This compilation is an important new resources for every discipline of ecclesiastical studies. Its detailed resume of scriptural pronouncements from the Second Century to Benedict XVI, offers a comprehensive summary of the trends and evolution of biblical analysis. Typical categories treat of Christology, the Church, the Jewish people, Bible interpretation, etc., all systematically organized in this single volume. These and other documents are indispensable resources for students of theology and history. A long and remarkable introduction presents the historical context of the documents. Care is also taken to explain their various levels of authority so as to avoid lending same value judgment to each one indiscriminately. The Church and the Bible appears at an especially auspicious time given the anticipated 2008 Synod of Bishops whose theme will be: The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.