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 non-experts, 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.

About the Authors

Brant Pitre, (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. He is the author of Jesus and the Last Supper, The Case for Jesus, and Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.

John Bergsma, (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame), 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 The Jubilee from Leviticus to Qumran

Product Details

1060 Pages
Book size: 5.25" x 8"
Published year: 2018

Praise for A Catholic Introduction to the Bible

“A remarkable achievement. Substantive and systematic, it integrates history, theology, faith, reason, Scripture, and tradition—all in light of the living authority of the Church.”
Most Rev. Robert Barron, S.T.D., Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Founder, Word on Fire Ministries

“Truly a magnificent achievement. It offers one of the most desperately needed elements of a renewed biblical pedagogy, the restoration of the Old Testament to its rightfully indispensable place in the life of the Church.”
John C. Cavadini, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

“This book far outpaces the competition with its historical erudition and liturgical depth.”
Matthew Levering, Ph.D., James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

“Uses the tools of solid historical-critical methodologies and is deeply rooted in the patristic and medieval exegetical tradition. This work will prove to be an invaluable resource.”
Rev. James Wehner, S.T.D., Rector-President, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans


Dr. John Bergsma and Dr. Brant Pitre

Reviews (2)

  • A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

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  • A Catholic Introduction to the Bible; The Old Testament

    Chris Appleyard Dec 17th 2020

    Have only begun to scratch the surface of this amazing book, but already it has helped me in bringing to life readings for our RCIA group during Breaking Open the Word. Marrying the best of the historical critical findings with the beauty and truth of the theology has for me, opened up a whole new way of looking at a particular story or book on its own and as part of the lectionary. I know the book states it was written for seminarians and graduate students, and while I was a graduate student, this book is written so clearly and concisely, that anyone with a working knowledge of scripture will benefit from it. It will make the Old Testament far more accessible, especially those books that prove a stumbling block, Leviticus for example, and the Sunday readings more meaningful. If you are interested in scripture, if you lead Bible studies or catechize in a parish ministry, this is a must have. I cannot wait for the next installment...The New Testament. It will go right next to my Jewish Annotated New Testament:)

    Chris Appleyard Dec 17th 2020

A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

  • Readable, in-depth answers to all your Old Testament questions
  • A thorough and up-to-date introduction to the Old Testament
  • Contains unique insights, maps, illustrations, and other reference materials
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