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Letter & Spirit, Vol. 2: The Authority of Mystery: The Word of God and the People of God (A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology) [Paperback]

By Scott Hahn (Editor) & Dave Scott (Editor)
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The Authority of Mystery brings together great minds of the past and present to consider the relationship between the Word of God and the people of God, the Church.

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Letter & Spirit is a journal of Catholic biblical theology for the new millennium. It seeks to foster deeper understanding of sacred Scripture and the divine liturgy of the Church. This second volume of the journal, ?The Authority of Mystery: The Word of God and the People of God, ? is inspired by the scholarship of Pope Benedict XVI?especially Benedict's concerns about the relation of the Bible to faith in Christ. The editors write in their introduction: As we write in our introduction: ?How to read the Bible is, at bottom, a question about the identity of Jesus. Is he Jesus of Nazareth only, or is he also the Christ, the Son of the living God? Did he have a divine mission to reveal the mystery of God, or was he only a man like others? Does he remain among us in sacrament and liturgy?? Letter & Spirit is published annually by the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a nonprofit research and educational institute founded by Dr. Scott Hahn. The journal is published in association with Emmaus Road Publishing.

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Studio: Emmaus Road Publishing
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Emmaus Road Publishing
Series  Letter And Spirit Project  
Series Number  2  
ISBN  1931018359  
ISBN13  9781931018357  

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More About Scott Hahn & Dave Scott

Scott Hahn

SCOTT HAHN is a professor of theology and Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and was recently appointed to the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation of Saint Vincent Seminary (Latrobe, Pennsylvania). He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Lamb's Supper; Hail, Holy Queen; Swear to God; and Understanding the Scriptures. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.

Scott Hahn currently resides in Steubenville, in the state of Ohio.

Scott Hahn has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 30-Minute Read
  2. Catholic for a Reason
  3. Counterpoints: Bible & Theology
  4. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
  5. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible S
  6. Letter & Spirit Journal

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A must for all chatolic to read  Aug 23, 2007
I are grateful that Catholic scholars re-assume and re-invent a Catholic exegesis. By this I intend an exegesis which is inserted in the whole of the Catholic Tradition, Catholic Magisterium and Catholic sacramental life. Thank you Dr. Scott Hahn for this exegetic review which is a precious instrument for all Bible readers
An astounding compendium of Biblical theology  Feb 8, 2007
As a director of adult formation in a Catholic parish, one of my primary tasks is to teach the adults in my parish the Faith. Following the lead of the authors of Scripture themselves and the Early Church Fathers, this is done best when we use the inspired and sacred word of God himself as a springboard. Scripture is exciting; it is incredibly rich; and my students are thirsty for a Biblical approach to the Faith... to see the Catholic Faith within the pages of the Bible.

I cannot teach my students what I don't already know, and so it is important for me to continue my ongoing formation in learning the riches of Sacred Scripture. Thanks to the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville Ohio (founded and directed by Dr. Scott Hahn), we are given the Letter and Spirit Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology. In 2005, the first volume was published, and this is the second volume (2006). I have found this journal to be an astounding compendium of Biblical theology, which feeds my ongoing formation in the riches of the Bible. This in turn has helped me explain and teach the inspired Word of God to my adult students, and they are eating it up! One volume a year is perfect for me, because - with my workload and time constraints - that is about all I can consume.

I was blown away by two particular articles in this 2nd volume of Letter and Spirit. The first is titled "The Lord's Prayer and the New Exodus" by Brant Pitre. Dr. Pitre received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized in the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism.

In his article, Pitre recounts an insight given by N.T. Wright: that the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6 draws upon a profound theme among the O.T. prophets: the New Exodus. Pitre then expounds upon this insight by demonstrating how each of the petitions of this prayer evoke key Old Testament passages - among the prophets - that foretell and promise the restoration and redemption of all 12 Tribes of Israel with the Gentiles. This coming restoration/redemption is specifically framed in terms of the "New Exodus." As Israel was oppressed by Egypt and released from slavery in the first Exodus to enter the Promised Land, so Israel, oppressed by foreign powers in Exile, will be released from Exile and regathered and restored under the Messiah, the Son of David. This is incredibly exciting for a cradle Catholic who has always prayed the Lord's Prayer, yet without an understanding of its implications. Jesus is having us pray for the New Exodus: the restoration of Israel with the Gentiles - which is essentially the Evangelistic mission of the Church. What does this mean? The Lord's Prayer is a prayer of evangelization! It is a prayer that encapsulates a monumental prophetic theme from the Old Testament, and in so doing, demonstrates that this prophetic hope is answered in Jesus the Christ.

The second article, which I found to be difficult, yet profoundly rewarding is "The Lord Will Accomplish His Word" by Fr. Pablo T. Gadenz who is a priest from the Diocese of Trenton, N.J. and was sent to Rome by his bishop to work towards his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) - which he has since completed (Pontifical Biblical Institute, 2005) - and his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the Pontifical Gregorian University. This guy is amazing! Fr. Gadenz is currently completing his doctoral disseration over a veritable standstill (or as Gadenz says, "impasse") in academic circles: Romans 9-11. In this article, he shares with us a significant piece of his doctoral work.

In his article, "The Lord Will Accomplish His Word," Gadenz does the dirty work for us in examining a very difficult passage in St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans. He examines Paul's use of the Old Testament in Romans 9:24-29 by doing a serious historical-literal investigation of the text at hand. Some have seen Paul contradicting himself in this passage or that he is quoting the Old Testament out of context. However, Gadenz examines Paul's use of 3 compositional models: midrashic, chiastic, and rhetorical. This includes "gezerah shaway," which is a Rabbinic method of merging two similar Old Testament texts together. This serious inquiry into how Paul wrote really illuminates the Letter to the Romans and shows how Paul carefully uses the Old Testament to demonstrate his point.

What is that point? Well, Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles. Among the Gentiles are those exiles of the Northern Kingdom (10 Tribes + Levites) who were conquered, deported, exiled, and intermarried among foreign peoples in 722 B.C. by the world power at the time, Assyria. In the Old Testament prophets (e.g. Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.), we find the prophetic expectation time and time again of God restoring all 12 tribes in the covenant to come with the Messiah. Well, in Paul's day, the Jews are mainly Judah-ites (from which they get the name "Jew"), which is only 1 of the 12 Tribes. There are also some Levites such as John the Baptist and some Benjaminites such as Paul himself. But what about the other 10 tribes? Gadenz's study helps demonstrate that Paul saw his mission to the Gentiles as a mission to reach those other 10 tribes, which are now among the Gentiles!

If you are hungry for a serious study of the Bible, I wholly recommend taking the time and effort to acquire every volume of the Letter and Spirit Journal. Above, I only reviewed two articles. There are so many other rich examinations of the Bible in just this one volume, but as you can see, I have already written too much. Get this text. It is well worth the small price!

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