Consuming the Word

Consuming the Word

The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

Book - 2013
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From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life comes an illuminating work that unlocks the many mysteries of the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist.

Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass.
 
This simple and demonstrable historical fact has enormous implications for the way we read the Bible. In  Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist  in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity's most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers. Moreover, at a time when the Church is embarking on a New Evangelization he draws lessons for Christians today to help solidify their understanding of the why it is Catholics do what Catholics do.
 
Anyone acquainted with the rich body of writing that flows so inspiringly from the hand and heart of Dr. Hahn knows that he brings profound personal insight to his demonstrated theological expertise," writes Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the foreword to the book.  Consuming the Word continues in that illustrious tradition.  It brings us a powerful and welcome guide as we take our place in the great and challenging work in sharing the Good News.
Publisher: New York : Image, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307590817
030759081X
Branch Call Number: 234.163
BV825.3 .H34 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 159 pages ; 21 cm

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Oct 12, 2017

This short book is an examination of the role of Scripture in the early Church, particularly highlighting the connection between Scripture and the Divine Liturgy, the unity between the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ, the Word of God as He is proclaimed in the Scriptures, and the Word of God as He is received in the Eucharist. Hahn draws upon a wide range of patristic and contemporary sources, but his purpose is less scholarly than devotional, and transparently personal - himself drawn deeper into the interconnected mysteries of the Bible and the Mass, he hopes to draw the reader in with him.

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