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Priests, Prophets And Sages: Catholic Perspectives on the Old Testament (Catholic Perspectives) [Paperback]

By Leslie J. Hoppe (Author)
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What should we call the Old Testament and what books does it include? What does it say about God? Are the Israelites really the "chosen people"? How does God speak? Did everything in the Old Testament really happen? Was Jonah really swallowed by a great fish? What about all the violence? If you've every felt daunted by the idea of reading the Old Testament Scriptures, this book can ease your mind. Aimed to maintain the enthusiasm for Scripture inspired by the Second Vatican Council, this book addresses many commonly asked questions about the Old Testament. Let Leslie Hoppe help you bridge the gap between the culture of the ancient Israelites and ours today, Old Testament and New. Challenge yourself to be supported, encouraged and called to greater commitment and obedience by the oldest writings connected to our faith.

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"Catholics ought to read, study and pray with the Old Testament] books because their lives too are bound up with the very God who spoke through ancient Israel's priests, prophets and sages--the God who spoke finally and definitively through Jesus Christ."--from the Introduction
What should we call the Old Testament and what books does it include? What does it say about God? Are the Israelites really the "chosen people"? How does God speak? Did everything in the Old Testament really happen? Was Jonah really swallowed by a great fish? What about all the violence? How can the God in the Old Testament and the one Jesus preached about seem so different? How can we find meaning in these books?
If you've ever felt daunted by the idea of reading the Old Testament Scriptures, this book can ease your mind. Aimed to maintain the enthusiasm for Scripture inspired by the Second Vatican Council, "Priests Prophets and Sages" addresses many commonly asked questions about the Old Testament.
Each chapter includes questions for reflection and further reading, making this work a great resource for Bible study with your parish, family or by yourself.
Let Leslie Hoppe help you bridge the gap between the culture of the ancient Israelites and ours today, Old Testament and New. Challenge yourself to be supported, encouraged and called to greater commitment and obedience by the oldest writings connected to our faith.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   129
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 6.56" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2006
Publisher   Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Series  Catholic Perspectives  
ISBN  0867166975  
ISBN13  9780867166972  


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More About Leslie J. Hoppe


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LESLIE J. HOPPE, O.F.M., is professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. He has served as the chairperson of the Biblical literature and languages department and as the acting vice president and academic dean. He has also served on the faculties of Aquinas Institute of Theology and Mundelein Seminary.

Leslie J. Hoppe currently resides in the state of Illinois.

Leslie J. Hoppe has published or released items in the following series...
  1. International Theological Commentary
  2. New Collegeville Bible Commentary


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The Old Testament Connection  Mar 31, 2006
Hoppe, a professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, has written with the goal of showing the value of the Old Testament to believers "as they shape their lives of conversion in response to Jesus' proclamation of the Good News." He has accomplished that goal by presenting scholarly information in a way that interests and engages lay persons.

For example, the chapter on How Does God Speak contrasts the official and popular religions of the Chosen People. After citing a reference from Deuteronomy condemning "divination," Hoppe explains that the practice was based on the belief that messages from the gods are hidden in omens, and understanding the omens and the messages requires special skills. He goes into the history of divination, and describes archaeological evidence of some common omens and the meaning attached to them. The problem with divination in terms of religious practice is that its purpose was not simply to know the divine will, but to engage in ritual activities such as wearing an amulet or saying a prayer to avoid the evil "seen" by the diviner. Clearly this practice, though dressed in different terminology and rituals, can be seen in modern times, and deserves serious examination.

Chapter 6, Did All This Really Happen, explores an issue in today's news: creation science. As would be expected, Hoppe does a good job of addressing the topic and explaining the Church's position. In a more parochial matter, he offers a clear explanation, with examples, of the Christian "lectionary" with its three-year cycle of related Old and New Testament readings.

This is an excellent resource for individuals, catechists, homilists, and faith sharing groups.
 

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