Consuming the Word (Scott Hahn)

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The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church

Author: Hahn, Scott
Publisher: Random House Pages: 176
Binding: Hardcover

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.  

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Sacrament of the Scroll
Chapter 2: Before the Book
Chapter 3: The New Testament in the New Testament
Chapter 4: The New Testament After the New Testament
Chapter 5: The Original Setting of the New Testament
Chapter 6: The Church of the New Testament
Chapter 7: The Old Testament in the New Testament
Chapter 8: The Canon of the New Testament
Chapter 9: The New Testament and the Lectionary
Chapter 10: Trusting the Testaments: The Truth and Humility of the Word
Chapter 11: The New Testament and Christian Doctrine
Chapter 12: The Mysterious Plan in the New Testament
Chapter 13: The Sacramentality of Scripture
Chapter 14: The Testament at the Heart of the Church
Chapter 15: Coming Full Circle