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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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Product Details

  • 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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By A Customer on November 12, 2001
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Sungenis is not for everybody. In fact, most of the people I know are not necessarily watering at the mouth for apologetics text books, and the few that are would prefer Scott Hahn or Pat Madrid to Sungenis. Why? Hahn and Madrid speak more down-to-earth, presupposing no knowledge on the part of the reader. Sungenis writes more for the scholar, presupposing some knowledge of the Greek language (i.e., he spells Greek words using the Greek alphabet, without providing English transliterations, as Hahn or Madrid might do).
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.
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Sungenis has written a comprehensive defense of Transubstantiation and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He has also analyzed those church fathers (Tertullian, Eusebius, Augustine, etc.) who use figurative language when discussing the Eucharist. Sungenis believes that these fathers were thereby simply employing spiritual applications of the Eucharist, and were in no way questioning the Real Presence. Of course, one needs a technical theological and historical background to assess the validity or otherwise of Sungenis' arguments.

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.
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I got this book because I saw the 'eucharist' in some protestant churches, reduced to mere symbolism. While I do believe in the 'real presence', but am not Catholic, so do not believe quite as Sungenis, I still have to give him 5 stars. I just think he did a super job of presenting his viewpoint. Some say it is a bit heavy on the 'scholarly' side, but I found it very well written, and not too hard to follow, even as a 'lay person'.
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By Melekali on January 10, 2005
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Sterile? I don't think so. Scholarly? You bet. Exhaustive? That's putting it lightly.

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!
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Robert Sungenis (born 1955), is the founder of the Bellarmine Theological Forum and Catholic Apologetics International. He has written very important works of Roman Catholic apologetics such as Not by Faith Alone: A Biblical Study of the Catholic Doctrine of Justification, Not by Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura, and How Can I Get to Heaven?: The Bible's Teaching on Salvation-Made Easy to Understand. He has also been criticized for making anti-Jewish remarks, as well as for advocating Geocentrism (i.e., that the Sun revolves around the Earth, and not vice versa; see his book Galileo Was Wrong: The Church Was Right).

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...
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