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How Do Catholics Read the Bible?


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Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 What Do Catholics Believe About the Bible? Chapter 3 The Bible and the Church Chapter 4 Modern Catholic Documentation Chapter 5 The Word of God in Human Language Part 6 What Is in the Catholic Bible? Chapter 7 The Different Canons Chapter 8 The History of the Old Testament Canon Chapter 9 The History of the New Testament Canon Part 10 How Do Catholics Approach the Bible? Chapter 11 The Catholic Theological Tradition on the Bible Chapter 12 The Catholic Experience Chapter 13 Catholic Bibles Today Part 14 How Do Catholics Analyze a Biblical Text? Chapter 15 Literary Methods Chapter 16 Historical Methods Chapter 17 Theological Methods Part 18 How Do Catholics Read the Old Testament? Chapter 19 Old Testament Study Today Chapter 20 Biblical Interpretation in Jesus' Time Chapter 21 Reading the Old Testament as Catholic Christians Part 22 How Do Catholics Read the New Testament? Chapter 23 The Formation of the Gospels Chapter 24 The Gospels as Witnesses to Jesus and the Early Church Chapter 25 The Epistles as Witnesses to Early Christian Faith and Life Part 26 How Do Catholics Interpret Scripture? Chapter 27 Hermeneutics Chapter 28 The Literal Sense and the Spiritual Sense Chapter 29 Scripture and Tradition Part 30 What Place Does the Bible Have in Catholic Life? Chapter 31 The Role of the Magisterium Chapter 32 The Bible in Catholic Life Chapter 33 Lectio Divina Part 34 Conclusion: Twenty-Five Theses Part 35 Appendix: Some Resources for Catholic Biblical Interpretation Part 36 Glossary

About the Author

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ (1940-2014), was a well-known expert on the Bible, a Jesuit priest, and professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His other books with Sheed & Ward include Who is Jesus? Why is He Important?, Jesus and Virtue Ethics, and The Church According to the New Testament.


A splendid companion to the Bible. A sure guide through issues that need to be understood if the reader is to appreciate how the Bible is 'the Word of God in human language.' -- Emil A. Wcela, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre and past President, Catholic Biblical Association
Dan Harrington has the uncanny ability to make the complex, understandable and the profound, accessible to ordinary readers. In this volume, he brings together wise reflections on methods of interpreting Scripture today with examples from his own experience of interpreting Scripture for parish communities. How do Catholics Read the Bible is a reliable guide for every Catholic who has waited for a straightforward and clearly written introduction to reading the Bible in the Church today. -- Barbara E. Bowe, R.S.C.J., Professor of Biblical Studies, Catholic Theological Union
A superb synthesis of Catholic views on biblical interpretation, written by one of the church's best practitioners. * The Bible Today *
This volume, both concise and informative, constitutes a significant contribution to that pedogogical effort and is a splendid gift to general readers....In sum, both church and academy can welcome this book as a valuable vade mecum in biblical studies, as much for the informed access it provides to the thought of others as for Harrington's own exegesis. -- Mark Kiley, April 2008 * H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online *
This little volume is both interesting and enlightening....This book gives good insight to Roman Catholic interpretation. -- James R. Walker Ph.D, Director of Web-Based Education and Associate Professor, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Harrington's book is a wonderfully clear, balanced, and accessible presentation of how the Catholic Church at its best understands and uses the Bible. This book should prove very helpful for a wide audience of Catholics and others who are interested in understanding the Bible in its historical contexts and, even more importantly, in their daily lives and in the life of the Church today. The book's style is always user-friendly. Harrington explains unfamiliar terms clearly and gives helpful examples of what he means. The book obviously reflects Harrington's thirty years of teaching, preaching, and praying over the biblical text. -- Thomas H. Tobin, S.J., Professor of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

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