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Posted October 4, 2008
This is a good introduction to the many problems inherent in modern biblical hermeneutics. I think Schneiders treatment of the places of difficulty is outstanding. Further, I believe that her introduction of the sacramental analogy is a good beginning. However, it is lamentable that she does not have a Catholic understanding of sacraments. A sacrament is a outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. She would not disagree. But, it is also Church teaching that the signs signify what they contain, and contain what they signify. In other words, the bible is the sacrament of the word of God, that confers upon the reader the thoughts of God, his very revelation but, it also is that revelation, it also is the Word of God. A sacramental sign is the thing it signifies but under the form of sign. Therefore, her notion of the bible as a sacrament could greatly be augmented by shoring up her inadequacies in the realm of sacramental theology. Doing this would also answer her questions of inspiration and inerrancy. With all of these problems, the book is still quite useful in guiding the reader into the many muddy waters of understanding the Bible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.