I was able this past weekend to attend a conference at the Monsignor Jerome D. Quinn Institute of Biblical Studies at the St. Paul Seminary, School of Divinity, where I also spend a part of my working week. The conference, The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church: The Catholic Seminary Professor of Sacred Scripture and the Classroom, focused to a large degree on understanding and integrating the Pope’s recent document Verbum Domini in the interpretation of Scripture and applying its ideas to classroom teaching, particularly in seminaries, and the actual practice of biblical studies. Although centered on the teaching and interpretation of the Bible in seminaries, these papers will be valuable for teachers of the Bible at the undergraduate and high-school levels also and for anyone interested in the study of the Bible in general.
The papers were uniformly excellent and penetrating, at both an academic and spiritual level, which was much the point of the conference. Papers were offered by Catholic biblical scholars such as Fr. James Swetnam, S.J., Peter Williamson, Mary Healy, Brant Pitre, Scott Hahn, Fr. Stephen Ryan, O.P, Fr. Andreas Hoeck, and many others. I wish I could share aspects of these papers with you now, but they are still working copies. The final copies will, however, be posted at the Quinn Institute website, and I will alert you to when that takes place. I think you will enjoy these papers and the fruit of many good minds reflecting on Verbum Domini .
John W. Martens
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