on 10 July 2012
This book is full of beauty, Scripture and teaching. It was the companion volume to a podcast Bible Study ([...]) using the same chapters by Carlton Weber and I decided for my Lenten Observance during the Forty Days to read and study the Old Testament, as St Augustine told us, the New Testament 'lies hidden in the Old and the Old is revealed in the new'.The whole book is used as a text book for what people have called 'the Best Bible Study on the web'.
The depth of scholarship has transformed my understanding of Scripture, I know about the Covenants with Abraham, Noah and David and also in blue type the Catechism commmentary explaining and linking with the new.For example the story of the slavery of Joseph is given the Title 'God Turns Evil into an Instrument of Salvation' explaining how he saved his people and his own family from starvation.Natural Law, the Institution of the Jewish priesthood and how Catholicism grows out of early Jewish context. The podcast really made a great deal of it even clearer. The book with its full colour illustrations of beautiful pictures really adds to the joy of owning it.There are pictures of ancient scriptures in beautiful lettering, and psalms written out in full. The Covenants (Covenant I learned was the Hebrew equivalent of 'Testamentum'(latin) from which we get 'Testament'.These Covenants are studied in full, so we can see what Christ was to be. David was given a DYNASTY, a KINGDOM ,the King is given the title of Dod's adopted son, when annointed, Covenant unlimited in time and space, Jerusalem to be the centre of the world spiritually,the Temple would be the architectural sign of the Covenant and the literature of the Books of Wisdom were to be the new Torah.David's mother becomes the Great lady and important figure in the Kingdom, a prime minister, with the Office of the Keys is a permanent feature of the King and the Thank Offering of Bread and Wine becomes the main liturgy celebrated at the temple. This is an example of the study of the book, which draws exactly on David, his birthplace in Bethlehem, to point us to the New Testament, which later refers back to the Old.
There are colourful maps explaining the journeys of the early Nomadic people.It , explains the political background and upheavals etc with approximate BC dates, the meanings of the names (Elijah means 'The Lord is my God'for example ,and keeps as its main theme, God trying to keep his people away from idolatry. The Explanation of the plagues is very interesting, it is like plumbing a mine of meaning which made it all very interesting, in stead of boring and picks out the important themes.I did not know that the Greek word for 'overshadow' only appears twice in the Bible. The first time was when the Holy Spirit descended and entered into the Tabernacle containing the Ark of tthe Covenant and took residence there, the second time when, as the Angel Gabriel had told Mary the Holy Spirit would 'overshadow' her and she would producce the a child who would be God, in the second person of the Trinity, making her womb another Tabernacle veiling the face of God.In fact the Book of Joh in the Greek, chapter 1 says'he came down from heaven and was 'tabernacled' amongst us in the Greek language in which it was written. 'Dwellt' is only a poor Engllish translation.
Scott Hahn ([...])is a former Protestant who founded the St Paul Centre for Biblical Theology. He is a sought after speaker and teaches at the Franciscan University of Steubenville , lectures, speaks and also leads pilgrimages to the Holy Land.The book is a gem. I was put off by the price, but having received it found it to be that rare thing an heirloom and a great joy and source of deep, deep knowledge about Scripture.
on 30 January 2014
What a joy this book is. It is simply wonderful. The Bible is clearly explained and what makes it so good is that it relates clearly to the tradition of the church. Writtend primarily for Roman Catholics, nonetheless it is the most throrough yet clear book on Scripture that I have read. At the end of each section there is a questionnaire which is helpful in ensuring one grasps the full meaning of that piece of Scripture. The book itself is beautifully illustrated and so impressed me that, having bought a used copy, I am minded to buy the most expensive version. Scott Hahn, the editor, has a very simple and thorough method of teaching. A former Protestant and now Catholic he is able to draw on his experience of both tradition of the Faith. Would recommend this book as a present