Rome And The Bible
The Bible, Word of God in Words of Men (La Bible, Parole Humaine et Message de Dieu), by Jean Levie, S. J. (Kenedy, 1962, 323 pp., $7.50), is reviewed by Leslie R. Keylock, Special Instructor in French, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.
Evangelicals and Roman Catholics alike have been accused of paying little attention to the phenomena of Scripture, i.e., the effect of the human element on divine inspiration. This book, hailed by the Roman Catholic press as the most important work on the doctrine of biblical inspiration to have been published in the last decade, should do much to remedy the lacuna from the Roman perspective. Already the book has caused a stir in scholarly Catholic journals in America, and it has been suggested as the best book for background study on the problem of inspiration in preparation for the Second Vatican Council. The Jesuit Theological College in Louvain, Belgium, has long been one of the centers of that most fascinating of French religious movements, the “Biblical Revival,” and its professor of Holy Scripture has here given us a probing historical and doctrinal study of Catholic thought on this most important of biblical themes. Especially valuable are the excellent bibliographies which occur throughout the book.
The first two hundred pages of the work are devoted to a historical survey of one century of Catholic exegetical research, including a study of the influence of archaeological discoveries on the dogma of the Church, the influence of liberal Protestant biblical criticism on Roman Catholic thought, the vigorous controversies which raged within the Church as a result of modernism, the growth and development of a strong biblical movement under the dominating influence of ...1
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