A Catholic Introduction To The Bible: The Old Testament
  • A Catholic Introduction To The Bible: The Old Testament
  • A Catholic Introduction To The Bible: The Old Testament
ISBN: 1586177222
EAN13: 9781586177225
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 25, 2018
Pages: 725
Dimensions: 2" H x 10" L x 7" W
Weight: 1.74 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

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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   I've been disappointed by this commentary
The parts I have read from this commentary have not done a good job in presenting the reader with the historical context in which the Scriptures were received. I think it is important to understand how the Jewish people understood it at the time they received it and the context in which they understood it. If you are looking for a commentary that gives the reader more with respect to the historical context, but also elaborates, then I highly recommend The Paulist Biblical Commentary. While it is a commentary on the whole Bible, it does an excellent job with the Old Testament. I can not recommend it enough.
   Massive and detailed
My one reservation is the use of the RSV2CE, rather than a more traditional Bible, but I think most of my concerns would be with the New Testament, so I am not hugely concerned. I had hoped that the Old Testament study Bible, from Ignatius, would now see some years in the making and still no ETA. This book, though quite different in approach, arrives at an excellent time.
   Not set up like his other books, but fantastic nonetheless.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this book ''. I teach the Old Testament at a Catholic school and this book has been a tremendous asset in my classroom teaching planning. However, be warned that it is designed as a college textbook of Masters degree level. Your average Catholic should be able to follow and get something out of it, but is not an apologetics book, nor is it in the fun, humorous, easy to read format like Dr. Bergsma's other books.
   Indispensable for understanding and defending the Faith of the Church
Currently I have the privilege of teaching RCIA, and this resource is part of our study program. With over 60 students in class, I have found that teaching authentic Catholic doctrine in the light of Scripture and tradition is a draw for those who are pondering their faith journey. Sadly, many formation programs today focus on the many theories without the benefit of understanding the whys and how it is related to the Deposit of Faith and the Mission of the Church, see CCC 1040,1041 as an example. This detailed work brings the balance back to conversation.
   A much needed reference book.
A spiritual and intellectual reference book that satisfies both the excellent needs of the believer. Before this book, my only comprehensive Old Testament reference book was Reading the Old Testament An Introduction by Lawrence Boadt, 2nd Edition. Although excellent in background information and in-depth analysis of the books of the Old Testament, the book of Boadt has a major flaw. The most that can happen are natural events where providential people see the hand of God. This book has all the positives of Boadt's book, plus does not deny that God can manifest His providence in history by means of supernatural events. I am looking forward to a second book dealing with the New Testament.
   Oh, why I didn't have this earlier, like 20 years ago!
I have been looking for Catholic materials on the Old Testament for years, something that is accessible to serious readers, but not so academic beyond strength to persevere. I want to thank Dr. Brant Pitre and Dr. John Bergsma for the efforts they put into these. I bought the Kindle version, read barely to 10%, but because I have been looking for commentaries on OT for so long and read a lot of N. T. Wright, I know what I was looking for sooo long. I don 't anymore need to play Scabble to entertain my mind. Others say Superb! This would have been enough. Whatever +D, whatever the hell.
   Men of Faith Writing on Books of Faith
This is probably one of the best, fairest treatments in an intro to the OT that I have ever read. The authors address the dominant thinking of scholars and evaluate them to come to conclusions. They reveal blindspots of scholars and provide alternative views of the issue that most other scholars don 't bother with. This gives the reader an honest assessment of the book or issue, so that the reader can make more educated decisions on what he or she believes about these issues. They also provide relevant historical, liturgical, and theological insights into the issues, including philological information. I love this introduction ''.
   A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament
I even bought a second copy for my priest, who was very familiar with Dr Pitre's book, Jewish roots of the Bible. At first, I was a little intimidated until I saw Dr. Brant Pitre on a Catholic productions podcast. Reading through the different elements of the book helped me understand how it integrates the historical, theological, and spiritual with faith, reason, Scripture, and the tradition of the Catholic Church. It not only interprets literature from a historical and cultural perspective, but also examines it theologically, based on the New Testament and Faith of the Catholic Church. The book also includes a section on the current lectionary, used for each chapter as well as comprehensive bibliographies, maps, illustrations and charts. I love that this book is not only for priests, seminarians, scholars, theologians and catechists, but also for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.
   Perfect for those looking to deepen their Faith!
EXPLORATED with Bible Tidbits! I was again doing it with Bergsma and Pitre. It shows how the New Testament is fulfilled in the New Testament and the Old Testament is hidden in the Old Testament. TWO SUPER COOL FEATURES : A chart at the end of each book is a table where parts of the book appear in the liturgical calendar with a short interpretation of reading. Inside each book are these small articles that are brief tidbits that clarify or explain historical, moral and theological questions that strengthen your faith and lift your mind. If you want to improve your knowledge of the Bible and grow closer to our Lord God Read it all the more, spread the word!