The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study

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"The joy born of the Word can now expand to all those who, by faith, let themselves be changed by God's word." – Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini

For many Catholics, Scripture remains an elusive part of their Faith, or worse yet, a weapon used against them when encountering challenges from other denominations.

If you think you have to be a Bible scholar to understand the Scriptures, think again!

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Overview

"The joy born of the Word can now expand to all those who, by faith, let themselves be changed by God's word." – Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini

For many Catholics, Scripture remains an elusive part of their Faith, or worse yet, a weapon used against them when encountering challenges from other denominations.

If you think you have to be a Bible scholar to understand the Scriptures, think again!

The Word of the Lord was written by one of the foremost Catholic Bible scholars and tested in several graduate level seminary Scripture courses. Yet everyone will appreciate the book's clear, straightforward approach, perfect for the average Catholic. From crucial topics to more common questions, you will find explanations, answers, and interpretation that will launch you into the exciting adventure that awaits you in Scripture.

Wherever you are on your faith journey, The Word of the Lord will guide you forward to seek the face of Christ in Scripture.

"It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world."– John 4:42

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612785882
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Pages: 255
  • Sales rank: 739,905
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Scott Hahn 9

Acknowledgments 11

Introduction: Seven Indispensable Principles for the Study of Scripture 13

Chapter 1 Principle 1: God's Word: Divine Words in Human Language 17

Chapter 2 Inspiration and the Truth of Scripture: Questions and Answers 35

Chapter 3 Principle 2: God's Word Is Revealed in History 61

Chapter 4 Principle 3: God's Word: Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture 85

Chapter 5 The Canon of Sacred Scripture 99

Chapter 6 Principle 4: God's Word: Revealed in the Unity of the Old and New Testaments 109

Chapter 7 Scripture's Unitive Pattern: The Theme of Covenant 123

Chapter 8 The Threefold Pattern of the Covenant 131

Chapter 9 Biblical Typology and Recapitulation 145

Chapter 10 Principle 5: God's Word Has Meaning(s) 161

Chapter 11 Modern Biblical Interpretation 183

Chapter 12 Principle 6: God's Word Requires Sound, Balanced, Methodological Analysis 199

Chapter 13 Principle 7: God's Word Is Life-giving and Active! 215

Appendices

Appendix A The 7 Principles of Catholic Biblical Interpretation in Summary Form 237

Appendix B Modern Biblical Scholars 239

Part I Meet the Rationalists: Six Influential Academic/Secular Biblical Scholars 239

Part II Ten Significant Catholic/Christian Scholars of the Modern Era 240

Appendix C Biblical Resources 243

Selecting Biblical Software 243

Selecting Biblical Commentaries 244

Other Recommended Commentaries 245

An Indexed Bibliography 248

About the Author 256

List of Tables and Figures

Tables

Table 1 Relative Roles of the Divine and Human Author(s) in the Inspiration Process 40

Table 2 Ancient Manuscripts: The Bible and Other Texts 54

Table 3 Textual Variants in the New Testament 55

Table 4 Three Periods of Response of the Church to the Historical-Critical Method 72

Table 5 The Canon of the Old Testament 100-101

Table 6 The Threefold Pattern of the Covenant 140

Figures

Figure 1 The Documentary Hypothesis 183

Figure 2 The Two-Source Hypothesis 184

Figure 3 Ten Key Elements in Narrative Criticism 190

Figure 4 Hierarchy of Needs ("Self-Actualization") 218

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