"The key to understanding the Gospels," says Father McKenzie, "is to read them carefully and inquisitively, then reread them, and reread them..." Perhaps never before has there been such a need for a mature Christian faith, based solidly on the scriptures, that will stand against the secularity of the times. And perhaps never before has the work of scripture scholars been so helpful in giving the ordinary reader an understanding of the scriptures that is pertinent to his or her life. McKenzie, without being polemical or technical, provides a brief and readable guide to the Gospels that will deepen and enrich Christian faith.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"An excellent guide for reading the gospels....McKenzie's careful scholarship is matched by his pastoral sensitivity." - John Shea
"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
"Father John McKenzie led American Roman Catholic scholarship into the mainstream of critical biblical scholarship. In sum, he incorporated, in terms of biblical scholarship, the best of the Second Vatican Council." - Jim Robinson, 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.