Spirit and Life: Interpreting the Bible in Ordinary Timeis written by well-known and respected scholar and author Scott Hahn. Published by Emmaus Road, these nine essays provide fresh insights into important biblical themes. Topics in this volume include:
- Scripture as God’s symphony
- Pope Benedict’s Scripture-based teaching on the person and prayer of Jesus
- The connection of Scripture, liturgy, and the Church
- The “liturgical sense” of God’s Word
- The theme of fulfillment in Matthew’s Gospel
- Church authority within a scriptural context
- A biblical approach to the “Pentecostal” phenomena
- A paradox? Christ as Majestic Judge vs. Christ as the Lamb
Hahn shows that Scripture is not a dead letter but rather a great, living gift from God. Indeed, it is “spirit and life” to those who will unwrap and embrace it. Spirit and Life: Interpreting the Bible in Ordinary Time provides the reader with a greater appreciation of the Living Word.
Reviews and Endorsements:
Professor Scott Hahn, in his writing, teaching and lectures, has helped so many people grasp more fully the wisdom of God found in the pages of sacred Scripture. His book, Spirit & Life: Essays on Interpreting the Bible in Ordinary Time, is one more example of his scholarship, teaching ability and personal appreciation of the Word of God. In this work he addresses in an engaging and informative manner how to “read the Bible from the heart of the Church.” Readers, whether one is a scholar or newly undertaking serious biblical study, will come to appreciate more deeply how the Word of God gives new meaning to the daily events of life.
The words “ordinary time” in the title might mislead a browser into thinking that this book is a guide to the lectionary. It is not.
The best sections present some of Pope Benedict XVI’s theological work, especially in the area of scripture. Indeed, Hahn believes that the Holy Father’s biblical Christology will have the same impact on theology, preaching and religious education as has John Paul II’s theology of the body.
Connecting scripture, liturgy and the communal life of the Church creates a nexus for finding the real Jesus. And reading the scriptures through the liturgy not only recovers the origins of the inspired texts but also gives them richer meaning for today.
Once again, Dr. Hahn is to be thanked for his efforts to bring the Bible into the heart of the Church and her sons and daughters. Spirit and Life had much to offer me as a pastor and preacher.
About the Author:
Dr. Scott Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and videotapes by St. Joseph Communications. His talks have been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith. He is currently a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper, Reasons to Believe , and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly). Scott received his BA in Theology, Philosophy and Economics from Grove City College, PA, Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Marquette University. He entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, 1986. He resides with his wife, Kimberly, and children in Steubenville, Ohio.