18 February 2011

Best Book Dedication Ever?

Indefatigable Interpreter of the Sacred Page
and Staunch Defender of the 
Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

-- Dedication in Scripture, The Soul of Theology, by Joseph Fitzmyer, S.J.


Matt said...

Mark Twain dedicated "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to John Smith, and explained himself thusly:

"John Smith: Whom I have known in divers and sundry places about the world, and whose many and manifold virtues did always command my esteem, I dedicate this book."

Directly underneath the dedication he wrote: "It is said that the man to whom a volume is dedicated, always buys a copy. If this proves true in the present instance, a princely affluence is about to burst upon THE AUTHOR."

Robert Owen Hood said...

It is a fabulous dedication. The title that JP II gave to John Duns Scotus at his beatification tops it however:

The bard of the Incarnate Word and defender of the Immaculate conception of Mary.

Brother Charles said...

You are obviously forgetting the final dedication in Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals "Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical...who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom--Lucifer."

mtjofmcap said...

Well, I guess I posted only the third best dedication ever.