"A Hard Saying" shows how biblical texts written two thousand years ago continue to address problems within contemporary Church and society. Studies of the gospel message on woman, discipleship, marriage and celibacy, literary criticism, the Eucharist, healthcare, resurrection, and the Spirit, allow the living voice of the Gospel to be heard.
In "A Hard Saying" Moloney examines Christianity's claim that it is not the fruit of human endeavors, but a response to God's saving concern for our well-being. He shows how this concern has been demonstrated in and through the inspired telling of the story of Israel, Jesus Christ, and the Jewish and Christian response to that story, as it is found in the Bible.
The founding "Word of God" and subsequent responses to it can often live in an uneasy tension. Christianity, which is a part of the human story, has formed its own culture and many sub-cultures. The essays that form "A Hard Saying" focus upon that relationship between New Testament and contemporary cultural questions.
Essays included under The Synoptic Gospels are:
Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., A.M., F.A.H.A., is the professor of New Testament at The Catholic University of America. He is the author of numerous books including The Gospel of John of the Sacra Pagina series published by The Liturgical Press.
|-||Frank J. Matera, The Catholic University of America|
"Frank Moloney is well known for his work on the Gospel of John. His new book demonstrates some of his wider contributions to New Testament study. It brings together in a coherent way contributions he has made to the study of the Gospels and their interaction with the culture of their own time and ours. The orientation of this book reveals an author who has an eye on the implications of his study for the life of faith in our time. At the same time his critical rigor never allows his own reading to stray from the agenda set by the texts he now seeks to read and interpret. Readers interested in the Gospels and the newer literary methods will be drawn to and benefit from a reading of this book."
|-||Professor John Painter, School of Theology, St. Mark’s National Theological Centre, Charles Sturt University, Australia|
". . . witnesses to the remarkable power, energy and creativity of Frank Moloney’s contribution to New Testament studies over twenty-five years."
|-||Brendan Byrne, S.J., Jesuit Theological College, Australia|
"'A Hard Saying' is very highly recommended to students of theology, as well as contemporary Christian life and thought as reflected in the issues of our day. "
"Carefully researched and full of insight, these essays provide readers with a biblical perspective on some of the pressing questions of the day." - Bookviews
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