Written in an engaging and entertaining manner, this
new book from leading Catholic biblical scholar Henry Wansbrough charts the use
and abuse of scripture throughout the ages. It ranges from the
evangelists' engagement with the Hebrew Scriptures to the use of the Bible in present
day politics - perhaps most pertinently in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Wansbrough takes as his starting point Frances Young's The Art of Performance.
This enables him to creatively display how 'The Bible' is 'performed'
differently in different ages.
Wansbrough demonstrates the variety of these performances and their different emphases in the history of Christianity to glimpse the different ways in which great figures within the Christian tradition have used and abused the Bible. Indirectly, therefore, it attacks the ever-present danger of fundamentalism, and single-minded interpretation of the Bible. Viewing the interpretation of the Bible against the background of various historical periods gives a valuable insight into the long and rich history of the Church. A final chapter provides a ‘worked example’ of Lecto Divina providing a window into the author’s personal life of praying the Bible.
General Introduction: How the Bible Came to Us
2. The Second Century: Melito and Irenaeus
3. The Third Century: Origen
4. The Fourth Century: Jerome
5. The Dark Ages: Bede and the Bible
6. The Bible and the Crusades
7. Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas
8. Martin Luther
9. The Bible in Early Seventeenth Century