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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd (24 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232526745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232526745
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Letter and Spirit ""What is different about reading the Bible in a classroom and hearing it read in Church? That is the question Scott Hahn addresses in this lively and informative book. His answer is that when the Bible is read in Christian worship it becomes the living Christ present in the midst of his people. In crisp and concise prose, "Letter and Spirit" offers an introduction to the history, theology, and present liturgical practice of the Christian reading of the Scriptures in the Eucharist. After reading Hahn, one will never doze when the Scriptures are read in Church." --Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of the History of Christianity, University of Virginia; author of "The Spirit of Early Christian Thought;" and past president of the North American Patristic Society "The spirit of the great theologians Danielou and Congar breathes anew in this work of Dr. Scott Hahn. "Letter and Spirit" promises to become a classic in the revitalization of the liturgical renewal begun by Vatican II." --Very Reverend Kurt Belsole, O.S.B. Rector, Saint Vincent Seminary "This is a most important book and needs to be very carefully read and studied. Every devout Catholic should be spiritually fed by Scripture and liturgy. Obviously these two are meant to go together. In ways that you probably have never thought of, Scott Hahn brings the two together and relates them in a most integrated way. This book could be a new vista in your own spiritual life." --Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR, author of "In the Presence of the Lord" "An appealingly fresh retrieval of the art of reading and living Scripture through the lens of liturgy and worship. ParaphrasingSt. Francis de Sales, Hahn offers us the Bible, not so much as read, but as sung. Scholars will find biblical and theological acuteness; students and general readers, excellent scholarship expressed in friendly ways. Highly recommended." --Dr. William Thompson-Uberuaga, Professor of Theology, Duquesne University, and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America "Scott Hahn's new book, "Letter and Spirit," betokens the resurgence of the art of mystagogy--the spiritual exegesis of the liturgy. A late blossom on the stem of the twentieth-century 'Ressourcement, ' it will help to heal the eyes with which we read Holy Scripture. This has to be one of Scott Hahn's very best books--one that will excite scholars and nonspecialists in equal measure." --Stratford Caldecott, G. K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture, Oxford "This is a wonderful book . . . Hahn's exposition is lucid, accessible to any serious layperson, and a wonderful synthesis and summation concerning what it means to 'pray the Scriptures' in a life-transforming way." --Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Depending on whom you talk to, Scott Hahn is either a hero or a turncoat. He was raised Presbyterian, and was even on the fast track to be president at a Presbyterian seminary when he began to doubt two protestant mainstays: `by scripture alone' and `by faith alone'. So he did what any academically trained person would do, he decided to research and went back to school to do a master's in Roman Catholic thought, eventually converting to Catholicism. Since then, he has been a prolific writer and speaker on things Catholic, and why the catholic faith is the one true valid faith.

This book is part academic treatise and part faith discovery. Hahn states in the introduction that he is writing this book for both his university students, and for the general population - readers of his many popular books on things Catholic.

Letter and Spirit is a study of how scripture is central to the mass, and how the eucharistic life is central to the word. It is a study of scripture and liturgy. The book shows a clear progression in the life of the faithful from receiving the written word to the living word in the liturgy. "Liturgy is the very place of our interpretive nearness to the ancients. In our present is our beginning." p.11 So we need the form and structure of mass to help scripture to be more meaningful to our lives. "From the beginning, the two have been united indissolubly. Scripture is for liturgy, and scripture is about liturgy." p.34 So, with only one or the other, our experience of faith would be missing.

Hahn shows us that the word is God's plan for us: "In God's plan of salvation, the Bible leads God's people to the liturgy. The written text of scripture becomes the living word of God.
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