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Understanding The Scriptures: A Complete Course On Bible Study (The Didache Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1890177478
ISBN-10: 1890177474
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This book by Dr. Scott Hahn presents a Catholic approach to Scripture, highlighting the theme of covenant. Tracing a path through salvation history, the book explains the various books of the Bible and the importance of each event in salvation history. Understanding the Scriptures will provide an understanding of Sacred Scripture so critical to the Catholic Faith. The Didache Complete Course Series is a series of four high school textbooks, teacher's manuals, student workbooks, and teacher's answer guides published by Midwest Theological Forum. Each title spans one academic year. As of 2009, they were being used in about one-third Catholic high schools. This textbook is published with ecclesiastical approval from the Archdiocese of Chicago, and it has been granted conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Didache Series
  • Hardcover: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Midwest Theological Forum (April 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890177474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890177478
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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186 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Marie Lincoln on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just received a copy of Scott Hahn's "Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study." This is an incredible book! It's hardcover, 9 x 11 inches, 548 pages, full color (BEAUTIFUL) art masterpieces and photographs, maps, charts, timelines; and an attached ribbon bookmark (a nice touch) FOR ONLY $40.

After Hahn discusses what the Bible is, divine inspiration, salvation history, covenant, the canon, inerrancy, etc., he launches into a chronological study of the Bible. Study aids include supplementary reading, study questions, vocabulary, and practical exercises; quotations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church pepper the entire book.

The text employs typology and other exegetical tools throughout, and highlights the Bible's overarching theme of Covenant. It's all written in Hahn's inimitable and utterly engaging style. Lots of "Oh, wow, how cool" moments (if "cool" is appropriate in this context).

The book is part of the Didache Series, developed for "high school and adult education, RCIA, catechism classes, and home schooling."

Well. I could go on and on. I'll stop.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Carson Weber on May 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As the director of adult faith formation at a Catholic parish, I am using this text in tandem with the Bible as the textbook for a 9-month course on the Bible (30 classes, one class per chapter in this book). Our adults are devouring the material and *absolutely love* the content, layout, font, sacred art, diagrams, and beautiful photographs, which make this book such a fabulous resource for any student of the Bible.

I wholly recommend this text to all high school classrooms as well as to all parishes and organizations that wish to facilitate a complete course on the Sacred Scriptures in order to give the student a Catholic Scriptural worldview and an overview, a framework, by which one may understand Salvation History as mediated by the Bible.

Also, if you simply want to learn the Bible in the privacy of your own home - perhaps with your spouse or a friend - you should acquire a copy for yourself and read through it (perhaps one chapter per week). The chapters are short, easy-to-read, and full of amazing information.

If sitting on your coffee table, the textbook looks enticing, and I guarantee, from personal experience that visitors will open it up and start flipping through the pages to view the eye-catching, colorful pages. Then, you'll hear the question, "Where did you get this?? How can I get my hands on one?"
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By David Zampino VINE VOICE on December 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Honestly, this is the single most incredible Scripture textbook for High School aged students that I have ever seen in my life.

I was first made aware of this series about a month ago, when I learned that a local Catholic High School had chosen to use one of the titles. One of my closest friends, the theology teacher at my son's High School, then ordered the entire series.

As a professional theologian -- and as a professional educator -- I can only sit back and be amazed. This is simply the BEST one-volume introduction to Scripture that I have ever seen. It is faithful to the text, without denying the contributions of higher criticism. It is faithful to the Teaching of the Church. It is brilliantly illustrated and laid out. As someone who examines texts for a living -- it simply blew me away. I will be ordering a copy for my parish library as soon as possible. I only wish that a parish edition, suitable for CCD classes (and the limitations under which they labor) could be forthcoming.

Dr. Hahn has outdone himself.

Very, very highly recommended!
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Catholic mom on June 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This beautiful book is a must for every Catholic family. I know that it will be an important part of my family's homeschooling.

I won't detail the contents, since other reviewers will likely do so.

With so many Catholics realizing how little they know about their own faith, this book couldn't have come at a better time. The information is quite easy to read and is very accessible. For homeschooling (or adult renewal) the charts and graphs are extremely useful especially for those who have trouble connecting the scriptural dots.

Thank you, Scott Hahn. Keep 'em coming.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By V. Salazar on November 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just want to say that I love this book. Me and my husband bought it during the 1st Annual Catholic Scripture Study Conference 2006 in Charlotte, NC last April. We studied Bible with the International Catholic Bible Society (SOBICAIN)in Venezuela and we were looking for a compendium in English that could help us prepare ourselves to teach Bible studies in our parish. This book is so beautifully made that makes the excellent content and the visual design a delight for both intellect and spirit. And I admit it, we are also Dr. Hahn's big fans since we read his conversation story (Rome Sweet Home) and some other of his books (Hail Holy Queen, The lamb's Supper, Lord Have Mercy and his contribution to the books Catholic for a Reason). May God bless him and his family aboundantely because thanks to his books a lot of craddle catholics are coming back to the Church with a renewed faith and he's gaining countless of converts from other Christian denominations. I definetely recommend this book for both people seeking to study Bible for themselves or to teach a complete course in their parishes... and I don't give more stars because Amazon doesn't have more!!!!!
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