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Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Covenant and Communion: The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

by Scott W. Hahn


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434259
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/24/2019
Pages: 204
Sales rank: 873,963
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

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

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Rysia More than 1 year ago
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.
mc76NYC More than 1 year ago
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.
Rosemax More than 1 year ago
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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