Moving from Genesis through the Hebrew prophets, McKenzie has produced a moving picture of Hebrew religion produced by divine revelation. Throughout the work he confronts biblical ideas with modern thought and modern thought with biblical ideas. Themes include the Hebrew view of history, the backdrop of ancient Near Eastern religions and literary forms, and the unique role of Israel as a society governed immediately by the will of God. In short, McKenzie offers an engaging interpretation of the Old Testament which will challenge scholars and delightfully instruct the general reader.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"These collectecd articles...are creative as well as scholarly, and have long served as basic references for Old Testament study....A series of penetrating articles that deserve full praise and use."
Rev. Roland Murphy, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"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-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.