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Dark Passages of the Bible

Matthew J. Ramage

Publication Year: 2013

Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, in Dark Passages of the Bible Matthew Ramage weds the historical-critical approach with a theological reading of Scripture based in the patristic-medieval tradition. Whereas these two approaches are often viewed as mutually exclusive or even contradictory, Ramage insists that the two are mutually enriching and necessary for doing justice to the Bible’s most challenging texts

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

Before recognizing the many individuals who have directly contributed to this book, I must begin by acknowledging the debt of gratitude I owe to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for his commitment to the enterprise of a biblical exegesis that is at once thoroughly critical and thoroughly faithful to Christ’s church. ...

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Introduction: “How Can That Be in the Bible?”

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pp. 1-16

“How can that be in the Bible?” This 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, often the more pressing issues of life cause them to forget about it before they are able to arrive at a satisfactory answer. ...

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1. The Bible’s Problems

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pp. 17-52

Responding to the question of how the extremely bleak book of Ecclesiastes made it into the biblical canon, Peter Kreeft has written that there is nothing more meaningless than an answer without its question—and Ecclesiastes is in the Bible precisely because it provides the question to which the rest of the Bible is the answer.1 ...

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2. Benedict’s “Method C” Proposal and Catholic Principles for Biblical Interpretation

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pp. 53-91

Having highlighted many of the significant problems concerning 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. ...

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3. The Problem of Development

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pp. 92-113

Having surveyed problematic themes within scripture in chapter 1 and elucidated Benedict’s Method C exegesis proposal in chapter 2, we are now in a position to explore more precisely how a Method C approach to scripture might operate. ...

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4. The Problem of Apparent Contradictions

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pp. 114-154

The preceding chapters have emphasized that the problems of 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. ...

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5. Method C Exegesis, the Nature of God, and the Nature of Good and Evil

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pp. 155-195

In the previous chapter, we followed Aquinas and his commentators 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. ...

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6. Method C Exegesis and the Afterlife

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pp. 196-273

Whereas the Method C treatment of our first two themes was fairly concise and to the point, I have devoted an entire chapter to treating the theme of the afterlife in order to paint a thorough and concrete portrait of Method C exegesis. ...

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Conclusion: Method C Exegesis in the Church

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pp. 274-280

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. ...


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pp. 281-296

Scripture Index

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pp. 297-300

General Index

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pp. 301-304

E-ISBN-13: 9780813221571
E-ISBN-10: 0813221579
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813221564
Print-ISBN-10: 0813221560

Page Count: 312
Publication Year: 2013

Edition: 1