Bible Basics for Catholics

A New Picture of Salvation History
Author: John Bergsma
Foreword by: Scott Hahn

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Format: Paperback

Publication 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.

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Pages: 224

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594712913

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “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 A History of the Church in 100 Objects

  • “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

  • “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

  • “My go-to resource for teaching Scripture.”

    Bible Basics for Catholics is the best resource in my classroom, hands down. It is my go-to resource for teaching Scripture and I tell all my students and their parents to add it to their library.”

    Katie Prejean McGrady
    Former Theology teacher at St. Louis Catholic High School, Lake Charles, Louisiana
    Author of Room 24, and Follow

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Salvation Story: An Evangelism Formation Series (St. Paul Street Evangelization)

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