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The Use and Abuse of the Bible A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation by Henry Wansbrough

The Use and Abuse of the Bible A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation


The Use and Abuse of the Bible A Brief History of Biblical Interpretation by Henry Wansbrough

Written in an engaging and entertaining manner, this new book from leading Catholic biblical scholar Henry Wansbrough charts the use and abuse of scripture throughout the ages. It ranges from the evangelists' engagement with the Hebrew Scriptures to the use of the Bible in present day politics - perhaps most pertinently in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Wansbrough takes as his starting point Frances Young's The Art of Performance . This enables him to creatively display how 'The Bible' is 'performed' differently in different ages. Wansbrough demonstrates the variety of these performances and their different emphases in the history of Christianity to glimpse the different ways in which great figures within the Christian tradition have used and abused the Bible. Indirectly, therefore, it attacks the ever-present danger of fundamentalism, and single-minded interpretation of the Bible. Viewing the interpretation of the Bible against the background of various historical periods gives a valuable insight into the long and rich history of the Church. A final chapter provides a 'worked example' of Lecto Divina providing a window into the author's personal life of praying the Bible.


'Henry Wansbrough is part of a generation of Catholic Bible scholars who have made it possible to say that the Catholic Church offers a valuable and distinctive contribution to the continuing work of scholarship and biblical formation. Fr Henry has been a magnificent maitre d'hotel introducing new generations to the great feast of Scripture. We are all deeply indebted to him' - H.E. Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster * Wansbrough is a well-known Catholic commentator on the bible and is the translator and editor of one of the most popular modern English versions of the Bible - The New Jerusalem Bible.'

About the Author

Henry Wansbrough OSB is a Benedictine Monk of Ampleforth, former Chairman of the Oxford University Theology Faculty and former Master of St Benet's Hall. He is a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and Executive Secretary of ICPEL (The International Commission for Producing an English-language Lectionary). He lectures frequently across the globe including being Guest Lecturer in Scripture at Harare University, Zimbabwe.

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Publication date

1st February 2010


Henry Wansbrough

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


224 pages


Biblical studies & exegesis



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