Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Letter & Spirit, Vol. 8: Promise and Fulfillment: The Relationship Between the Old and the New Testaments

Now available:
Promise and Fulfillment: The Relationship Between the Old and the New Testaments is the eight volume in the acclaimed series from Scott Hahn's St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Letter & Spirit, the most widely read journal of Catholic Biblical Theology in English, seeks to foster a deeper conversation about the Bible. The series 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.

This volume features an all–star lineup tackling one of the oldest questions in Christian biblical scholarship — the relationship between the Old and New Testaments. Highlights include Hahn's essay on the meaning of covenant in Hebrews 9 and Brant Pitre's reading of the parable of the Royal Wedding Feast (Matt 22:1–14) against the backdrop of Jewish Scripture and tradition.

From the Editors' introduction: 

On the day of his resurrection, Jesus' exposition to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:25 27, 32) and shortly afterwards to his eleven apostles and other disciples (Luke 24:44 47) included "all the scriptures" "beginning with Moses and all the prophets." An idea implicit and underlying Jesus' expositions in these two episodes is that a unity of purpose exists throughout the many diverse sacred books of the Old Testament. Jesus discerned there a story line, an orderly plan—a Divine economy—unfolding throughout history and expressed in the inspired record that would culminate in his own saving work. The idea of Typology is implicit and flows from this unified story—this Divine economy—that we find in the Bible. The scriptures encompass a single story, but it is composed of two parts: the Old Testament and the New…The other New Testament writers follow his example in applying "all the scriptures" to the doctrine of the church and Christian moral, ascetical, and sacramental life. It is not merely, or even primarily, a correspondence of prediction and fulfillment. It is, rather, a pattern of analogy. What began in the Old Testament is fulfilled partially even within the Old Testament, but definitively in the New, in a way that is both restorative and transformative…This issue of Letter & Spirit seeks to explain and demonstrate the propriety and necessity of interpreting the Bible using the hermeneutics of the divine economy and typology.


From Old to New: “Covenant” or “Testament” in Hebrews 9?

Scott W. Hahn
Matthew as Exegete:
The Unity and Function of the Formula Citations in Matthew 1:1-4:16
Jeremy Holmes
New Approaches to Marian Typology in Luke 1:
Mary as Daughter Zion and Queen Mother
Edward Sri
Qumran and the Concept of Pan-Israelite Restoration
John S. Bergsma
Divine Pedagogy and Covenant Memorial:
The Catechetical Narratio and the New Evangelization
Sean Innerst
Historical Criticism as Secular Allegorism: The Case of Spinoza
Jeffrey L. Morrow

Purchasing the Rewards of Eternal Life:
The Logic of Resurrection and Ransom in Matthew’s Gospel
Nathan Eubank


Stuart Dunn said...

My copy is on the way, and I like the names in this edition. :)

CJA Mayo said...

I got one from Amazon. It reminds me I need to update all my journal subscription dispatch addresses after moving -- I didn't wonder why I hadn't been receiving them, likely because I have a backlog of about 20 different journals to work through.

I'll post a comment here or e-mail to Mr McCormick with a review of an article, if it is desired -- I find the most interesting (in the sense that "I have the most to say about this") in the articles by Morrow, Sri, and especially Barber.

I'm not too sure the level of scholarship in this issue is up to the standard in, say, issue vi, "The Church Fathers and the Bible" (which, IMHO, was the high point of the series so far). That is to say, the argumentation is a bit looser and sloppier, with more challengeable or doubtful assumptions in the (usually unstated) premisses.

Or maybe I've become a bit better at detecting presupposed but unproved axioms in such interpretation after attempting to tear apart some of the articles in "The Canon Debate" for a thesis. Or maybe it's from trying to stretch my mind around the articles in "The Journal of Philosophy", which is still largely above my head.

Timothy said...

Send along a review when you are ready. Would love to post it.