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They all experienced the second Vatican Council at some point in their career. The book aptly demonstrates the various ways in which the Council has affected their Priestly ministry.
The vignettes presented in the book show that the missions and commitments of these 30 Priests are as diverse as the people they love and serve. They belong to a variety of Religious and Priestly Orders. Their Priestly activites involve parishes, universities, foreign countries, national and local church councils, publishing houses, seminaries, catholic newspapers, armed services, labor, and elementary and high schools. They are called in their witness to Christ as writers, teachers, authors, missionaries, professors, leaders, parish and diocesan ministries, pastors, administrators, editors, canon lawyers, columnists, labor mediators, chaplains, campus ministers, spiritual directors, lecturers and Bishops.
What struck me the most was the common agreement among them of their love for Jesus, the Eucharist, the Pope and the People of God. It is especially for the people, the laity-you and me, that they remain.
There are some surprising answers in this book. Don't miss the opportunity to read it! It presents an excellent overall view of the Priestly life and challenges. As a lay person, this book really opened my eyes to the dedication of our Priests. It may even be a book you will want to read more than once.
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Boadt is Catholic? I only know that from the reviews, and it is a testimony to his scholarship and objective approach to theology that you will not notice his Catholicism from reading this work. He is not a liberal either, I would best describe him as neo-evangelical in that he is not an inerrantist but neither is he a secular scholar. His love and respect for the Bible shows in his treatment of it. Although he is not afraid to utilize critical techniques to deal with issues of date, authorship and meaning of the Bible, he is not a text-critic by profession and so avoids that fields' tendency to dismember the Bible from over strenuous application of their pecular model.
I believe the best part of the books are his explanation of Jonah as in the genre of "Hebrew comedy" and his introduction to and application of source crit (JEPD) to the Torah. I never understood how overwhelming is the case for JEPD nor did I understand why the theory is so compelling until I read Boadt. He has converted me to an understanding of source criticism and has greatly matured and formed my theology.
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Weaknesses: The New American translation is fairly good and it is the official english translation for Latin Rite Roman Catholics in the United States (Eastern Catholics use the Revised Standard Version). But it is at times excessive in its use of inclusive language and is not as literary as the Revised Standard Version. The notes are for the most part good, but tend to rely too much on modern historical criticism with not enough attention to how the Tradition has interpreted passages of scripture. I would recommend that Catholics get the New Jerusalem Bible to use with this study Bible. The notes in the New Jerusalem Bible are more thorough and more explicitly Catholic. The New Oxford Annotated Bible is also recommended (the 1977 Revised Standard Version, not the NRSV). This edition includes the entire Canon of Scripture as accepted by the eastern Churches as well as the Western Canon. The Revised Standard Version is a literal and elegant translation that has not been infected with the "political correctness" of inclusive language. The notes to the Oxford Annotated Bible are fairly good, but relect a liberal protestant bias. However, read with the Catholic Study Bible and the New Jerusalem Bible, the three make for a nice group of texts to use for bible study. Catholics should also consider the Christian Community bible commissioned by the bishops of the Phillipines. This Bible has excellent notes which combine current scholarship, devotional exegesis, and a third world concern for social justice into one package.
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I found this book interesting from an academic point of view but disappointing from a spirit study guide. While the text in poetry format gives a new perspective on Job, it doesn't give study guidance to the Biblical text. I also found their interpretation of Job traditionally "safe".
All in all, Job with explanation but no interpretation.
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Part One: The World and Its Beginning (Chapters 1-11) Part Two: Abraham - Chosen by God (Chapters 12-25) Part Three: Isaac and Jacob (Chapters 24-36) Part Four: Joseph and His Brothers (Chapters 37-50)
Next he explains each section briefly, so you will understand how the parts fit together as a whole and why it is the first book of the Bible. Finally, he takes you through 12 "Themes and Images" in Genesis (Apple, Eden, Serpent, Flood etc.) and 16 major characters of Genesis (Adam, Eve, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, etc.). The uniqueness of this book is how Boadt references the literary tradition found in each theme and each major character. For example, he notes that Noah's figure appears in Chaucer's 'Miller's Tale', in Hardy's 'Far from the Madding Crowd', in Melville's 'The Confidence Man', and again in Twain's 'The Mysterious Stranger', etc. etc. Those that are literature buffs and/or speakers will find this ruminating and insightful. This alone is worth the purchase of the book.
For many who believe the Bible must be read literally, Lawrence Boadt will be difficult to read. Boadt sees the narratives in Genesis 1-11 as "Myths." He goes on to explain that myths are "a story using traditional motifs and themes". Boadt sees the creation passage, the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Noah etc. as myths that the Hebrews used to offer a theological explanation of events and our relation to God. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings' is a book that can enhance traditional commentaries on Genesis, especially with Boadt's literary contributions to themes and characters which bring contemporary relevancy to otherwise historic text. Recommended
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