25 June 2023, Geneva, Switzerland: A book entitled 'Your word is truth (volume 2)' sits on a table during a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the World Council of Churches marked at the Ecumenical Centre and central committee gathers in Geneva on 21-27 June 2023 for its first full meeting following the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe in 2022.


They highlighted one of the fruits of this collaboration, the second volume of the publication Your Word Is Truth.

Five years after the first volume, this publication continues to showcase the distinctive ways in which encountering the Bible—in all its power and perplexity—has profoundly inspired, informed, and shaped different faith traditions.

The authors of each chapter have written from their areas of expertise and research rather than as official representatives of their traditions. They have contributed to this volume because of their commitments to the Bible, their ecclesial tradition, and Christian unity. Readers sometimes get a snapshot of the internal debates and historical contexts that have shaped the hermeneutical process. In other chapters, the author gives specific examples of why certain biblical texts have been privileged over others in liturgy or preaching.

In the foreword, the editors Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell and Gunnar Mägi from UBS and Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi, Dr Vasile-Octavian Mihoc, and Lyn van Rooyen from the WCC write,“ In a world torn apart by wars, forced migration, poverty, and injustices, the diversity of this collection of essays is a sign of hope.”

Copies of the book were earlier presented as gifts to the members of the WCC central committee at their meeting in Geneva in June. At the time, one of the authors, Prof Dr Diana Tsaghikyan, a representative of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin) and member of the WCC central committee, expressed her enthusiasm for being part of this process. She emphasized the important place of the Bible in her faith tradition by telling how, in many times of challenge, “Armenian women fled their homes, carrying their children, and the Bible.

This publication is copublished by WCC and United Bible Societies, with support from the Canadian Bible Society.

Publication "Your Word Is Truth: The Bible in Christian Traditions Vol 2"

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