A Catholic Introduction to the Old Testament

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Br. Anthony | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Oct 9 2018 9:26 AM

https://smile.amazon.com/Catholic-Introduction-Bible-Old-Testament/dp/1586177222/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539102224&sr=8-1&keywords=catholic+introduction+to+the+old+testament

This resource would be amazing to have in Verbum.  I have the hard copy with over 950 pages(!) of actual text.  This blows any and all competition out of the water.  I can't wait for the NT volume!

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 9 2018 11:32 AM

Yes

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 9 2018 2:08 PM

It looks like a great resource I hope we can get in in Verbum.

-dan

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Antonius | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 10 2018 5:54 AM

I have it in hardback also.  It is fantastic! I think Brant Pitre is one of the best teachers of the Bible.  We need MORE Brant Pitre in Verbum.

It is such a great book that I can not begin to think of reasons why it is not available for us already.

I do wonder if Faithlife is holding back some new titles until Logos/Verbum 8 is released...

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 10 2018 6:28 AM

Antonius:
It is such a great book that I can not begin to think of reasons why it is not available for us already.

Is it correct to say that it was published on September 15, 2018?  That may be why it is not in Logos yet.

Can you and others tell us more about Brant Pitre and what you have enjoyed about this commentary, what is unique about it?  I read what it says on Amazon and it certainly seems to offer a unique perspective.  Anything to add to what is written there?

Thanks

Mark

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Br. Anthony | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 10 2018 6:51 AM

They say in the first chapter ("The Vision of this Book") that the book takes an "integrated" approach, "uniting exegesis and theology, faith and reason, Scripture and Tradition, and the Old and New Testaments."  The best part is that they actually do it and a lot of it (~965 pages).

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DIsciple II | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 10 2018 3:18 PM

Yes I would support if this was added as a pre-publication title.

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 11 2018 6:25 AM

Mark:

Can you and others tell us more about Brant Pitre and what you have enjoyed about this commentary, what is unique about it?  I read what it says on Amazon and it certainly seems to offer a unique perspective.  Anything to add to what is written there?

One feature of this text that is particularly noteworthy (and which would be tremendous if integrated into Logos/Verbum) is the charts at the end of each chapter that list every passage from a given book that is used in the Lectionary (both for Sundays/Feast Days and for Daily Mass). See an example below:

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Oct 11 2018 11:09 AM

All very interesting.  Seems like it would be a good addition to a Logos Library.  Hope others have some input.

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Thank you Br. Anthony for this post and to all of you for your responses.

I am with all of you on the value of this book for Verbum.  Actually met and spent time with Brant in July at the Catholic Biblical Association's annual meeting.  He is a fantastic, engaging scholar and a stellar human being.  This and his other works are high on my list of titles to license for 2019.

Stay tuned....

Craig St. Clair | Verbum Product Manager |

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Oct 12 2018 6:54 PM

Craig St. Clair (Faithlife):
Stay tuned....

YesYes

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Future Prodigy | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 22 2019 6:02 PM

Any update on its status? Dare we hope it might arrive in 2020?

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Dec 27 2020 7:47 PM

Future Prodigy:

Any update on its status? Dare we hope it might arrive in 2020?

I'm hoping for 2021...

Vote here: https://feedback.faithlife.com/boards/logos-book-requests/posts/a-catholic-introduction-to-the-old-testament

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Mar 22 2021 12:56 PM

It should be noted that, in addition to being the best introduction to the Old Testament for Catholics in English, bar none, this work is also of potentially great value to non-Catholics who wish to learn how Catholics understand and interpret the Bible.

As a supplement to the three glowing recommendations presently displayed on the PDP from Bishop Robert Barron and Drs. John C. Cavadini and Matthew Levering, it seems worthwhile to post here others found originally on the publisher's website

"Uses the tools of solid historical-critical methodologies and is deeply rooted in the patristic and medieval exegetical tradition. This work will prove to be an invaluable resource."
Rev. James Wehner, S.T.D., Rector-President, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

"This is the introduction to the Old Testament I've been waiting for! It is up-to-date, erudite yet accessible, succinct yet thorough, and most importantly, it responds to the Church's call for biblical scholarship done from a hermeneutic of faith."
Mary Healy, Ph.D., Professor of Scripture, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit

"A comprehensive guide to navigating the Old Testament that synthesizes the best of historical-critical research, the history of interpretation across the centuries, and the living faith of God's people."
Rev. Christopher Ciccarino, S.S.L., S.T.D., Associate Dean, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

"With lucid writing and scholarly attention, Bergsma and Pitre unpack the Scripture—acknowledging academic debates but always embracing magisterial teaching. Stupendous!"
Rev. Dr. George E. Schultze, S.J., President-Rector, St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, CA

"What sets this introduction to the Old Testament apart from many others is its integrated approach."
Pablo T. GadenzS.T.D., Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Seton Hall University

"Comprehensive in scope, this judicious and magisterial volume, replete with extensive bibliographies, will be used in classrooms for years to come."
Mark Giszczak, S.S.L., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture, Augustine Institute

"While written for Roman Catholics, this volume offers Protestants clear introductions to texts they rarely read and to the hermeneutic that underlies Roman Catholic theology."
Daniel I. Block, D.Phil., Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Wheaton College [Protestant scholar]

"Carefully researched and...of benefit to biblical scholars of all kinds. The authors are judicious in...the way they deal with critical issues of composition and interpretation."
Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D., Professor of Old Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School [Protestant scholar]

"This clear and remarkably thorough resource introduces the books belonging to the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament with insight and interpretive balance."
Roy E. Gane, Ph.D., Professor of Hebrew Bible, Andrews University [Seventh-Day Adventist scholar]

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