An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture presents an annotated list of scholarly works, perfect for the student beginning a study in one of the many Scripture-related disciplines. Fitzmyer has gathered together the greatest titles in Biblical literature and briefly describes each work. He presents only those resources which will be best suited to each particular field of study.
Each title is organized into convenient categories. These categories, each one comprising a their own chapter, include Grammars, Concordances, Commentaries, Geography, History, Hermeneutics, and many others. Every basic discipline related to Scriptural studies is here represented. The titles are ordered alphabetically in each categoy subdivision. The more important ones are listed with an asterisk, and the most important with two asterisks.
Becoming orientied in the vast array of materials available for the study of Scripture can be a daunting task. The student can easily find themselves at a loss trying to decide where to discover the standard, reputable titles and authors in their chosen discipline. With An Introductory Bibliography for the Study of Scripture, readers now have access to the best primary and secondary titles available.
About Joseph A. Fitzmyer
Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. is professor emeritus at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. he has taught New Testament, its Semitic background, and Biblical languages at Woodstock College, University of Chicago, Fordham University, and Weston School of Theology. In 1984 he was awarded the Berkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Royal Academy. He has authored over twenty books. He is co-editor of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.
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On October 31, 1999, in Augsburg, Germany, Catholic and Lutheran representatives signed a “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.”1 The document represented a major step in healing divisions that reached back 482 years, when on the same day in 1517, Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. Cardinal Edward Cassidy on behalf of the Catholic Church and Bishop Christian Krause of the Lutheran World Federation signed the joint declaration, the fruit of thirty-five years of national and international dialogues. Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. (1920–), a leading New Testament biblical scholar who had worked for nearly three decades in Lutheran-Catholic dialogues, provided an essential contribution.2
Fitzmyer was born on November 4, 1920 in Philadelphia. He fondly remembers his early years. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania taught him in elementary school, and the Jesuits did so later at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.3 His traditional and rigorous education paved the way for his future scholarship. In high school, he studied Latin four years, Greek three years, and French two years. He graduated from “the Prep” with high honors. As a high school student, he was drawn to the Society of Jesus. On July 30, 1938, he entered the novitiate [End Page 63] at Wernersville, Pennsylvania. After two years of novitiate, he began “juniorate” and embarked on a plan of studies dating back to the Society of Jesus’ earliest days: a year of Latin and Greek poetry (including reading the Odyssey and Iliad in Greek) and a second year reading the works of Cicero and Demosthenes (again in the original languages).
A major turning point in his life occurred at the Jesuit seminary in West Baden, Indiana, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1943 and master’s degree in philosophy and classics in 1945. In those years, a “prefect of studies” directed a Jesuit’s intellectual training. Jesuit formation often excluded initiative and dialogue with one’s superiors. In an interview with the prefect, Fitzmyer said that having master’s degrees in classics and philosophy, he wished to study psychology. The prefect replied simply: “Mister Fitzmyer, we are putting you into Scripture”—an area virtually ignored in his previous years of Jesuit formation.
At Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., Fitzmyer began practicing the art of teaching, equipping him with a skill utilized until retiring from the classroom in 2004. From 1945 to 1948 he taught Latin, Greek, and German, drawing on instruction his German grandmother provided him at an early age. After the first year of teaching, during summer vacation, he taught himself Hebrew and read the Bible’s first two books, Genesis and Exodus, in their original language. [End Page 64]
Between 1948 and 1952, Fitzmyer studied theology in Weston, Massachusetts; Woodstock, Maryland (where he became a faculty member); and Egenhoven, Belgium. On August 15, 1951, while in Belgium, Bishop Emile De Smedt, later a significant figure at the Second Vatican Council (1962– 1965), ordained him a priest. Fitzmyer studied theology, Aramaic, and Akkadian at the University of Louvain, and spent a year of Jesuit formation in Münster, Germany.
By mid-twentieth century, Catholic Scripture scholars studied at major secular universities with the best faculties. In 1953, Fitzmyer began direct preparation for a lifetime of Scripture study at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, almost ten years after his prefect first directed him to pursue this focus. Highly advanced in modern methods of biblical scholarship, Johns Hopkins provided him and his colleagues with the training necessary for path-breaking research and writing. He studied under renowned biblical scholar and archeologist William Foxwell Albright (1892–1971), who mentored other major international scholars in biblical and ancient near eastern...
Lutheran Bishop Christian Krause, president of the Lutheran World Federation, and Cardinal Edward Cassidy, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, sign the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” on October 31, 1999, in Augsburg, Germany (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher).