In many of his books, John L. McKenzie has confined himself to the exposition of one theme. Here is a chance to encounter his thinking on a wide variety of biblical topics--a first-rate sampling of McKenzie at large. Besides the title chapter, he focuses on (among others) such intriguing subjects as "The Real Jesus," "The Real Mary," "The State in Christian Perspective," "War and Peace in the New Testament," "Myths in the Bible," "The Book of Revelation"--and concludes with "The Bible: A Progress Report." The Bible does not so much give answers as lead to answers. It puts the right questions directly in a form which does not permit evasion. It confronts us with challenges to action which are urgent. McKenzie does well to dig out and squarely state the hard questions which the Bible presents to the modern world.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"McKenzie sees himself as part of a minority of Roman Catholic scholars who have called for a critical appraisal of Catholic tradition by looking at the scriptural foundation of the faith. He has no illusion that he will create miracles, but he does know that speaking out is needed, and speak out he does in a humble and original way. There are few who can match his honesty and grace."
-- The Christian Century (1981)
"It is cause for rejoicing that the scriptural reflections of John L. McKenzie are once more available. We are the richer for his erudition and saving sense of humor."
Daniel Berrigan, 2008
John L. McKenzie
Father John L. McKenzie (1910-1991), an Old Testament biblical scholar who taught at Loyola University of Chicago, University of Chicago, Notre Dame and DePaul University, is considered one of the most influential post-WW2 scholars who oriented Catholic thinkers toward modern biblical scholarship. Beyond being a prolific writer of books and articles, he was the first Catholic president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and served as president for the Catholic Biblical Association and for Clergy and Laity Concerned.