Interpretation of Scripture and Ecclesial Exegesis: The Search for an Integrated Theology

Sep 17, 2021

5:00PM

to

Sep 19, 2021

12:00PM

120 French Road, Rochester, NY

St. Bernard's is pleased to announce its first-ever conference: Interpretation of Scripture and Ecclesial Exegesis: The Search for an Integrated Theology. It will reflect upon how biblical scholarship can best embrace the openness to complementary methods the sources of revelation require:

How does historical critical biblical scholarship contribute to an integrated Catholic Theology and what are its limitations?

How does Catholic philosophy and theology shape the understanding of Scripture in turn?


We are honored to have Gregory Vall, Fr. David Meconi, S.J., and Robert Louis Wilken as our keynote speakers. Registration is available both for those who wish to attend in-person and those who would like to attend online. More information about conference details and registration is available below:

Call for Papers

In an address given to the Fourteenth Synod of Bishops on October 14, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI stated:

Only when both methodological levels — the historical/critical and the theological — are observed can one speak of a theological exegesis that alone is adequate to Sacred Scripture
. . . therefore for the life and mission of the Church, for the future of faith, it is absolutely necessary to overcome this dualism between exegesis and theology. Biblical theology and systematic theology are two dimensions of one reality, which we call theology.

These remarks are a succinct summary of Benedict’s methodological approach to the Bible, which he articulated 20 years earlier in his 1988 Erasmus lecture. In this lecture, he called for an interpretation of Sacred Scripture focusing on its historical context combined with the fullness of the canon, an explicit philosophy of interpretation, and a hermeneutic of faith in the context of the Church. His “Method C” would unite patristic and scholastic exegesis with a philosophically chastened historical method for an integrated approach to theological reflection.

This conference will reflect upon how biblical scholarship can best embrace the openness to complementary methods the sources of revelation require:

How does historical critical biblical scholarship contribute to an integrated Catholic Theology and what are its limitations?

How does Catholic philosophy and theology shape the understanding of Scripture in turn?

We invite papers from scholars of Sacred Scripture, patristics, medieval studies, philosophy, and theology more broadly to explore ecclesial exegesis. We solicit papers that describe and situate “Method C” theology and, most importantly, interdisciplinary papers that draw on insights across typical boundaries to provide constructive examples of this model.

We invite papers from scholars of Sacred Scripture, patristics, medieval studies, philosophy, and theology more broadly to explore ecclesial exegesis. We solicit papers that describe and situate “Method C” theology and, most importantly, interdisciplinary papers that draw on insights across typical boundaries to provide constructive examples of this model.

Please submit a 300-word title and abstract to conferences@stbernards.edu. Priority will be given to papers received by August 1st, 2021. Papers will be considered if received by August 16th, 2021.