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Big things come in small packages.
This book may look small, but it contains something very big inside: a profound summary of God’s plan in sacred scripture. Given the size of the Bible, and how much time and effort it takes to read it all the way through, a little help can go a long way. This book offers more than a little help.
In Bible Basics for Catholics, bestselling author and speaker John Bergsma provides Catholics with both the big picture of the Bible by focusing on the covenant story of God’s plan for all his sons and daughters. By employing a conversational style and simple illustrations throughout the book, Bergsma helps contemporary Catholics understand the ancient world of the Bible and discover how it is still meaningful for their lives today. Questions addressed in this book include:
What does the creation story reveal about the meaning of life?Why did God test Abraham so harshly?Why is King David such a big deal in the Bible?What is the difference between the New Covenant and the Eucharistic Covenant?
Explore the Many Covenants of Scripture, Including:
The Adamic Covenant
Like Adam, we are intended for relationship with another person, or perhaps better, for another Person. That’s the meaning for us of Adam’s status as “universal bridegroom.”
The Noahic Covenant
Noah and his family mark a new beginning for the human race. One may wonder, why just Noah? Why didn’t God save the rest of humanity from the flood? The New Testament reveals that Noah was the only one interested in being saved (Heb 11:7).
The Davidic Covenant
David had the gift of prophecy. He himself was aware of it. He says, “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me, his word is upon my tongue” (2 Sm 23:2). This prophetic gift was part of the “package” when he received the Holy Spirit as a young boy. For this reason, many of the Psalms of David are not only worship songs but prophecies.
The New Covenant
In the Mass, the Church combines Jeremiah’s phrase “New Covenant” with Ezekiel’s phrase “everlasting covenant” and says, “the new and everlasting covenant,” or “the new and eternal covenant,” which means the same. Ezekiel also mentions something very significant about this new, everlasting covenant: it will involve God setting his sanctuary in the midst of his people—in other words, a new temple to replace the old one that was destroyed by the Babylonians.
ASIN : 1594712913
Publisher : Ave Maria Press; Revised edition (October 2, 2015)
Language : English
Paperback : 224 pages
ISBN-10 : 1594713472
ISBN-13 : 978-1594713477
Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches