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Fr. Bevil Bramwell’s Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini Will Make “Catholics Read the Scriptures”

The book is a graduate-level analysis of the Catholic use of Scripture in prayer, liturgy, and theology, as it is found in the Pope Emeritus’ exhortation “Verbum Domini.”

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“Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini”
“Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini”

This book is a clarion call to Catholics to spread the Word of God and emphasize the role of Scripture in Eucharistic life and the mission of the Church.

Even before Pope Francis in 2020 established the third Sunday of Ordinary Time as “Sunday of the Word of God” and released the apostolic letter on sacred Scripture (Scripturae Sacrae Affectus, “Devotion to Sacred Scripture”), Benedict XVI, in 2010, issued the apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”), in which he strongly encouraged Christians to read and reflect on the Bible.The document came from his write up on the Synod on the Word of God. (2008)

There is a growing Catholic reverence for Scripture and Catholics, especially converts to the Church, have spoken about how Catholics should live out the Bible. And given that Verbum Domini is a milestone document on the various developments in the Catholic teaching on Sacred Scripture, it pays to explain what this document means to the laity and how they should approach it. Fr. Bevil Bramwell counts it as his apostolate to explain the Verbum Domini in simple language through his humble work “Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini” (2014).

The title “Catholics read the Scriptures” alone somewhat affirms the claims of the Church for the Scriptures and its mission to evangelize and edify the faithful to apply the Scriptures as the Church intends. This textbook on Catholic theology gives a framework for appreciating the Scriptures, for interpreting them as well as showing the use of Scripture in many pastoral situations. Benedict XVI and the Synod that led up to it, suggests many applications for the Scriptures in personal spiritual growth. It also details the history of attempts to remove the Scriptures from their ecclesial context.

“Catholics read the Scriptures” has received positive reviews and praise from readers. Dr. Matthew Levering, a Professor of Theology at Saint Mary of the Lake University, said: “For parish groups, pastors and scholars, Father Bramwell’s lucid commentary should reawaken many to Verbum Domini.” Dr. Stephen Miletic, Professor of Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, added: “The book presents a reliable, balanced, theologically insightful, technically pristine and very readable guide through a very deep text by Benedict XVI.”

“Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini” by Fr. Bevil Bramwell will educate the discerning Catholics on how to approach and interpret Scripture in the light and mission of the Church and apply Gospel principles in their lives.

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Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini
Author | Bevil Bramwell, OMI
Published date | March 5, 2014
Publisher | Kindle Direct Publishing
Book retail price | $15.00

Author Bio

Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI comes from South Africa. He did his doctorate at Boston College and has five books to his credit: “Laity: Beautiful, Good and True - Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of the Laity;” “The World of the Sacraments - The Catholic Theology of the Sacraments;” “Catholics read the Scriptures: Commentary on Benedict XVI’s Verbum Domini;” “John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae - The Gift of Catholic Universities to the World;” and “The Catholic Priesthood - A 360 Degree View.” He teaches Systematic Theology at Catholic Distance University.

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