Author of the modern classic of liturgical theology The Wellspring of Worship
(now unfortunately out of print) and principal contributor to the fourth and final part of The Catechism of the Catholic Church
, Fr. Jean Corbon served as translator and theologian at the Second Vatican Council and wrote this important little book in the early 1960s. Through a study of the chronological stages of the Old Testament, Fr. Corbon identifies all the vital stages of Christian experience -- creation, promise, pasch, exodus, covenant, kingdom, exile, return, resurrection and liturgy -- delineating direct correspondences with our own. This is not primarily a work of exegesis or biblical theology, though Fr. Corbon exhibits an erudite mastery of both. Best said, Path to Freedom
is an initiation into a spiritual reading of the Bible in its entirety. ''The human fact is a journey,'' Fr. Corbon writes. ''From the first manifestations of life to its fulfillment is one long passage in which we take possession of ourselves.'' The fact that man can only fulfill himself in gratitude proclaims the human paradox: ''gratuitousness, that which frees us from all necessity, is necessary to man if he is to become a living man.'' Well versed in the theology of the Church Fathers, Fr. Corbon understands Christian experience to be an historical event. In the liturgy the whole of history brings us into the fullness of the present, making it ''possible to resolve everything in the light and the power of love.''
An Eighth Day View:
The St. Paul Center Studies in Biblical Theology and Spirituality In this third title in the series of contemporary Catholic classics, biblical scholar and theologian Jean Corbon invites Christians into a spiritual reading of the Bible in its entirety and to explore 10 major themes of the Bible: creation, promise, pasch, exodus, covenant, kingdom, exile, return, resurrection and liturgy. Father Corbon writes, "Through a study of the chronological stages of the Old Testament, we shall try to recognize the logical and vital stages of our experience of Christ. This is not, therefore, a work of exegesis or biblical theology but rather an initiation into a spiritual reading--that is, a reading in the Spirit--of the Bible in its entirety."