Letters from that City: A Guide to Holy Scripture for Students of Theology

Letters from that City: A Guide to Holy Scripture for Students of Theology

  • by Thomas Crean, O.P.

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Os Justi Studies in Catholic Tradition - 6

As St Augustine told his flock in Hippo Regius, the books of Scripture are letters that have come to us from the City toward which we are on pilgrimage. Yet for many decades, the teaching and study of Scripture in academic settings within the Catholic Church has served more to undermine faith than to nourish it. This disastrous situation has arisen through a forgetfulness or rejection of the principles that should guide exegesis. In particular, many renowned scholars whose works have dominated the Catholic landscape sought to erect exegesis into an autonomous discipline, separated from both the teachings of the Church and from speculative theology. To shield themselves from such a secularized exegesis, and in response to the wider assault on orthodoxy within the Church, some Catholics have taken refuge with the magisterium, yet in a way that can obscure the fact that popes and bishops themselves must remain subject to the word of God. In this brief but profound primer, Fr Thomas Crean OP sets forth principles fundamental to all exegesis—in particular, the plenary inspiration and inerrancy of the sacred books—and responds to modern attempts to limit these two properties of Holy Writ. He discusses disputed questions about the nature of inspiration, literary genres, the plurality of senses, and the sufficiency of Scripture, and explains the enduring importance of the Septuagint and the Vulgate. Letters from that City will be of use especially to seminarians and other students of theology.

Size: 5.25 x 8

98 pages

Thomas Crean

Fr Thomas Crean is a Dominican of the English province, based at St Dominic's in London.  He is the author of God is No Delusion, The Mass and the Saints (Ignatius Press) and Florence became a new Sion (Emmaus Academic), and co-author with Alan Fimister of Integralism: A Manual of Political Philosophy.  He has taught in Austria and Ireland.

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