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A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

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Although many Catholics are familiar with the four Gospels and other writings of the New Testament, for most, reading the Old Testament is like walking into a foreign land. Who wrote these forty-six books? When were they written? Why were they written? What are we to make of their laws, stories, histories, and prophecies? Should the Old Testament be read by itself or in light of the New Testament?

John Bergsma and Brant Pitre offer readable in-depth answers to these questions as they introduce each book of the Old Testament. They not only examine the literature from a historical and cultural perspective but also interpret it theologically, drawing on the New Testament and the faith of the Catholic Church. Unique among introductions, this volume places the Old Testament in its liturgical context, showing how its passages are employed in the current Lectionary used at Mass.

Accessible to nonexperts, this thorough and up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament can serve as an idea textbook for biblical studies. Its unique approach, along with its maps, illustrations, and other reference materials, makes it a valuable resource for seminarians, priests, Scripture scholars, theologians, and catechists, as well as anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.

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John Bergsma, Brant Pitre
Hardcover, 1060 pages
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3 Reviews

  • 5

    Great Book!

    Posted by Aden Thompson on Sep 9th 2021

    This book gives you a clear and thorough introduction of the Old Testament. It covers everything from the history and composition of the book to it's place in the living tradition. This book is a great reference material and is suitable for everyone, from the laity wanting to learn more about the bible to those with an already extensive biblical background.

  • 5

    This book is a great read!

    Posted by Aden Thompson on Jul 17th 2021

    This book gives the reader an easy to understand introduction to the books of the Old Testament. It shows their place in the modern lectionary and includes great quotes from scholars and church fathers. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about sacred scripture.

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    Posted by Rodney Caudill on Apr 30th 2019

    Very detailed and well sourced book.

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