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Here, Levering (theology, Ave Maria Univ.; Christ's Fulfillment of Torah and Temple) compellingly argues for the legitimacy of a type of biblical interpretation once prevalent among the Fathers of the Church and medieval theologians, one that includes a participatory encounter with the divine. The historical/critical method of studying the Bible, which looks simply at the facts of biblical history, replaced this earlier method. Levering does not reject the more modern method but instead seeks to combine the two. Using commentaries on John 3:27-36, he shows how the theory of interpretation has changed over the years. He then champions an exegesis based on the practice of St. Thomas Aquinas and argues that a valid exegesis must be made in the context of faith. Written from a Roman Catholic perspective, the volume will appeal to anyone interested in biblical interpretation. While directed toward scholars (fully half the text consists of extended endnotes), the book is nonetheless accessible to the intelligent lay reader. For a somewhat more accessible and extensive survey of the history of exegesis, see Bertrand de Margerie's multivolume An Introduction to the History of Exegesis. Highly recommended for all theology collections.
—Augustine J. Curley