Catholics read the Scriptures

Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini

Bevil Bramwell OMI

Benedict XVI’s exhortation Verbum Domini is a concise summary of the theology of Scripture in the Catholic Church.

The Scriptures are so precious that one has to pay attention to the context in which they were written and how they are used now. From the 2008 Synod on the Word of God, Benedict XVI drew the principles of theology on the Word of God, the Church as his Body, and the workings of the Divine Word in liturgy and the mission of the Church. Verbum Domini is a milestone in gathering up the understanding of the Catholic appreciation of Scripture through the ages.

Catholics read the Scriptures is a graduate level analysis of the Catholic use of Scripture in prayer, liturgy and theology, as it is found in Benedict’s Verbum Domini. He also shows the possible uses of the modern tools of exegesis and their limitations when dealing with the Word given by God to his Church.

Of the commentaries on Verbum Domini (VD) found here and there, this one is a must read. The text of Benedict XVI is a beautiful unfolding of Dei Verbum (DV) and its own development found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Bramwell’s commentary presents reliable, balanced, theologically insightful, technically pristine and especially readable guide through a very deep text. The commentary carefully reviews the major concepts of each section, showing the Church’s teaching on Scripture to be more theological ideas; the Church’s understanding of the true nature of Scripture and of its importance to every Catholic is presented in simple yet profound language that catechists, deacons and priests can readily understand. This book would be accessible to seniors in high school, undergraduate theology programs, diaconal training and seminary curricula Sfmiletic Amazon Customer


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About the Author

Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI is a South African-born priest and religious who lives and teaches in the U.S. His specialty is Catholic Theology, drawing heavily on Vatican II, Saint John Paul II, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. He teaches at Catholic Distance University. He has written five books, the latest being The Catholic Priesthood: A 360 Degree View. He has a regular column on The Catholic Thing.

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