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“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.

  • Gus Kroll

    The genocide stuff in Joshua is easily that (ostensibly) gets God’s approval is the nastiest part. Women not having a leadership role in the church in 1st Tim in the NT also makes my stomach churn.

  • kathy jean conti

    Honestly…..I never knew there are “Dark Passages” in the Holy Bible. Now I’m totally confused. 🙁 Kindly forgive me, Dear God, for my brain is just a little pea brain compared to yours. I was once told by a dear friend that if I tilt my head too much, my little pea brain will slide right out of my ear. 🙁

  • Bernie Schum

    Looks interesting

  • DianeVa

    Would love o add this to my library!

  • 3summerfun

    This may offer a method of understanding what some see as contradictions in the Bible.

  • Gentillylace

    God’s killing of the Egyptian first-born children (and animals) I find particularly difficult, as well as the divinely mandated genocide of non-Israelite peoples in general.

  • Scott Peterson

    Difficult passages…the nature of God is always challenging (and rewarding), so passages dealing with that are among the most difficult for me to properly understand. The nature of Israel’s pre-exilic religion is also a big area of challenge, particularly in light of Margaret Barker’s writings, though I’m only familiar with those on a superficial level.

  • Guest

    Difficult passages…the nature of God is always challenging (and rewardgin), so that’s probably the one for me. The Israel’s pre-exilic religion is also a big one, particularly in light of Margaret Barker’s writings, tho I’m only familiar with those on a superficial level.

  • Jim

    Always need to deepen our understanding.

  • Karen

    Never thought about dark passages in the bible much. Probably the killing. This would be an interesting book.

  • Greg Cook

    Looks pretty deep…but I’m willing to give it a try.

  • Bautista Almonte

    excellent resource

  • Susan Kaleta

    The ban, killing everyone including children.

  • Catherine

    I’m not really sure…love the Bible, love St. Thomas, and LOVEEEEEEEEEEE BXVI!

  • David Bates

    Polygamy passing into common practice, particularly among the kings.

  • Ben

    I have difficulty with the issues of slaves seemingly being ok…

  • TJPW

    Hmm, Probably just the general stuff from the OT where is Hebrews kill other tribes on God’s command.

  • Cam

    There is s typo. It is @CUAPress (Catholic University of America)

  • Divinely mandated genocide. Just had a conversation about that yesterday actually.

  • Warren J Borg Ebejer

    The sacrifice of Isaac is one the dark passages that I find most difficult to understand.

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