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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594712913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594712913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Let award-winning teacher John Bergsma guide you through a high-energy and entertaining walk through the Bible, illustrated with his own charming drawings. Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History is so fresh, engaging, and truly instructive that you will find yourself smiling as you read it, and you'll be amazed at what you retain." --Elizabeth Scalia, Blogger at The Anchoress


"John Bergsma is a very effective teacher of Scripture with a gift for clarity and depth." --Scott Hahn, Author of Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots


"John Bergsma brings his biblical scholarship, pastoral heart, and gift for teaching together in this charming, easy-to-use overview of Salvation History. Catechists, teachers, and pastoral ministers will find this an inestimable resource, both for their own reference, and for shepherding those under their care. Highly recommended." --Edward Sri, STD, Chancellor and Professor of Scripture and Theology, Augustine Institute


"We go by way of history and imagination to the Holy Land, and to times long past, and we meet the most fascinating people who ever lived: Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus. We can do all this because of John Bergsma's rare gifts. This book can change lives." --Mike Aquilina, Author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

About the Author

John Bergsma is an associate professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Twice voted Faculty of the Year by graduating classes at Franciscan University, Bergsma is a popular teacher whose love of Scripture inspires his students.

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It is written in a way that is not only easy to understand but very fun to read.
newcatholic
Bergsma provides new ways of looking at various elements of the story, none of which changed my understanding but rather, made my understanding fuller.
C. Appleyard
At only 180 pages, the book is a short read, but it is crammed with information.
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dominica on May 23, 2012
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If you have ever felt baffled by the Old Testament and wondered how it relates to the New Testament, this is the book for you. I've been a serious student of the Bible (at a layman's level) for nearly a decade, and I couldn't see the forest for the trees. After reading this book, the big picture of salvation history finally began to reveal itself to me.

The author is a convert to the Catholic faith from Protestantism. He is a professor of theology and has received honors for his outstanding teaching ability.

Bergsma has taken college-level concepts and packaged them in an entertaining and easy-to-read format with stick-figure drawings to illustrate his points. He bases his text around the Old Testament covenants God made with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David, all leading to fulfillment in the Eucharistic covenant of Jesus Christ. Through his discussion of these covenants, Bergsma covers the history of God's interaction with his people throughout the books of the Old Testament in a clear and compelling overview.

At only 180 pages, the book is a short read, but it is crammed with information. It is appropriate for teen-agers and adults. It is an excellent supplement to more detailed books on the Bible that you may be reading. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul on June 14, 2012
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I learned a lot from this book - especially the big picture. The author is very smart and knowledgeable about the bible but he writes in such a plain way that a normal person can understand him. Highly recommended
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay Frantz on July 26, 2012
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This book is to be highly recommended. It should be required text for any scripture course. John Bergsma puts into simple, eloquent and straightforward language the ties of the Old Testament in the New (and it is easily remembered). I can't recommend this book highly enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Brennan on January 25, 2013
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I am not a scholar and I need help to put the Bible in perpective. Sometimes I get confused with the Bible in the understanding the context and the concept of the parts to the whole ... this is especially true for me in the Old Testiment. I need a way to cut through the confusion. Now I can grasp the entire Bible as a Salvation Covenant Plan which Divinely inspires me. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jmcs on August 14, 2012
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What an excellent book and easy read. Bergsma goes through the entire Old Testament into the New explaning how it is all connected with uncomplicated language, explanations of Hebrew and Greek word meanings and simple drawings to help you remember what is being explained. Good for adults, teens and middle-schoolers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Nelson on June 19, 2013
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Dr. John Bergsma has written a detailed but understandable book on salvation history from a Catholic perspective. It helps us grasp the story of the Old Testament and how it points to and prefigures the New Covenant brought by Christ. Excellent for catechists who want to better explain typology and fulfillment in the New Testament. I highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Modoc Organ Gig on February 23, 2013
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Bergsma has a gift for making the complex simple. The stick figure drawings are a great memory device to reinforce what he has written in text. This book is a valuable tool for "cradle" Catholics, those inquiring into the faith, separated brethren, or anyone who wants a fabulous overview of The Holy Bible and God's plan for us.

Kudos to him. I'll be sharing my copy with others....or I may buy several and give them as gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Geneva on February 18, 2013
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This book taught me how to look at the entire bible as one big story from Genesis to Jesus; it shows how everything is connected and related through the many covenents. I feel as though I can, now, gain a better understanding of what I am reading when I read the events within any part of the bible by looking at it through the understanding of salvation history. This book is written in very simple and easy to read language which includes picture diagrams of the sequence within the time line; and I feel that even a child will able to understand it's simple explanation. This book ended my confusion.
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