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Catholic Press Association awards first place to book co-written by Tom Ryan

Loyola press release - July 2, 2014

Coming off last month’s recognition by TheBestSchools.org for its exemplary master’s programs and the highest honor from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, the accolades for Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Ministry continue. A book co-written by Loyola Institute for Ministry Director and Professor Tom Ryan, Ph.D., has won first place at the 2014 Catholic Press Association Book Awards.

The book, “The Letter to the Romans,” received the top honor in the Scripture - Academic Studies category during the Catholic Press Association Convention, held in Charlotte, N.C., June 18-20. “The Letter to the Romans” is the second volume in The Bible in Medieval Tradition series, which aims to reacquaint the Church with its rich history of biblical interpretation and with the contemporary applicability of this history.

Ryan was responsible for the introduction and for translating the selections from St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Commentary on Romans.” Bibles in the Middle Ages were hand-copied manuscripts with additions, omissions and mistakes, so biblical commentaries offered a way for people to understand it. Ryan uncovers the meaning of these “odd texts” and extracts nuggets of truth still relevant today.

Each volume focuses on a particular biblical book or set of books and provides documentary evidence of the most significant ways in which that work was treated in the course of medieval biblical interpretation. It also comprises fresh translations of several commentaries. The selections are lengthy and, in most cases, have never before been available in English before.

For more information, contact Ryan at 504-865-2066.