Bible Basics for Catholics

Bible Basics for Catholics

A New Picture of Salvation History 

Author: John Bergsma

Foreword by: Scott Hahn

Price: $15.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-291-3

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: April 23, 2012

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From biblical scholar John Bergsma—two-time Teacher of Year at Franciscan University of Steubenville—comes Bible Basics for Catholics, a fresh, fun, and authentically Catholic introduction to the “big picture” of salvation history.

This overview of the Bible is based on Bergsma’s wildly popular introduction to theology course at Franciscan University, where he is a colleague of popular author Scott Hahn. Using the skills that have made him a great teacher, Bergsma combines sound theology, academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and an endearing playfulness to draw readers into the connection between the great stories of the Bible and salvation in Jesus. Central to the book’s themes are Bergsma’s signature illustrations of key biblical characters, which are simple, yet surprisingly profound and help readers understand complex biblical ideas.

Those looking for a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and its great figures will find this book to be an easily accessible and enlightening resource. Even those who are well-versed in the stories of the Bible will find Bergsma's approach to salvation history to be an attractive new look at old stories.


"A basic, non-intimidating overview of the Bible."

"Even though this is a basic, non-intimidating overview of the Bible, the author is not afraid to deepen our appreciation of Scripture by occasionally introducing some important technical terms and Hebrew and Greek words, always explaining them thoroughly and understandably."

National Catholic Register

"Clarity and depth."

"John Bergsma is a very effective teacher of Scripture with a gift for clarity and depth."

Scott Hahn
Author of The Lamb's Supper

"Highly recommended."

"John Bergsma brings his biblical scholarship, pastoral heart, and gift for teaching together in this charming, easy-to-use overview of Salvation History. Highly recommended."

Edward Sri
Chancellor and Professor of Scripture and Theology
Augustine Institute

"Fresh, engaging, and truly instructive."

"Let award-winning teacher John Bergsma guide you through a high-energy and entertaining walk through the Bible, illustrated with his own charming drawings. So fresh, engaging, and truly instructive that you will find yourself smiling as you read it, and you'll be amazed at what you retain."

Elizabeth Scalia
The Anchoress at

"A treasure."

"A treasure to give people who are serious about Bible study but don’t have a lot of time or an extensive scriptural study background. I will strongly recommend it to all my radio listeners."

Sr. Ann Shields
Host of Food for the Journey

"This book can change lives."

"It would be worth it to go back to college just to learn from a master teacher like Bergsma. This book saves us the tuition and the trip to faraway Ohio. Instead, we go by way of history and imagination to the Holy Land, and to times long past, and we meet the most fascinating people who ever lived: Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus. We can do all this because of Bergsma’s rare gifts. This book can change lives."

Mike Aquilina
Author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

"Acutely necessary."

"A splendid book, and acutely necessary. Every time an evangelical tries to use the Bible to attack the Church, we now have a good, accessible volume with which to respond."

Michael Coren
Author of Why Catholics Are Right

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