“Dark Passages of the Bible” Book Giveaway!

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Thanks to The Catholic University of America Pess, today I’m giving away THREE copies of Dr. Matthew Ramage’s important new book, Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas. Earlier this week I interviewed Dr. Ramage about how Catholic should handle these difficult sections of Scripture and his answers were very illuminating.
 

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas

by Dr. Matthew Ramage

The Catholic University of America Press, 318 pages, paperback
Released on September 1, 2013

Dark Passages of the BibleMultiple gods? Divinely mandated genocide? Rejection of an afterlife? If the Scriptures are the inspired and inerrant word of God that Christians claim them to be, how can they contain these things?

For many believers in the modern age, traditional Christian answers to these challenges are no longer convincing. Though spiritually edifying, they are unable to account for the sheer scope and depth of problems raised through the advent of historical-critical scholarship. Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, in Dark Passages of the Bible Matthew Ramage weds the historical-critical approach with a theological reading of Scripture based in the patristic-medieval tradition. Whereas these two approaches are often viewed as mutually exclusive or even contradictory, Ramage insists that the two are mutually enriching and necessary for doing justice to the Bible’s most challenging texts.

Ramage applies Benedict XVI’s hermeneutical principles to three of the most theologically problematic areas of the Bible: its treatment of God’s nature, the nature of good and evil, and the afterlife. Teasing out key hermeneutical principles from the work of Thomas Aquinas, Ramage analyzes each of these themes with an eye to reconciling texts whose presence would seem to violate the doctrines of biblical inspiration and inerrancy. At the same time, Ramage directly addresses the problems of concrete biblical texts in light of both patristic and modern exegetical methods.

 


 

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  • Swell stuff

    I am intrigued by the passage about the angel who killed 185K Assyrians in one night.

    • Alastair J. Archibald

      The good and moral Lot handing over his young daughters to a mob of Sodomites so they wouldn’t molest his male guest. Likewise, the injunction during one of the God-assisted genocide raids (Amekelites, I think) that men, boys and sexually experienced women should all be slaughtered, but that they could keep girl virgins to deal with however they wished.
      Sick, sick, sick.

  • kyork04

    I never understood Jacob’s deception of Isaac in stealing the blessing from his brother Esau. This will be a very interesting book to read.

  • Tony Gallenstein

    orders to the israelites to kill entire people groups or all the inhabitants in a city

  • Marcus

    Looks like a great read!

  • Andy

    The dark passage most difficult for me is the slaughter of the Canaanites.