As many readers of this blog probably know, The Synod on the Word of God begins in October and lasts for most of the month. The purpose of the gathering is for the world’s bishops to discuss the place of Scripture in the life of the church. America’s special issue on the synod has just been published and features articles by Old Testament scholar Richard Clifford, S.J., John Klassen on lectio divina, and John R. Donahue on the preaching and proclamation of the Word of God. Boston College Professor Pheme Perkins looks at the revitalization of Scripture since Vatican II, but wonders why the Pauline reading remains misunderstood. Ronald Witherup, the general of the Sulpicians, compares the synod’s working document to Vatican II’s Dei verbum. It’s a meaty issue, and we hope it will provide fodder for our readers and bloggers through the synod and beyond. For a preview, listen to Father Drew Christiansen’s introduction to the synod on our weekly podcast. Tim Reidy