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Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology


Eerdmans 2015

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In Verbum Domini, his 2010 apostolic exhortation, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the Church to keep theology firmly rooted in the study of Scripture. The essays collected here respond thoughtfully and concretely to that charge, together demonstrating that exegesis is essential to the theological task and to faith for scholars, students, and the broader church.

This is the inaugural volume of the Catholic Theological Formation series, published under the auspices of the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity.

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Key Features

  • Discusses Catholic theological formation and scriptural exegesis
  • Demonstrates that exegesis is essential to the theological task and to faith
  • Provides special attention to the task of preparing priests, teachers, and leaders within the Roman Catholic tradition


  • “Inspiration and Incarnation” by Denis Farkasfalvy, O.Cist.
  • “Spiritual Understanding of Scripture” by Francis Martin
  • Verbum Domini and Historical-Critical Exegesis” by Brant Pitre
  • “Overcoming the Hiatus between Exegesis and Theology: Guidance and Examples from Pope Benedict XVI” by Pablo Gadenz
  • “The Catholic Use of the Scriptures in Ecumenical Dialogue” by Christian D. Washburn
  • “Preparing Seminarians for the Ministry of the Word in Light of Verbum Domini” by Peter S. Williamson
  • “Searching for the Obvious: Toward a Catholic Hermeneutic of Scripture with Seminarians Especially in Mind” by James Swetnam, S.J.
  • “Verbum Domini and the Renewal of Biblical Preaching” by Mary Healy
  • “The Word of God and the Textual Pluriformity of the Old Testament” by Stephen Ryan, O.P.
  • “How the Liturgy of the Hours Provides an Effective Means for Teaching the Book of Psalms” by Kelly Anderson
  • “Combining Synchronic and Diachronic Methodology in Teaching the Pentateuch” by Michael Magee

Praise for the Print Edition

Nancy deClaissé-Walford, Rolf Jacobson, and Beth Tanner have given us all a considerable gift in this fresh reading of the book of Psalms. . . . Their new translation of the psalms and the attached notes as well as attention to recent scholIn Verbum Domini Pope Benedict XVI pleads with the scholarly world to let the living God emerge from the text of the Bible, and this collection of essays responds to that plea. Every seminary library needs this work.

James Keating, director of theological formation, Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University

Showing the convergence and complementarity of exegesis and theology, the contributors to this collection are all scholars and practitioners who address — and strike a helpful balance between — a wide range of theoretical issues and practical concerns. Highly recommended, especially for seminary professors.

Scott Hahn, author of Rome Sweet Home and Evangelizing Catholics

An extremely useful springboard for discussion. . . . The essays themselves form a kind of conversation on the calamitous divorce of theology from exegesis. The diversity of topics addressed shows how extensive the consequences of Pope Benedict's 2010 apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, ought to be.

—Gregory Tatum, O.P., Ecole biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem

Product Details

  • Title: Verbum Domini and the Complimentarity of Exegesis and Theology
  • Editor: Scott Carl
  • Series: Catholic Theological Formation Series (CTF)
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 192
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Collected Essays
  • Topic: Theology

About Fr. Scott Carl

Fr. Scott Carl is assistant professor of Sacred Scripture at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, where he is also director of the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies.

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