Kresta in the Afternoon – December 17, 2018 – Hour 2

  • Description: 2018 Countdown Day 1

+  2018 Countdown #34: A Catholic Introduction to the Old Testament (Pt 2)

  • Description: The Catholic content of the Old Testament is far too rich and complex to understand in a year of study, much less a one-hour interview. Nevertheless we’ll continue our look at the topic, this time with John Bergsma.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. John Bergsma
      John Bergsma is professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He is the author of many books and co-wrote A Catholic Introduction to the Bible. He has also written "Yes, there is a God...and other answers to Life's Big Questions" and "Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History."
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    • A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

      Although many Catholics are familiar with the four Gospels and other writings of the New Testament, for most, reading the Old Testament is like walking into a foreign land. Who wrote these forty-six books? When were they written? Why were they written? What are we to make of their laws, stories, histories, and prophecies? Should the Old Testament be read by itself or in light of the New Testament? John Bergsma and Brant Pitre offer readable in-depth answers to these questions as they introduce each book of the Old Testament. They not only examine the literature from a historical and cultural perspective but also interpret it theologically, drawing on the New Testament and the faith of the Catholic Church. Unique among introductions, this volume places the Old Testament in its liturgical context, showing how its passages are employed in the current Lectionary used at Mass. Accessible to nonexperts, this thorough and up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament can serve as an idea textbook for biblical studies. Its unique approach, along with its maps, illustrations, and other reference materials, makes it a valuable resource for seminarians, priests, Scripture scholars, theologians, and catechists, as well as anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the Bible. (learn more)

    • Psalm Basics for Catholics: Seeing Salvation History in a New Way

      In his third back-to-basics look at the Bible, popular theology professor and bestselling Catholic author and speaker John Bergsma highlights the presence of Jesus in the psalms and helps us understand their meaning in light of the story of salvation. Bergsma employs the same conversational style and simple illustrations found in Bible Basics for Catholics and New Testament Basics for Catholics to help bridge the gap between the world of contemporary Catholics and the ancient world of the Bible. In Psalm Basics for Catholics, John Bergsma introduces us to King David, the story of Israel, and the salvation of the Jewish people through the coming of Jesus. For more than two thousand years, Christians have sung, chanted, and prayed the psalms, a practice of worship inherited from our Jewish ancestors in faith. Whether prayed during Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, or in personal reflection, these ancient hymns continue to be a guiding light for Catholics. Yet rarely do we step back and look at how the psalms fit into the story of salvation revealed in the Bible the way Bergsma does here. Bergsma also addresses common questions about the psalms, including

      • Do the psalms really predict Jesus?
      • What do we make of the so-called curse psalms?
      • Why do we pray the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours?
      • How do I read and pray the psalms?
      Bergsma's insightful, practical examination of the psalms helps Catholics see how their promise is fulfilled in Christ. (learn more)

    • Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic

      The Pope, devotion to Mary, confession ... just where are these topics in the Bible? Why does the Catholic Church seem to focus on so many things that aren't Scriptural? Or so thought former Protestant pastor John Bergsma. Stunned by Scripture: How the Bible Made Me Catholic is an engaging examination of the things Dr. Bergsma once considered obstacles to ever becoming Catholic himself. Over an eighteen-month spiritual journey, Bergsma was stunned again and again by the biblical support he found for even the stickiest teachings of the Catholic Church. Weaving his personal story into clear explanations of Catholic teachings as found in Scripture, Dr. Bergsma explores seven key Catholic doctrines, including:

        • The Pope
        • Devotion to Mary
        • Confession
        • The Eucharist
        • The priesthood
        • Belief in the Bible alone
        • Salvation by faith alone theologies
      Stunned by Scripture will help Catholics understand, defend, and explain the biblical basis for the Faith and show them how the Bible solidly supports even the most frequently misunderstood Catholic teachings. (learn more)

    • Yes, There Is a God. . . and Other Answers to Life’s Big Questions

      How many times have you wanted to convey to someone the joy and excitement of the basic gospel messagebut stumbled in the process? Here is a book that explains the kerygmathe proclamation of the gospelin a simple way. Dr. Bergsma, a professor at Franciscan University and noted biblical scholar, uses both words and illustrations to tell the story of the Bible. In this short book, he brings the gospel to life for believers and nonbelievers alike. Readers will want to buy multiple copies of this book to give away to friends and family so that they can truly understand the amazing good news of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus. (learn more)

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