Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

by Scott Hahn
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Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church by Scott Hahn

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.  


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307590824
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 413,069
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

DR. SCOTT W. HAHN holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s SupperReasons to Believe, and Rome Sweet Home (co-authored with his wife, Kimberly) and is editor of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible and Letter & Spirit: A Catholic Journal of Biblical Theology. Some of his most recent books are Many Are Called, Hope for Hard TimesThe Catholic Bible Dictionary, and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.




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Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Dr. Hahn gets better with each book he writes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Hahn is always amazing, and this is no exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scott Hahn has another winner on his hands. This is an excellent read and a quick one. As Scott points out the Word is present in both the written and the consumed proclamation. From the Old Testament breath of life written about and present in the spirit of man's existence to the New Testament Word spoken and in the consumed flesh of Jesus we find, in Dr. Hahn's presentation, the truth of God's scriptural witness. THis book is a must read for Catholics and Christians who desire to know the truth of God's scriptures and for proclaimers of God's Holy WORD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well Scott Hahn has done it again. Consuming the written Word means consuming the Word made flesh who dwelt amongst us. The truth comes by hearing. The proclamation of the gospel at the Mass was where people heard the Word and consumed the Word. Hahn point out that the very words 'New Testament' - kaine diatheke - could better be translated as permanent covenant. And when do we first hear of Jesus using the words 'he kaine diatheke"'? In 1st Cor when St Paul explains how Jesus said of the bread he was sharing 'This is the cup of the new covenant'. Hahn argues that "What the first Christians knew as the 'New Testament' was not a book, but the Eucharist...The New Testament was a sacrament at least a generation before it was a document". This is a great book for both Catholics and non Catholics.