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Love for the Bible is at the heart of Hispanic Catholicism. This basic introduction teaches lay ministers and other interested Catholics how to interpret the Bible as the Church does and to appreciate the role of the Holy Spirit who animates the Word in our everyday lives. Rev. Rafael M. Ramirez-a scripture scholar at the University of Dallas and popular speaker throughout the United States-shows how the loving self-communication of God in scripture can be interpreted and applied to our lives in powerful ways.
La Biblia: Introduccion a la Sagrada Escritura offers Hispanic Catholics a foundation for understanding the Bible and praying with it in harmony with the traditions of the Church. By approaching the Bible as loving communication-as encouraged in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in recent statements by Popes Benedict XVI and Francis-the book’s three-part structure helps us understand how the Word of God has passed through three great stages in salvation history:
*the Revealed Word-God reveals himself in words and deeds
*the Inspired Word-the Bible is the Word of God because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit
*the Interpreted Word-the Church interprets the Word
In La Biblia, you will learn the difference between a Catholic approach and a literalist or fundamentalist approach to reading and understanding the Bible. You will come away with the realization that the scriptures have been shared and interpreted by the Church since the beginning, helping us to understand our faith as we strive to live it today. This concise book will help you appreciate that scripture is, and always has been, present in the Church and that the Bible belongs to the whole Church. It is a living reality that resonates with ordinary people today as it did twenty centuries ago.
This book is only available in Spanish.