Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

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"Leading men and women to God, to the God who speaks in the Bible: this is the supreme and fundamental priority of the Church and of the Successor of Peter at the present time."--Pope Benedict XVI

"A superb introduction to the way in which the theology of Pope Benedict XVI has been shaped by the Bible. Scott Hahn's crisp and clear analysis puts the reader at the very center of this remarkable pope's thought."--Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame

"The increasingly painful ...

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Overview

"Leading men and women to God, to the God who speaks in the Bible: this is the supreme and fundamental priority of the Church and of the Successor of Peter at the present time."--Pope Benedict XVI

"A superb introduction to the way in which the theology of Pope Benedict XVI has been shaped by the Bible. Scott Hahn's crisp and clear analysis puts the reader at the very center of this remarkable pope's thought."--Gary Anderson, University of Notre Dame

"The increasingly painful bankruptcy of the historical-critical method in our time has created a vacuum precisely at the point where the living Church requires substantial nurture. Pope Benedict XVI has spoken into this crisis like no one else, and his best expositor, Scott Hahn, has done us a tremendous service by synthesizing Benedict's erudite and prayerful biblical theology into a lively, readable, and intellectually reliable conspectus. This excellent volume will be indispensable for all Christians who seek to be more maturely grounded in Scripture."--David Lyle Jeffrey, Baylor University

"A lucidly written and trenchant study of the biblical theology of Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict. Hahn shows how one of the most important theologians of the twentieth century gently but firmly corrected the historical critics who dominate much of contemporary academic Scripture study. Hahn further demonstrates how, in making this correction, Ratzinger/Benedict allowed for the recovery of much of the richness of patristic biblical interpretation. This is a beautiful and thought-provoking text, one that will prove helpful to any serious student of the sacred page."--Robert Barron, Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake

"In the growing body of literature on the theology of Benedict XVI, there is a conspicuously missing theme: the consciously biblical character of the pontiff's theology. Hahn places Ratzinger/Benedict's concern for theology as a scriptural--and hence a liturgical--activity center stage with the verve and clarity we have come to expect from him. Hahn uses his encyclopedic knowledge of Ratzinger/Benedict's corpus to tease out many threads, weaving them into a compelling account of the new hermeneutic at the heart of Benedict's vision. Not only students of the pope but also all of us who desire the revitalization of theology and exegesis should welcome the passion and insight that Hahn has brought to bear on his subject."--Lewis Ayres, Durham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432699
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 790,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

1. Ignorance of Scripture Is Ignorance of Christ: The Theological Project of Joseph Ratzinger
2. The Critique of Criticism: Beginning the Search for a New Theological Synthesis
3. The Hermeneutic of Faith: Critical and Historical Foundations for a Biblical Theology
4. The Spiritual Science of Theology: Its Mission and Method in the Life of the Church
5. Reading God's Testament to Humankind: Biblical Realism, Typology, and the Inner Unity of Revelation
6. The Theology of the Divine Economy: Covenant, Kingdom, and the History of Salvation
7. The Embrace of Salvation: Mystagogy and the Transformation of Sacrifice
8. The Cosmic Liturgy: The Eucharistic Kingdom and the World as Temple
9. The Authority of Mystery: The Beauty and Necessity of the Theologian's Task
Indexes
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  • Posted February 14, 2010

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    Scott Hahn does it again.

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

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    I think that Scott Hahn does a great job in exploring Pope Bened

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2013

    Scott Hahn does a great job!

    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.

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