Understanding the Bible: A Basic Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-05-14
  • Publisher: Paulist Pr

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In this revised and expanded edition of Understanding the Bible, the author surveys the major trends in the major theories in biblical interpretation from ancient times to the present, and notes the contributions and limitations of each period. He shows how the Bible itself interprets earlier texts and he places into coherent perspective the diverse and often contradictory interpretations of scripture, culminating with a detailed examination of Dei Verbum of Vatican II and the Pontifical Biblical Commission's The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.

Author Biography

George T. Montague is a professor of New Testament at St. Mary's University, San Antonio.

Table of Contents

Questionsp. 1
The road already traveledp. 9
The Bible interprets the Biblep. 11
The wealth of the word : the fathers interpret the Biblep. 28
Climbing the tower : the middle agesp. 49
The path of independence : the reformation and the enlightenmentp. 68
The Bible and the church : the Catholic responsep. 88
Hermeneutical theory : from text to subject to the hermeneutics of understandingp. 96
Bernard Lonergan and critical realist hermeneuticsp. 119
The road before usp. 127
The world of the textp. 129
The world behind the textp. 145
The world in front of the text : reader responsep. 163
The world around the text : community and canonp. 175
The spiritual sense of scripturep. 201
Dei Verbum : text and commentaryp. 210
A study guide to The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church : questions for comprehension, reflection, discussionp. 233
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