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A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament Hardcover – September 15, 2018
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"A remarkable achievement. Substantive and systematic, it integrates history, theology, faith, reason, Scripture, and tradition—all in light of the living authority of the Church."
— Most Rev. Robert Barron, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Founder, Word on Fire Ministries
"Truly a magnificent achievement. It offers one of the most desperately needed elements of a renewed biblical pedagogy, the restoration of the Old Testament to its rightfully indispensable place in the life of the Church."
— John C. Cavadini, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
"This book far outpaces the competition with its historical erudition and liturgical depth."
— Matthew Levering, Ph.D., James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary
"Uses the tools of solid historical-critical methodologies and is deeply rooted in the patristic and medieval exegetical tradition. This work will prove to be an invaluable resource."
— Rev. James Wehner, S.T.D., Rector-President, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans
"This is the introduction to the Old Testament I’ve been waiting for! It is up-to-date, erudite yet accessible, succinct yet thorough, and most importantly, it responds to the Church’s call for biblical scholarship done from a hermeneutic of faith."
— Mary Healy, Ph.D., Professor of Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit
"A comprehensive guide to navigating the Old Testament that synthesizes the best of historical-critical research, the history of interpretation across the centuries, and the living faith of God’s people."
— Rev. Christopher Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D., Associate Dean, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
"With lucid writing and scholarly attention, Bergsma and Pitre unpack the Scripture—acknowledging academic debates but always embracing magisterial teaching. Stupendous!"
— Rev. Dr. George E. Schultze, S.J., President-Rector, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA
"What sets this introduction to the Old Testament apart from many others is its integrated approach."
— Pablo T. Gadenz, S.T.D., Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Seton Hall University
"Comprehensive in scope, this judicious and magisterial volume, replete with extensive bibliographies, will be used in classrooms for years to come."
— Mark Giszczak, S.S.L., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, Augustine Institute
"While written for Roman Catholics, this volume offers Protestants clear introductions to texts they rarely read and to the hermeneutic that underlies Roman Catholic theology."
— Daniel I. Block, D.Phil., Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Wheaton College
"Carefully researched and...of benefit to biblical scholars of all kinds. The authors are judicious in...the way they deal with critical issues of composition and interpretation."
— Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"This clear and remarkably thorough resource introduces the books belonging to the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament with insight and interpretive balance."
— Roy E. Gane, Ph.D., Professor of Hebrew Bible, Andrews University
About the Author
Brant Pitre, (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He is the author of Jesus and the Last Supper, The Case for Jesus, and Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.
John Bergsma, (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), is Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Senior Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is the author of The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran (VTSup 115; Brill 2007)
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I love that this book is not only for Priests, seminarians, scholars, theologians, and catechists, it is also for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.
TWO SUPER COOL FEATURES:
- at the end of each book is a chart where the parts of the book appear in the liturgical calendar with a brief interpretation of the reading.
- inside each book are these brief articles that are little tidbits that help clarify or explain historical, moral, and theological difficulties that strengthen your faith and lift your mind.
If you want to deepen your knowledge of the Bible and grow closer to our Lord - Read this and start spreading the Word!
I had hoped by now to see the Old Testament Study Bible, from Ignatius, but it has been years in the making, and still no ETA. Absent that volume, this book, though quite different in approach (and more detailed, I think) arrives at an excellent time.
A word of warning though, it's on the heavy side and it's quite big so I don't think I can carry it with me, it kinda looks like a home Bible in terms of size and weight.
As far as the content, I haven't finished it yet, but from my experience Dr. Pitre always has a lot to contribute.
Overall if it's anything like Pitre's "The case for Jesus" then it is definitely one of the best purchases I've made through amazon.
So the book is well balanced and seems to strive to keep in mind not only the latest research and scholarly information, but it also provides a bit of background into the cultures, languages and myths that lie behind many of the referneces in the Bible.
I think the biggest strength is its attempt to keep an impartial view as much as it can. On the other hand, this means that some books do not get as indepth a treatment as possible, specially toward the end of the book.
That being said, it's definitely full of insights for those of us who have not formerly studied the ANE, and it does so from a perspective that is not afraid of being open to the faith.
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I have read many books since then but this book is so impressive that I have come back from reviewing retirement to share this with you.
This is a special book. One for those who love the Bible and one that non-Catholic Christians can also share and enjoy.
What is it? Let me tell you - 1060 large elegantly bound and typeset pages (in good sized print on cream durable paper) filled with graduate level scholarship on each book of the Old Testament.
And yet, it is accessible, it is charismatic, it is filled to the brim with knowledge and after 1060 pages leaves you looking for more.
What a tragedy if only academics or specialist clerical scholars were to read this book. This book is for you, the believing Christian who wants to know more and to love God with all your heart, mind and soul.
This is the book that will guide you and make you *want* to read the Old Testament.
Each book of the Old Testament is analysed under key headings
1. The Literary Genre - what type of book you are reading
2. The Outline - the internal logic to the structure of the book
3. The Overview - taking each section into bite-sized chunks with inspired and encouraging comment
4. The Commentary - the history, the theology, the living tradition and impact of the book in the New Testament
5. Worship - how has this book been used in Mass readings - what passages, what feast days and why!
6. Further reading - drawing on the best academic scholarship, catholic and beyond.
The price is an absolute bargain for the inspired content therein. Thank you John Bergsma and Brant Pitre and Ignatius Press. This is one magnum opus, what an achievement!
To the reader, you will not regret buying this book. God Bless!
Pro: catholic - well researched - speaks about relevant contents (questions that normal people have, if they read the bible) - interesting digressions - really helps you to understand the biblical roots of the catholic faith - counters well the liberal arguments against the reliability of the bible - relatively easy to read...
For theologians as non-theologians a great enrichment!