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AM2017 - Book Displays

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AM2017 - Schedule

2017 Annual General Meeting at The Catholic University of America

Saturday, August 5

11:30 - 3:30 PM x  Executive Board Meeting
12:30 - 6:00 PM   Registration
2:00 - 6:00 PM   Book Displays are open
2:30 - 4:00 PM   Committee on Program for the Annual General Meeting
4:00 - 6:00 PM   CBQ Editorial Board Meeting
4:00 - 6:00 PM   Committee on Finance & Investment Meeting
4:00 - 6:00 PM   Committee on Technology & Outreach Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 PM   Dinner 
7:00 PM   Welcome
7:05 - 8:30 PM   General Session: David J. Trobisch, "​Early Reformation Bibles: Changes in the Text and Format of the Christian Scriptures" 
8:30 - 10:00 PM   Social
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AM2017 - CUA Welcome

President John Garvey 

80th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association
August 6, 2017

Good evening and welcome to The Catholic University of America. We are honored to host the 80th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association.

Many Catholics – including myself – have been greatly blessed by the work of the Catholic Biblical Association, perhaps without ever knowing it. At mass each Sunday or in our own scripture reading we hear or read the Word of God in the New American Bible translation. This extraordinary undertaking of translating the bible from its original languages, which continues today, has been significantly the work of the Catholic Biblical Association. I am grateful for this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Association for this work.

When The Catholic University of America was founded in 1887, the first person we appointed to the faculty was Msgr. Henri Hyvernat, a scholar of the Near East, Assyriology, and the Christian Orient, to teach scriptural studies. I don't know that the founders attributed any significance to this fact. The first person they invited to join the faculty was Msgr. James Corcoran, who taught at St. Charles Borromeo seminary in Philadelphia. He declined due to poor health.

But I think it was fitting that our first faculty member was a biblical scholar. The study of theology has always been at the heart of Catholic University's mission and, as the Second Vatican Council said in Dei Verbum, the "study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology."

In the sacred scriptures, Dei Verbum said, "the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life."

It is biblical scholars, through their careful study and exposition of scripture, who aid the Church in understanding the Word and sharing the fruits of scripture with the faithful. This is an extraordinary gift to the Church for which we owe you our deep thanks.

In thinking about the work of the Catholic Biblical Association and biblical scholars I have been reflecting on the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in the Acts of the Apostles. I am not going to stand before an audience of scripture scholars and attempt an exposition of the story. But I thought instead I'd read it, because I think it offers a beautiful image of what you do for the Church:

Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, "Go and join up with that chariot." Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?" He replied, "How can I, unless someone instructs me?" So he invited Philip to get in and sit with him. This was the scripture passage he was reading:

Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
In (his) humiliation justice was denied him.
Who will tell of his posterity?
For his life is taken from the earth.

Then the eunuch said to Philip in reply, "I beg you, about whom is the prophet saying this? About himself, or about someone else?" Then Philip opened his mouth and, beginning with this scripture passage, he proclaimed Jesus to him.