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Title: Reasing Wisdom Wisely
Author(s): JOHNSON, Luke Timothy
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 28 Issue: 2 Date: summer 2003
It is a pleasure as well as an honor to present this lecture in honor of the late Father Roland Edmund Murphy. With Raymond Brown and Joseph Fitzmyer, Father Murphy will forever be associated with the landmark publication of the Jerome Biblical Commentary in 1968. That single volume announced to the scholarly world that American Catholic biblical scholars not only could play in the field that Protestant scholars had considered their own, but could play very well indeed. Those of us in the church who may be tempted to take for granted the freedom of inquiry and the gifts of critical historiography need constantly to remind ourselves that we enjoy benefits won by others. If we are to carry on their tradition of critical loyalty, then we must be sure to cultivate not only critical skills but also loyal characters.