Letter and Spirit, vol. 2: The Authority of Mystery: The Word of God and the People of God

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, 2006


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. 2: The Authority of Mystery: The Word of God and the People of God 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

  • Explores the power and meaning of the divine liturgy
  • Focuses on the relationship between the word of God and the people of God
  • Illustrates the connection between how the Bible is read and how Jesus’ identity is understood


  • Articles
    • “Vatican II on the Interpretation of Scripture,” by Avery Cardinal Dulles
    • “Inspiration and Incarnation: The Christological Analogy and the Hermeneutics of Faith,” by Mary Healy
    • “The Use of Scripture in the Catechism of the Catholic Church,” by John C. Cavadini
    • “Theologia Prima: The Liturgical Mystery and the Mystery of God,” by David W. Fagerberg
    • “The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus,” by Brant Pitre
    • “The Authority of Mystery: The Biblical Theology of Benedict XVI,” by Scott W. Hahn
  • Notes
    • “’The Lord Will Accomplish His Word’: Paul’s Argumentation and Use of Scripture in Romans 9:24–29,” by Pablo T. Gadenz
    • “A Liturgical Approach to Hebrews 13,” by James Swetnam
  • Tradition and Traditions
    • “The Ladder from Earth to Heaven,” by Guigo II
    • “The Word, Scripture, and Tradition,” by Hans Urs von Balthasar
    • “The Sacraments and the History of Salvation,” by Jean Cardinal Daniélou
    • “The Kingdom of God and the Heavenly-Earthly Church,” by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn
  • Reviews and Notices

Product Details

  • Title: Letter and Spirit, vol. 2: The Authority of Mystery: The Word of God and the People of God
  • Editor: Scott W. Hahn
  • Publisher: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 248

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.