McKenzie offers practical ideas on how lay persons can read and study the Bible, discussing best translations and best ways to approach difficult texts. With an appreciation for continuities between Old and New Testaments, he presents patterns, such as God's self-revelation as love, which thread throughout the Bible. The author also reveals insights into the Personality of Christ, emphasizing that Jesus was truly a man as well as God, experiencing the full range of human emotion. Finally, the book engages the place of sex in the Bible, and current trends within contemporary Catholicism.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"There are few who can match (McKenzie's) honesty and grace."
The Christian Century
"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-WWII 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.