Readers rediscover and renew God's living Word through this exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI. Based upon the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops 2008 meeting in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI offers his inspiring reflections and comments. Divided into three sections, Pope Benedict explores the meaning of God's Word and how it relates to the individual, the community of the Church, and the cultural world at large in both a historical and modern context.
Verbum Domini also clearly situates Scripture in the eclesial and faith context in which it belongs, doing more than any of the previous documents to indicate specifically how the various contexts in which Scripture is used - in the liturgy, in personal prayer, and in theological study - can and must be integrated with one another.
Essential reading for any Catholic student of theology, and profitable reading for any Catholic, indeed any Christian, who wants to gain a deeper understanding of Scripture
What about the other 1/2 star? Well its slight weakness is that it perhaps tries to cover too broad a base at times, and therefore seems soewhat superficial in its analysis. But frankly, if it had tried to do justice to everything it covered, it have been much longer!