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: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-291-3

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: October 2, 2015

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John Bergsma’s popular Bible Basics for Catholics, which has sold more than 60,000 copies, offers readers an accessible vision of salvation history as it unfolds in the Bible, showing readers how the Bible points us to the saving life and work of Jesus. This new edition includes an additional chapter on covenant fulfillment in the Book of Revelation.

Bergsma brings to his theology a combination of academic expertise, pastoral wisdom, and unique playfulness. Bible Basics for Catholics is based on Bergsma’s popular Introduction to Theology course at Steubenville. As a teacher, Bergsma has an uncanny ability to make complex ideas understandable and faith-inspiring while staying true to both Catholic teaching and biblical scholarship. Readers will begin to see the Christian understanding of salvation by walking through the Old Testament, going through the great stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, the great kings and prophets of Israel, and culminating in the person and work of Jesus Christ.


"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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