Spiritual Interpretation and the Future of Scripture Translation

Speaker(s): David Jeffrey, Mary Healy, Matthew Levering
Date: Sept 16-17 2011
Length: 117 min
Product ID: RGDL4121F

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Spiritual Interpretation and the Future of Scripture Translation - David Jeffrey

Reflection on the KJV Bible translation this year has raised questions about its endurance in the face of literally dozens of contemporary options in English. Even a cursory review of these options reveals a general tendency to level out the spiritual sense of many key biblical terms, to prefer a material to spiritual signification to a degree that makes spiritual interpretation of the text more difficult if not altogether artificial. Might it be possible for Catholic and evangelical scholars to propose a new, common Bible in English in which the spiritually rich language of the KJV and Douai translations, as of their Hebrew, Greek and Latin - - exemplars are recaptured for lectio divina and worship?

New Testament Typology and New Testament Exegesis - Matthew Levering

Dr. Levering will examine St. Paul's use of typological exegesis and how we might use it today through consideration of Richard B. Hays's contributions to the interpretation of 1 Corinthians 9-10 as it helps us understand better the uses, limits, and rationale of typological exegesis, both in Scripture and today. The ecumenical and theological background to this essay is the fact that the practice of typological exegesis is one of the things that led Catholic and Orthodox Christians to believe in Mary's bodily Assumption, although this doctrine will not be discussed specifically.

Spiritual Interpretation in the Letter to the Hebrews - Mary Healy

The Letter to the Hebrews is unique in the New Testament in the theological depth and precision with which it describes the relation between the old and new covenants. This talk will explore how Hebrews interprets the Old Testament spiritually, both in its theoretical understanding and in its reading of specific texts. The talk will conclude by suggesting some implications for biblical interpretation in the Church today.
These papers are also available as part of the complete set of presentations from the conference, Heaven on Earth: The Future of Spiritual Interpretation.

See All Audio by David Jeffrey Mary Healy Matthew Levering

David Lyle Jeffrey received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1968. He has previously been Chair of two English Departments (University of Victoria and Ottawa). Jeffrey was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1996. In 2003 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and in 2004 gave the Andrew Lang Lecture at St Andrews University in Scotland. He is the author of more than ten books and numerous articles including: People of The Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996); (with D. Manganiello) Rethinking the Future of the University (1998); and The Poetry of William Cowper (2006). His principal scholarly interests include the Bible in/as Literature; Historical Hermeneutics; Literature and Christian Spirituality; Medieval Literature; Literary and Art Historical Relations; Intellectual and Religious Foundations of Literary Modernism.

Mary Healy Associate Professor of Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. She is the author of Men and Women Are from Eden: A Study Guide to John Paul II's Theology of the Body and co-editor of three books on biblical interpretation

Matthew Levering Professor of Theology, University of Dayton. Dr. Levering has authored a number of books including: Christ's Fulfillment of Torah and Temple, Scripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and Community , Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural Law, Ezra and Nehemiah, and Christ and the Catholic Priesthood.

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