Sunday, August 19, 2018

Bible Study and Homily Preparation: Two Important Resources

Women's Bible Commentary: Revised and Updated, edited by Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, and Jacqueline E. Lapsley
https://www.amazon.com/Womens-Bible-Commentary-Third-Revised/dp/066423707X
The Women's Bible Commentary is a trusted, classic resource for biblical scholarship, written by some of the best feminist scholars in the field today. This twentieth anniversary edition features brand new or thoroughly revised essays to reflect newer thinking in feminist interpretation and hermeneutics. It comprises commentaries on every book of the Bible, including the apocryphal books; essays on the reception history of women in the Bible; and essays on feminist critical method. The contributors raise important questions and explore the implications of how women and other marginalized people are portrayed in biblical texts, looking specifically at gender roles, sexuality, political power, and family life, while challenging long-held assumptions. This commentary brings modern critical methods to bear on the history, sociology, anthropology, and literature of the relevant time periods to illuminate the context of these biblical portrayals and challenges readers to new understandings.


Catholic Introduction to the Bible
https://catholicproductions.com/blogs/blog/a-catholic-introduction-to-the-bible?utm_source=Catholic+Productions+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1ea507f237-catholic-intro-to-bible_WC2018_08_17_PR_S_0&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7646e5b745-1ea507f237-130873081&goal=0_7646e5b745-1ea507f237-130873081&mc_cid=1ea507f237&mc_eid=5c7c469574

Dr. Brant Pitre, introduces his latest book, co-authored with Dr. John Bergsma, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible (Volume 1: The Old Testament).

Dr. Pitre provides some ideas on how to approach and utilize this book depending on the application you may be using it for.

You can find this book at:
https://amzn.to/2L0gkwc


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.

You can find other Bible studies by Dr. Brant Pitre here.

You can find other Bible studies by Dr. John Bergsma here.

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