JOHN L. S. J. MCKENZIE
Catholic scholars of the last generation have more and more clearly perceived that the significance of the Old Testament for Christian faith is the fundamental problem of biblical interpretation and theology. Catholic interpreters have always affirmed the unity of the Bible; and we know that a naïve affirmation of the unity of the Bible is not enough. Contemporary efforts to give content and clarity to the affirmation go back to the years immediately following World War II. The men chiefly responsible for this work have resolutely attempted to recapture the concept of biblical unity which they find in the New Testament and in the Fathers of the Church.
A return to the past, in this as in other areas of human activity, has proved to be neither as easy nor as profitable as many expected. The more we have studied the New Testament use of the Old Testament and the interpretation of the Fathers, the more it becomes evident that one must be a member of these ancient cultures in order to think like ancients. A modern interpreter can