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B u l l e t i n D E I V E R B U M 3 9 I 2 Catho l i c B ib l i ca l Federa t ion
The Catholic Biblical Federation (CBF) is aninternational fellowship of Catholic organizationsinvolved in biblical-pastoral work. The members fostermutual service among all local churches.
Translation and distribution of Catholic and inter-
confessional editions of the Bible in simple language,in cooperation with Bible Societies throughout the
world, is part of this service.
Furthermore, it is the intention of the CBF to promotebiblical studies, support the production of pedagogicalaids for a better understanding of biblical texts, ajidassist in the formation of ministers of the Word (suchas biblical animators, lectors and catechisls),
suggesting ways to form Bible groups andrecommending the use of both mass and group mediato facilitate their encounter with the Word.
B u l l e t i n D E I V E R B U M
No. 2 / 1996
April - June
Bulletin DEI VERBUM is a quarterly
publication in English, French, German andSpanish.
E d i t o r s :
Ludger Feldkamper, Pilar de Miguel
Production and Layout
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Pilar de Miguel, Mercedes Navarro,Elisabeth Peeters,
The Federation also wishes to promote a dialogue with
people who believe only in human values, as well as toencourage an encounter with the sacred writings ofother religions. Tlirough .such encounters, the revealedWord of God can offer a more profound understandingof God and of human life.
The Federation appeals to everyone to add their
personal and community support to these great tasks.
+ Alberto Ablondi, Bishop of LivomoPresident of tlie CBF
"Easy access to Sacred Scripture should be providedfor al l the Chr ist ian fa i thful"
(Dei Verbum, 22).
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is an "international Catholic organization of a publiccharacter" (cf. Code of Canon Law, 312.1.1).
Subscription rates for 1996:
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Please send your subscription fee to the GeneralSecretariat of the Federation c/o Bulletin DeiVerbum Dept. (address opposite).
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Reproduction of articles:
We invite our members to reproduce in theirown publications any articles printed inBULLETIN DEI VERBUM which theyconsider to be of interest to their readers unless
a statement to the contrary is given.
Opinions expressed in articles are those of theauthors, and not necessarily of the CBF.
Catho l i c B ib l i ca l Federa t ion B u l l e t i n D E I V E R B U M 3 9 ! 3
C O N T E N T S
* T h e B i b l e a n d t h e M e d i a 4
Questions about films on Jesus 5
T h e i n t e r a c t i v e B i b l e 6
* F o r R e f l e c t i o n
Criteria for a televised productiono f t h e B i b l e 8
* I n d e x - B u l l e t i n D e i V e r b u m
1986 - 1996
* L i f e o f t h e F e d e r a t i o n
Letter from Sindh/Pakistan
N e w s
T h e B i b l e : b e s t - s e l l e r
A f r i c a- K i k w i t / Z a i r e
A m e r i c a
- P e r u
Asia / Oceania- M a c a o
- S r i L a n k a
- Tami l NaduAnd ia
Europe / Middle East- Ljubljana- R o m e
- S l o v a k i a
E d i t o r i a l
The Bulletin is ten years old. We decided to celebrate the fact
by presenting our readers with an index of the contents of DeiVerbum throughout the whole of this time. We recall that the
Spanish edition began with the monograph devoted to the Plenary Assembly in Bogota (Nos. 15/16).
The next number (40/41) will also be a double one, and its sole
object will be to give information about the Plenary Assemblyin Hong Kong. As you know, this will be held from the 2nd tothe 12th of July.
While reflecting on the past ten years of the Bulletin, one cannotavoid thinking about the next ten. Will it continue to be on paperor will it be transferred to the waves that travel through an invisible cable? Cybernetics and the wider spectrum of circumstances that surround it are making us consider a qualitative
change in human relations and communications.
All this seemed fantastic to me until I received a letter from
Pakistan recounting an experience of biblical pastoral ministry
among those who cannot read (evidently, the majority are women). This testimony fascinated me for many reasons and ledmy reflection in the following direction: which peoples andnations will remain isolated by these new super highways? Howwill humanity confront this new complexity of co-existence between the privileged and the underprivileged as a result of the
Guttenberg effect (already going on for some centuries) and thenew cyber-illiterate and -literate?
How will cyber-exegesis and cyber-biblical pastoral ministryco-exist with oral tradition, the written and the non-written?T h e C a t h o l i c B i b l i c a l F e d e r a t i o n h a s t o t h i n k a b o u t t h e s e
questions, and initiate debate, reflection, alternatives, communication between the different members; those who circulatevia the superhighways and those who muddy themselves on un-
asphalted roads. This is the reason for the range of topics in thisn u m b e r .
There comes to mind a notice that appeared in the media, which
many of you possibly remember. A well known world chesschampion proclaimed very proudly (I don't know whether itwas he or his agent) that he had beaten "the machine", after an"historic" match with a computer. Somewhat puzzled and
naively 1 wondered whether he had realised that he had onlybeaten another human mind which had written the programme.So we should keep things in perspective. True? Will we do so?
B o o k s a n d M a t e r i a l s 2 3 Pilar de Miguel
Catho l i c B ib l i ca l Federa t ion i N i : ' ; ' '
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T H E B I B L E A N D T H E M E D I A
From the 18th to the 22ml of April, 1995,a meeting took place in Rome onthe subject: The Bible and the Media. It was organised by The LatinAmerican Association of Social Communication, the interdisciplinaryCentre of Social Communication of the Gregorian Pontifical Universityand the Institute of the Sciences of Social Communication of the Salesian
Since the theme is of vital importance for the CBF, we are reproducing the
refections and practical experiences offered on the theme by the speakers:Heinrich Kraus, Nazareno Marconi and Marco Frisina. The object is tostimulate refection and discussion on this matter.
Below is a list of questions to help to discover the multiple allusions and hiddeninformation in a bibl ical text.
Evidently the questions in the list are notall relevant to every passage. Nevertheless, they do fit the greater part to thenarratives of the Old Testament (with the
exception, perhaps, of biblical prehistory).
It is necessary to take into account thefact that the biblical writings (for themo.st part) are made upof small, individualnarrative units (pericopes), which, on theother hand, are connected to large, com
For this reason the questions are dividedinto two separate lists which demonstrate,one way or another, their various per
I speak of an individual narrative or
pericope when a story is presented moreor less independently, which can be recounted completely and within a singlecontext, for example: the sacrifice ofIsaac, Jacob's struggle with the angel orMoses at the burning bush.
Often one recognises in this story a
beginning and an end by the fact that
there arc mutual indications with regardto the state of events or the time frame.
The analysis of more extensive narratives
highlights additional questions whoseanswers often show perspectives that cancontribute to the understanding of the
message of each pericope.
By complex narrative is understood asuccession of linked narratives which are
connected by means of a common themeand/or chain of inter related events. Withsome stories this is evident as, for exam
ple, the series of narratives about Abraham, the story of the exodus from Egypt,or the election and rejection of Saul.
In other cases the complex narrative isnot evident as a whole, or there are various
possibilities for constructing a narrativearch, as in the case of so many storiesabout David. Already the search for a
beginning and an end of the c