Description: 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.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology
Review by Sonya S. Cronin
Citation: Sonya S. Cronin, review of Scott Hahn, Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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