaments. Covenant and Communion is an even richer tool for understanding the Scriptures because Scott applies his theological and scholarly skills to Pope Benedict's phenomenal knowledge, understanding and love of the Bible.
I think that Scott Hahn does a great job in exploring Pope Benedict's 'biblical theology.' Overall, the only issue I could find with the book, which indeed may be minor, is that it some of it is based on the Pope's writings before he became Pope. So it was composed before the Pope completed his 'triology' on Jesus of Nazareth. It also does not include Benedict XVI's reflection "On the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church". In other words, though I think Hahns points and conclusions are legitimate, accurate and informative - such that he may very well have arrived at them even if the aforementioned documents had been taken into account - they are also chronologically incomplete. That being said, this is a most worthy and informative read. I hope for and look forward to a future, second edition of the book which incoporates the Pope's later writings into account.
Excellent book about Pope Benedict's biblical theology. I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith from Benedict's perspective.