Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology

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These essays offer a sustained reflection on how Catholic theological formation is necessarily grounded in scriptural exegesis.

Editor(s): Scott Carl
Published: August 9, 2021

Where to Purchase

CUA Press (print and e-book)


In Verbum Domini, his 2010 apostolic exhortation, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the church to keep theology firmly rooted in the study of Scripture. The essays collected here respond thoughtfully and concretely to that charge, together demonstrating that exegesis is essential to the theological task and to faith for scholars, students, and the broader Church.


Kelly Anderson
Scott Carl
Denis Farkasfalvy, OCist
Pablo Gadenz
Mary Healy
Michael Magee
Francis Martin
Brant Pitre
Stephen Ryan, OP
James Swetnam, SJ
Christian D. Washburn
Peter S. Williamson


List Price: $34.95
Number of Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-953936-01-1 (paperback reprint)
ISBN: 978-1-953936-51-6 (e-book)
ISSN: 2765-9283



“Showing the convergence and complementarity of exegesis and theology, the contributors to this collection are all scholars and practitioners who address— and strike a helpful balance between—a wide range of theoretical issues and practical concerns. Highly recommended, especially for seminary professors.”
Scott Hahn
author of Rome Sweet Home and Evangelizing Catholics

“An important book that could not have come at a more opportune time in the history of our faith and our Church. . . . It debunks several false dichotomies and breaks down the wall that modern and postmodern intellectuals have tried to put up between faith and reason.”
James L. Papandrea
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“In Verbum Domini Pope Benedict XVI pleads with the scholarly world to let the living God emerge from the text of the Bible, and this collection of essays responds to that plea. Every seminary library needs this work.”
James Keating
Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton University

“An extremely useful springboard for discussion. . . . The essays themselves form a kind of conversation on the calamitous divorce of theology from exegesis. The diversity of topics addressed shows how extensive the consequences of Pope Benedict’s 2010 Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini, ought to be.”
Gregory Tatum, OP
Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem, Israel

“Readers of this new collection of essays will commend Fr. Carl and all eleven authors for their luminous effort to refocus Biblical exegesis on what God has chosen to reveal and how he has chosen to reveal it, as well as to refocus Catholic theology on the actual sources of this Revelation.” (Jeffrey Mirus)

“Essential reading for Scripture faculty at Catholic seminaries and a great help to all Catholic teachers of Scripture.”
Catholic Library World

“Fr. Carl and his contributors have successfully put together a book that helps form Catholics interested in the study of the Bible or teaching it so that Catholics may be better equipped for the ministry of the Word.”
Catholic Books Review

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