The Critical Meaning of the Bible

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Paulist Press, 1981 - Religion - 150 pages
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The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul, discerning the thoughts of the heart. So proclaims te Epistle to the Hebrews. Yet for many persons the biblical Word of God is less a sharp sword than a crutch, supporting rather than piercing them. Interpreted as they have "always" heard it, scripture tells them exactly what they want to hear. Modern critical investigation of the Bible can change that radically, for now Christians and the churches are being told that the biblical authors did not always mean what they were thought to have meant when read through the spectacles of later interests. Because of its approach, some Protestants and Catholics believe the new biblical criticism is impious. Raymond Brown, a Catholic priest who is Auburn Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, argues strongly to the contrary. Critically interpreted, the Bible is all the more critical to Christians and the Church. The challenge of the scriptures is unleashed, "piercing to the division of soul, discerning the thoughts of the heart."--Back cover.
 

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Contents

The Human Word of the Almighty God
1
What the Biblical Word Meant and What It Means
23
Scholars Against the Church Fact or Fiction?
45
Why Does Biblical Scholarship Move the Church So Slowly?
64
Moving All Christians to Think
82
An Example Rethinking the Priesthood Biblically for All
96
Moving All the Churches To Reform
107
An Example Rethinking the Episcopate of the NT Churches
124
List of Abbreviations
147
Author Index
148
Subject Index
149
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