The title of this collection of essays by well-known Irish biblical scholar, Sean Freyne , Texts Contexts and Cultures, aptly describes its contents, since it reflects the authors interest in and approach to the study of the Bible over the past thirty-five years. This collection of seventeen articles, most of them not previously published, brings together a number of his concerns over a long writing and teaching career in Ireland, the USA and Australia.
In Texts Contexts and Cultures, his training as biblical scholar coincided with the Second Vatican Council and in an illuminating introductory article Freyne describes the impression this event made on him, his subsequent development, and the circumstances that have given rise to the different emphases in his work. For example, he was the first holder of the Chair of Theology and Head of the School in Trinity College, Dublin, and several chapters in this collection originated as contributions to the highly successful series of public lectures that have become a feature of Trinitys School of Biblical and Theological Studies over the past twenty years.
Despite his academic achievements Freyne has always put a great emphasis on his teaching and has been in high demand as lecturer both in Ireland and overseas. Enthusiasm for his subject, as well as a lively and engaging style, have been the hallmarks of his lecturing and teaching. These same qualities mark his writing, even when dealing with technical topics, and are much in evidence throughout this book.”