Dark Passages of the Bible
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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...tributed to this book, I must begin by acknowledging the debt of grat-itude I owe to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for his commit-ment to the enterprise of a biblical exegesis that is at once thoroughly critical and thoroughly faithful to Christ’s church. T_he inspiration for this work in its present form came from Benedict’s encouragement ...
Introduction: “How Can That Be in the Bible?”
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...“How can that be in the Bible?” T_his question arises time and again in the minds of Christians who undertake serious study of the written word of God. When believers pose this question, of_ten the more pressing issues of life cause them to forget about it before they are able to arrive at a satisfactory answer. Others pose it, do some ...
1. The Bible’s Problems
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Ecclesiastes made it into the biblical canon, Peter Kreef_t has written that there is nothing more meaningless than an answer without its question—and Ecclesiastes is in the Bible precisely because it pro-vides the question to which the rest of the Bible is the answer.one.superior T_he solutions proposed in the present work would likewise be meaning-...
2. Benedict’s “Method C” Proposal and Catholic Principles for Biblical Interpretation
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...ing the text and contents of the Bible, we can now begin to lay the theological foundation for a robust response that takes seriously the claims of the previous chapter and yet maintains a deep faith in the truth of scripture. In view of achieving this end, we will look to Benedict’s “Method C” hermeneutics proposal for guidance, seek-...
3. The Problem of Development
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...ter one.oldstyle and elucidated Benedict’s Method C exegesis proposal in chap-ter two.oldstyle, we are now in a position to explore more precisely how a Meth-od C approach to scripture might operate. In the next two chapters, we will demonstrate that the theology of St. T_homas Aquinas pro-vides the proper basis on which to carry out Benedict’s exegetical ...
4. The Problem of Apparent Contradictions
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...development, diversity, and apparent contradictions in scripture can be reconciled only if we develop a robust theology of scripture based on a synthesis of the best of ancient and modern exegesis. To this end, chapter three.oldstyle proposed a Method C approach to the problem of scriptural development on the basis of St. T_homas’s theology of the ...
5. Method C Exegesis, the Nature of God, and the Nature of Good and Evil
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...tators as they argued that problematic portions of scripture can be understood only when the exegete takes into account the practical ends that govern the composition of biblical texts. T_he sacred au-thor is an instrument whom God chooses to convey his truth to the world, but God of_ten wanted works written for a reason other than ...
6. Method C Exegesis and the Afterlife
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...fairly concise and to the point, I have devoted an entire chapter to treating the theme of the af_terlife in order to paint a thorough and concrete portrait of Method C exegesis. T_he reason why the af_terlife was chosen for this task is because of the disproportionately vast amount of biblical evidence we have of ancient Israel’s developing ...
Conclusion: Method C Exegesis in the Church
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Just as our endeavor to tackle the “dark” passages of scripture began under the guidance of the church’s teaching on the nature of scripture, so we will conclude by underlining the vital role that the church ought to play in the life of a Method C exegete. Having ap-plied Benedict’s proposal to the themes of the nature of God, the ...
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Publication Year: 2013