many Catholics are familiar with the four Gospels and other writings
of the New Testament, for most, reading the Old Testament is like
walking into a foreign land. Who wrote these forty-six books? When
were they written? Why were they written? What are we to make of
their laws, stories, histories, and prophecies? Should the Old
Testament be read by itself or in light of the New Testament?
Bergsma and Brant Pitre offer readable in-depth answers to these
questions as they introduce each book of the Old Testament. They not
only examine the literature from a historical and cultural
perspective but also interpret it theologically, drawing on the New
Testament and the faith of the Catholic Church. Unique among
introductions, this volume places the Old Testament in its liturgical
context, showing how its passages are employed in the current
Lectionary used at Mass.
to nonexperts, this thorough and up-to-date introduction to the Old
Testament can serve as an idea textbook for biblical studies. Its
unique approach, along with its maps, illustrations, and other
reference materials, makes it a valuable resource for seminarians,
priests, Scripture scholars, theologians, and catechists, as well as
anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible.