- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Queenship Publishing Company (February 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579181244
- ISBN-13: 978-1579181246
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not by Bread Alone: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for the Eucharistic Sacrifice of the Catholic Mass Paperback – February, 2000
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If you're still with me, if you're still interested, if you still want to roll up your sleeves and deepen your faith, then hear me telling you to get this book. In fact, get the whole trilogy (Not by Bread Alone, Not by Scripture Alone, and Not By Faith Alone). This book goes through the Old Testament, then the New Testament, then to history itself. Sungenis examines Eucharistic passages with a microscope, highlighting cross references, original language, interpretations offered by the opposition, and refutations of the opposition for each passage. He ends by looking to the Early Church to see how they interpreted the doctrine of the Eucharist.
If you're a Catholic, you need this book to strengthen your own faith, make you appreciate the mass more, and give you some good defense for your beliefs. If you're not Catholic, then you should at least consider what Sungenis offers (if you're open-minded that is - if you're just out to refute anything a Catholic has to say, there are several other books you can attack that are much cheaper than this one), and see if what he says is true.
It's a technical, scholarly work, but if you're serious about worshiping God with your heart AND your mind, then you need to get this book and start getting dirty.
Sungenis defends the view that the latter half of John 6, wherein the Lord tells His disciples to eat His Body and drink His Blood, is a reference to Holy Communion, and not simply a continuation of His Bread of Life discourse of the first part of this chapter (where He uses the eating of bread figuratively to represent believe in Him). Sungenis cites Bultmann's contention that the latter part of John 6 was a later addition by the early church for the purpose of supporting the Real Presence in the Eucharist. But the fact is that Bultmann believed that virtually ALL of the Gospels were simply bits and pieces of early church teachings stuck together. Liberal theologians like Bultmann would furthermore have us believe that almost none of the Lord's teachings and actions are found in the Gospels. According to Bultmann, the Lord never had a Last Supper and never instituted the Eucharist. The church invented these myths long after Jesus and attributed it to Him. For these reasons, Sungenis' citation of Bultmann with regards to the latter part of John 6, and as a defense of Transubstantiation and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, is inappropriate and somewhat disingenuous. If Bultmann is correct, the Last Supper and the Eucharist are inauthentic.
For those reading this who have not read Robert Sungenis, he is meticulous and tedious to a fault. If you want to explore the exhaustive depths of an issue he has covered, you will want it. If you want an hour read by which you can glean snippets to stump others, don't bother. Why? I'll tell you.
He goes for it. When you think Sungenis has totally and utterly exausted and annilated the particular idea or verse or word study, he brings more. I think he's brillant. I'm also kinda geeky and weird. I do fix computers for a living so I have an excuse to be so. I don't know if there are a handful like me who will admit all that to an unknown, online audience.
Fact of the matter is, if you want to exhaust the subject Sungenis sets his mind upon, you gotta get it. Then later you can go back to it as often as you like and learn something new you missed the first million times. If you do not want to do too indepth a study, skip and go on to someone else. But Sungenis MISSES NOTHING!
He wrote in his Preface to this 2000 book, "this book has been written for three reasons: Firstly, it is written for the Catholic so that he can learn to appreciate... the meaning of the Mass... Secondly, it has been written to answer the writings of various modern Catholic theologians who, having reinterpreted the Council of Trent, claim that the substantial presence of Christ does not exist in the Eucharist... Thirdly, this book has been written for non-Catholics, since many, not having understood the Catholic Mass, have maligned it and called it everything from blasphemous to superstitious...Read more ›
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Let's go, seek and prostate ourselves to the Eucharistic Lord!
Excellent job, Robert!
As with his other Not By books, this leaves no stone unturned. For a an uneducated guy like me, my copy is dog-eared. Read morePublished on October 18, 2004 by T. Mackel
Not only is this the best, most thorough work of its kind, but if all Catholic priests had to master it and use it to teach about both the Real Presence and the necessaity of... Read morePublished on June 19, 2004
This book is an excellent treatment of the Catholic doctrine of the Mass. Sungenis provides solid background behind the belief in covenant between God and man, and how this theme... Read morePublished on May 16, 2004
Let me say quickly:Apparently that last reviewer doesn't know what a fundamentalist is. That's the only way I can account for such a stupid comment.
As for the book! Read more
All of the books written (or edited) by Robert Sungenis are all basically in the same vein. Slowly cover every inch of ground Biblically, linguistically and historically; then,... Read morePublished on September 9, 2003 by bill_the_great