Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fallible Personal Roman Catholic Guide to Reading Scripture

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"Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asks.


St. Philip and the Ethiopian


The Queen's Eunuch replies, "How could I, unless someone guides me?"

Unlike those who believe they can interpret Scripture infallibly on their own, the Ethiopian Eunuch understood the need for guidance.  


Martin Luther

False interpretations may simply confuse, but they can too easily become a source of terrible harm when twisted to suit preconceived notions.

Our Faith teaches that the Church is entrusted with the transmission and interpretation of Revelation. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church does not derive her certainty about revealed truths from the Bible alone.

Instead both Scripture and Tradition are needed and both must be accepted and equally revered.

But here we encounter a practical problem: the Church has defined the interpretation of only seven passages from the Bible.

Like the Ethiopian Eunuch reading Isaiah, Christians need a guide.

In How to Read the Bible, Abbé Poelman is your St. Philip, deepening your understanding of Scripture.  

Writing entirely under the guidance of the Church's authority, he simply and elegantly unlocks the Bible for you.

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Beginning not with Genesis but with the Gospels, he shows how Christ is the key to the whole of Scripture, the summit of the mountain to which all roads lead, and how all the books of the Bible make most sense when read with this truth in mind.

Only after introducing you to Christ through the Gospels does Abbé Poelman turn to Genesis and to the creation of the world, to the Patriarchs and the story of the Covenant.  


St. Paul writing


Each concise chapter in How to Read the Bible uses carefully selected passages to bring the Word of God so clearly into focus that by the time we arrive back to the New Testament, we see how Christ truly is the center and goal of human history.

You will understand, perhaps even for the first time, how God's Word was meant to be understood.


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5 comments:

EA said...

"Unlike those who believe they can interpret Scripture infallibly on their own, the Ethiopian Eunuch understood the need for guidance."

A correct interpretation is not sufficient, you need an infallible interpretation. And since you can't provide an infallible interpretation on your own and the Church has not seen fit to provide one, we now bring you...

"Writing entirely under the guidance of the Church's authority, he simply and elegantly unlocks the Bible for you."

And how do we know that Abbé Poelman is writing under the guidance of the Church's authority? Because the good folks at Sophia Institute Press say so! That's right. You now have the assurance of a publishing company that the author of a book that they are selling you is providing you with the guidance that you need.

And don't forget...

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Turretinfan said...

He knew the need for Luther, LOL!

But more seriously - who thinks Philip was an infallible magisterium?

Steve "scotju" Dalton said...

Thank you for telling s about this book. I'm going to get a copy!

James Swan said...

Steve,

You can always do what I do and sign up for e-mail alerts on new products from Sophia Press. That way, you'd skip the middle man.

EBW said...

My search is over. That Bible given to me in RCIA can be understood without any private judgment. Many thanks!