Academic journal article Theological Studies

Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology

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Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology. Catholic Theological Formation Series. Edited by Fr. Scott Carl. Grand Rapids, Ml: Eerdmans, 2015. Pp. xvi + 176. $20.34.

This collection of essays inaugurates the new Catholic Theology Formation series published under the auspices of the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of Saint Thomas. The purpose of the volume is to respond to Pope Benedict XVI's 2010 apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini (VD), seeking to explore the implications of this magisterial document for Scripture scholars working at Catholic seminaries. In VD no. 47, the pontiff encouraged biblical specialists to overcome the chasm between exegesis and theology, in line with Vatican IPs constitution Dei Verbum, and also emphasized the centrality of Scripture studies in the formation of candidates for the priesthood. Part I addresses the former of these two papal injunctions, while Part II brings together a few reflections on the latter.

Denis Farkasfalvy's essay retrieves the patristic parallelism between inspiration and incarnation (7-8), emphasizing that the instrumental character of the inspired text in conveying God's word is analogous to the instrumental character of Christ's humanity in disclosing the Son's divinity. …

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