Flowers in the Desert: A Spirituality of the Bible
The Bible is, above all other things, a record of God’s love for the human race. In its words and through its stories God reveals himself and calls those who hear the word into communion with him. When we first approach the Bible, however, we encounter a variety of literary styles—histories, poetry, sagas, moral advice and visionary productions. There is often a problem of discerning the simple theme of call-and-response in all these styles, or of finding a connection in the bible to our 20th-century existence. This book opens the door to the deep message the bible conveys to individual Christians today. Putting aside for a moment questions of doctrine or historical interpretation, it concentrates on the spiritual teaching of the Old and New Testaments. It begins with God’s call to humanity and to each of us individually. Then it considers the human adventure of our journey through life. Finally, it looks at our ultimate homecoming to the Father. The many references to biblical passages and daily life make this an invaluable book for those who want to know about the bible—but even more, who want to live it.
Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B., is professor of New Testament at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey. He received his doctorate in theology at Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. After two years of graduate studies at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem, he received the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Commission in Vatican City.
- Print Length: 176 pages
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