Biblical Foundations of Spirituality invites readers to "touch a finger to the flame" of the Bible by offering guidance on what, how, and why to read Scripture as a source of spiritual nourishment. The second edition builds on Barbara Bowe's acclaimed book with two new chapters by Laurie Brink and John R. Barker introducing key theological concepts and exploring how biblical spirituality was first experienced and expressed in early Christian communities.
The book begins by exploring the many meanings of the word "spirituality," then leads readers through the Bible-from Genesis to Revelation-to develop a biblically based spirituality that can serve as a compass in the challenges of life. Updated to reference the latest scholarship, this book helps make the Bible more accessible and shows how it can be relevant to life today. The book stresses the spiritual dimension of biblical figures' search for God and shows how their insights about God-from successes to dead ends-can reflect our contemporary searching and struggles. Biblical Foundations of Spirituality reveals the spiritual wisdom of the Bible, connecting it with everyday life and spirituality.
With a chronology, reflection questions, a glossary, and updated notes and bibliography, as well as two new chapters, the second edition of Biblical Foundations of Spirituality is ideal for classroom, parish, or individual reading.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 21 mm
Edition: Second Edition
In this second edition of Barbara Bowe's award-winning book, the original text is supplemented by two excellent new chapters. John Barker's discussion of postexilic theology serves as a bridge between the theology of the Old and New Testaments, and Laurie Brink provides a sketch of the postcanonical movement of Christian theology. Bowe laid a firm foundation for this work; Barker and Brink have added to the trustworthiness of its structure. -- Dianne Bergant, CSA, Catholic Theological Union
Barbara Bowe's work contributes to an understanding of spirituality that emphasizes how our daily and contextual response to God gives rise to our theology. Her work considers how the lived daily experience of a people of faith "touching their fingers to the flame" and "eating God's word" gave rise to the Sacred Scripture and continues to give rise to our theologizing on that Scripture. The contributions of John R. Barker and Laurie Brink to this new edition of Bowe's masterful work help the flame of her book burn even brighter. -- Gilberto Cavazos-Gonzalez, OFM, Pontifical University Antonianum