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Letter and Spirit, vol. 1: Reading Salvation: Word, Worship, and the Mysteries

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Letter and Spirit is a journal of Catholic biblical theology that seeks to foster a deeper conversation on Sacred Scripture. It aims to address many questions surrounding the Bible, including

  • What is it?
  • Where does it come from?
  • How should you read it?
  • What claim should it make in your life, on the teaching and practice of the Church, or the world you live in?

Letter and Spirit, vol. 1: Reading Salvation: Word, Worship, and the Mysteries combines the historical and literary contexts of Scripture with its contemporary ecclesial and liturgical significance. It includes numerous articles, and notes relating to Bible study and interpretation, as well as book reviews. Whether you’re a student, pastor, or priest, you will appreciate the insights this journal provides on the various topics surrounding Scripture.

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Key Features

  • Addresses central questions surrounding the Bible from a Catholic perspective
  • Explains the benefits of liturgical worship
  • Explores the enormity of what the Church claims about Scripture


  • Articles
    • “Allegory and the Interpretation of the Old Testament in the Twenty-First Century,” by Robert Louis Wilken
    • “The Sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis and Hebrews: A Study in the Hermeneutic of Faith,” by James Swetnam
    • “The ‘Ransom for Many,’ the New Exodus, and the End of the Exile: Redemption as the Restoration of All Israel (Mark 10:35–45),” by Brant Pitre
    • “Memorial and Typology in Jewish and Christian Liturgy,” by Sofia Cavalletti
    • “The Word of God in the Liturgy of the New Covenant,” by Jeremy Driscoll
    • “Worship in the Word: Toward a Liturgical Hermeneutic,” by Scott W. Hahn
  • Notes
    • “Rediscovering St. Thomas Aquinas As Biblical Theologian,” by Christopher T. Baglow
    • “The Spiritual Sense in De Lubac’s Hermeneutics of Tradition,” by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
  • Tradition and Traditions
    • “To the New Student of Sacred Scripture,” by Hugh of St. Victor
    • “The Sacrament of Sacred Scripture,” by F. X. Durrwell
    • “Vatican II and the Truth of Sacred Scripture,” by Augustin Cardinal Bea
  • Reviews and Notices

Top Highlights

“Allegory is the Church’s love affair with the Bible.” (Page 11)

“When proclaimed in the Church’s liturgy, Scripture is intended to ‘actualize’ what is proclaimed—to bring the believer into living contact with the mirabilia Dei, the mighty saving works of God in the Old and New Testament.” (Pages 133–134)

“In spite of its many accomplishments, a strictly historical approach to the Bible is incapable of receiving the Bible as Bible.” (Page 20)

“Paul says that the things that took place in ancient times and recorded in the Old Testament were ‘written for our instruction.’ What a text says about past events and persons is an integral part of what they mean, but the interpretation is never exhausted by the original meaning. These things happened ‘for us.’ The text belongs to a world that is not defined solely by its historical referent.” (Pages 12–13)

“Scripture from the start has always been proclaimed and interpreted in order to anticipate a liturgical act—baptism or the Eucharist, for instance—by which the hearer of the Word is granted entry into the salvation promised in the Scripture. There would be no Bible without the liturgy and there could be no liturgy without the Bible.” (Page 7)

Product Details

  • Title: Letter and Spirit, Volume 1: Reading Salvation: Word, Worship, and the Mysteries
  • Editor: Scott W. Hahn
  • Publisher: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 183

About Scott W. Hahn

Scott W. Hahn is the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Additionally, he has served as the professor of theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1990. Hahn is a popular speaker who has delivered hundreds of talks on Scripture and the Catholic faith, and he is bestselling author of several books.


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