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The Old Testament (First Edition)

The Old Testament (First Edition)

Our Call to Faith and Justice 

Author: Daniel Smith-Christopher

Price: $24.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 288

Trim size: 8.5 x 11 inches

ISBN: 978-0-87793-721-0

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 15, 2004

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(c. 2005) This text has been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice offers high school students a comprehensive overview of the major themes, lessons, and people of the Old Testament. It covers the story of salvation from many perspectives including both the Catholic understanding of the scripture and how the original hearers of God's Word understood its meaning.

The text shows Jesus prefigured in the Old Testament, especially as Messiah and Savior, and chronicles the role of the Church in interpretation of scripture. It presents the Church as foreshadowed from the beginning of creation and prepared for in a remarkable way through the history of the people of Israel and by means of the Old Covenant.

Each chapter includes several special features:

  • Panel activities that help the students foster total learning in hands (service), hearts (prayer), and mind (academic challenges).
  • Review questions for each main section.
  • Several Journal Assignments for deeper thought and reflection.
  • Key vocabulary terms set off in margin panels.
  • A Learn by Doing project for each chapter that provides a longer-term assignment.
  • A Called to Prayer feature offering text from a prayer relevant to the chapter theme.

The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice includes a Catholic Handbook for Faith, an appendix with a wealth of information to help students review material they have covered in other religion courses. A complete glossary and index of key terms is also included.

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"Touches the intellect and the spirit."

"We chose to use The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice at Mater Dei High School because it is so well organized and it takes the reader through the Old Testament that touches both the intellect and the spirit. This text enables us to discover with our students the heart of the covenantal message of the Old Testament, which is faith and justice. In addition to the wonderful text, the Teacher's Wraparound Edition and the online resources are outstanding and a definite time-saver for teachers."

Jennifer Dennin, Theology Teacher
Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA

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