Letter & Spirit: Volume 2, 2006

Letter & Spirit, vol. 2 (2006)
The Authority of Mystery:
The Word of God and the People of God


The authority of mystery is a phrase used by Pope Benedict XVI to describe the power of the divine liturgy. For us, it is also a good way to understand the broader relationship between the Word of God and the people of God, the Church. The Church is born under the authority of mystery. It bears witness to the mystery of the incarnation, the mystery of the Word of God made flesh. This Word, Jesus Christ, discloses the face of the Father and the mystery of his will, the plan of the mystery hidden for all ages.

The mystery of God is his loving plan of salvation—to share his life with his people by means of a new covenant, making them divine sons and daughters in his Church, the kingdom of God. This mystery forms the content of the canon of sacred Scripture. The Bible narrates the slow unfolding of the mystery in history, culminating in the paschal mystery—the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. This mystery is remembered and celebrated through scriptural words and signs in the Church’s liturgy. And this mystery is the source and purpose of the sacred mysteries...[READ MORE]


Vatican II on the Interpretation of Sacred Scripture
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S. J.

Inspiration and Incarnation:
The Christological Analogy and the Hermeneutics of Faith
Mary Healy

The Use of Scripture in the Catechism of the Catholic Church
John C. Cavadini

Theologia Prima: The Liturgical Mystery and the Mystery of God
David Fagerberg

The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus
Brant Pitre

The Authority of Mystery:
The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
Scott W. Hahn


“The Lord Will Accomplish His Word”:
Paul’s Argumentation and Use of Scripture in Romans 9:24–29

Father Pablo T. Gadenz

A Liturgical Approach to Hebrews 13
James Swetnam, S. J.

Tradition & Traditions:

The Ladder from Earth to Heaven
Guigo II
(In a new translation by Jeremy Holmes)

The Word, Scripture, and Tradition
Hans Urs von Balthasar

The Sacraments and the History of Salvation
Jean Cardinal Daniélou, S. J.

The Kingdom of God and the Heavenly-Earthly Church
Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, O. P.

Reviews & Notices:

  • Carol M. Kaminski, From Noah to Israel: Realization of the Primaeval Blessing after the Flood (London: T & T Clark, 2004)
  • Alice M. Sinnott, The Personification of Wisdom, Society for Old Testament Study Monographs (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2005).
  • Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Jesus’ Death in Early Christian Memory: The Poetics of the Passion, Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus 53 (Fribourg: Academic Press, 2004).
  • Jacob Neusner, How Important Was the Destruction of the Second Temple in the Formation of Rabbinic Judaism? (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2006)
  • Emmanuel Kaniyamparampil, The Spirit of Life: A Study of the Holy Spirit in the Early Syriac Tradition (Kerala, India: Oriental Institute of Religious Studies, 2003)
  • John J. O’Keefe and R. R. Reno, Sanctified Vision: An Introduction to Early Christian Interpretation of the Bible (Baltimore: John Hopkins University, 2005)
  • Kevin J. Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology(Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2005)
  • Kevin J. Vanhoozer, gen. ed., Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Grand Rapids,MI: Baker, 2005)

For Contributors

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Dr. William Bales
Managing Editor
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