Letter & Spirit: Volume 4, 2008
Volume 4, 2008
Temple and Contemplation:
God's Presence in the Cosmos, Church, and Human Heart

This is the fourth annual volume of the remarkably popular journal of biblical theology edited by Scott Hahn and his St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. This volume features important new works by Hahn, Gary Anderson, John Cavadini, Brant Pitre, among others. Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Yves Congar and Jean Danielou, this volume includes original and thought-provoking contributions on such topics as: the Tabernacle and the origins of Christian mysticism; Jesus’ “self-consciousness” of being the new Temple and the new High Priest; and the doctrine of the “indwelling” of the Trinity in the soul; Hahn contributes a new perspective on the Gospel of John, showing how Israel’s Temple and feasts are fulfilled in Christ and the sacraments of the Church. As the editors write in their introduction to this volume: “The Temple theme is perhaps the richest in all of biblical theology, embracing the mysteries of Christ, Church, and Kingdom; liturgy, sacraments, and priesthood; salvation, sanctification, and divine filiation. These are the beautiful mysteries we contemplate in this volume of Letter & Spirit.”

Table of Contents




Towards a Theology of the Tabernacle and its Furniture
Gary A. Anderson

Jesus, the New Temple, and the New Priesthood
Brant Pitre

The Rejected Stone and the Living Stones:
Psalm 118:22–23 and New Testament Christology and Ecclesiology
Michael Giesler

Temple, Sign, and Sacrament: Towards a New Perspective on the Gospel of John
Scott W. Hahn

Temple, Holiness, and the Liturgy of Life in Corinthians
Raymond Corriveau, C.S.s.R.

The Indwelling of Divine Love:
The Revelation of God’s Abiding Presence in the Human Heart
Thomas Dubay, S. M.


Living Stones in the House of God:
The Temple and the Renewal of Church Architecture
Denis R. McNamara

“The Mystery of His Will”:
Contemplating the Divine Plan in Ephesians
William A. Bales

“You Are Gods, Sons of the Most High”:
Deification and Divine Filiation in St. Cyril of Alexandria and the Early Fathers
Daniel A. Keating

Scripture, Doctrine, and Proclamation:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Renewal of Homiletics
John C. Cavadini

Tradition & Traditions

The Sign of the Temple: A Meditation
Jean Cardinal Daniélou

Church, Kingdom, and the Eschatological Temple
Yves M.-J. Cardinal Congar


Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God:
Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative

Aidan Nichols, Lovely Like Jerusalem

Robert L. Wilken, Isaiah: Interpreted by Early Christian and Medieval Commentators

John T. Pennington, Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew

The Great Commentary of Cornelius a Lapide, 4 vols.

Matthew A. Levering, Participatory Exegesis

G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, eds., Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

For Contributors

At this time, Letter & Spirit does not accept unsolicited manuscripts.
All other editorial inquiries should be directed to:
Dr. William Bales
Managing Editor
[email protected]

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