As Jesus himself demonstrated to the two disciples on the Emmaus Road,
to interpret the Scriptures aright one must maintain their internal
unity, a unity where Christ himself is the nexus of all Old Testament
In Letter & Spirit, Vol. 11
, this standard for
interpretation is examined in light of the theology of St. Paul’s
writings. This issue explores the reception history of St. Paul in the
Church in ways that demonstrate and illumine Paul’s hermeneutic of
Biblical unity and coherence, a hermeneutic that has led to the Church’s
understanding that the New Testament fulfills, completes, and
transcends the Old.
Articles in “Our Beloved Brother Paul” include “Partakers of
Adoption: Irenaeus and His Use of Paul” by Ben C. Blackwell, “Origen,
Augustine, and ‘Works of Law’” by Benjamin P. Blosser, “Cyril of
Alexandria’s Reception of the Apostle Paul” by Daniel Keating,
“Aquinas’s Reception of Paul: Reading the Testaments Together” by
Matthew Levering, “Aquinas’s Reading of Romans: The Multiple Literal
Sense and Contemporary Perspectives on Paul” by Scott W. Hahn and John
A. Kincaid, “The Reception of Paul in the New Lectionary” by Brant
Pitre, and more.
The Letter & Spirit
series seeks to foster a deeper conversation about
the Bible. This new journal of biblical theology, published in
collaboration with Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
, takes a crucial step toward recovering the fundamental link
between the literary and historical study of Scripture and its religious
and spiritual meaning in the Church’s liturgy and Tradition.
Published annually, the Letter & Spirit
journal is essential reading for clergy, students, and laity.