Review by Choice Review
In examining the place of biblical scholarship in Roman Catholicism, Johnson (Emory Univ.) devotes five chapters to distinctive features of Roman Catholic treatments of biblical interpretation. He emphasizes a "both/and" approach wherein Roman Catholics value both scripture and tradition. For instance, Roman Catholic biblical scholarship has been influenced by traditions from patristic, medieval, and scholastic interpretations of scripture. Johnson includes chapters on Origen of Alexandria (185-253 CE) and St. Augustine (354-430 CE) on biblical interpretation. Kurz (Marquette Univ.) then devotes five chapters to identifying how biblical scholarship can be more helpful to the needs of the Roman Catholic Church. Four of these attend to lessons from John's Gospel, and one chapter examines differences between a Roman Catholic and a Protestant approach to biblical interpretation. The book includes two chapters where Kurz replies to Johnson and Johnson to Kurz, and it concludes with responses by Johnson and Kurz to ten questions about biblical scholarship. This book is nontechnical, lucidly written, and well organized. Recommended for all libraries supporting biblical and religious studies, it is suitable for undergraduates through faculty. P. K. Moser Loyola University of Chicago
Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.