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Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church Paperback – November, 2003
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During the past century many scripture scholars, including many Catholics, have so emphasized the literal sense that they have neglected the spiritual sense. This is especially true of those who rely exclusively on the historical critical methods of interpreting Scripture. Dr. Hahn grants that there is much value in the proper use of the historical critical methods, but at the same time he clearly points out the weaknesses and deficiencies. Professor Hahn reminds us in this fine book that the study of Scripture is the soul of theology. The Bible remains normative for Catholic theology. In short, Dr. Hahn spells out the basic principles for a Catholic interpretation of Scripture, and he also gives us some good examples of how to go about interpreting a few passages the sacred pages. "Scripture Matters," therefore, is a helpful book for those who want to learn how to interpret the Bible in a way that is in agreement with Catholic teaching and tradition. If you read Scott Hahn carefully, you will begin to have a deeper appreciation of the various levels of meaning in the divinely inspired Scriptures.
In what is perhaps the book's most challenging chapter, Hahn explains what he believes to be a "key that unlocks the mysteries of faith... the family of God." He points out that "the whole of Scripture can be viewed as the story of how God, as Father, repeatedly strives... to draw his wayward children home." Hahn also includes two chapters about the central importance of Scripture in the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas. In another chapter, he provides a moving tribute to the recently canonized St. Josemaria Escriva and the preeminent place he gave to Scripture in the spiritual life. Elsewhere, Hahn explains the importance of Jesus' "hour" in John's Gospel, as the culmination of his saving work, as it is re-presented in the Mass. In another chapter that's particularly helpful in current debates about marriage, celibacy and the male priesthood, Hahn offers an insightful look at the priestly vocation of fatherhood and the fatherly vocation of the priesthood. He ends with a thoughtful critique of currents trends in biblical scholarship.Read more ›
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Its a good scripture-teaser from the Catholic point-of-view. Its arranged well in its structure. The choice of font for the letters is only one, so you must deal with that in... Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by happyreader
Scott Hahn does a wonderful job of making certain points really clear, but then weights the reader down with a ponderous style. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Anonymous
This book helps explain scripture in a concise and well defined way. In time, this book may prove to be one of Hahn's most practical contributions to Christendom apart from his... Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by MaryAnn
Nothing new, sometimes I believe Mr Hahn just rehashes and does not put his own input, which is usually quite goodPublished on April 28, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If someone wants to know about the interpretation of scripture and where we stand with historical criticism from the Catholic Church's point of view, this is an excellent statementPublished on January 18, 2013 by Eugene Selzer