For both Christians and Jews, the texts of the Bible are not simply records of historical events. They are intended, through public recitations in churches and synagogues, to bring listeners and readers into the sweeping story of redemption as it unfolds in the Bible. Focusing on the Catholic Mass, Hahn describes how God's Word is meant to open our eyes to the life-giving power of the sacraments, and how the liturgy brings about the "actualization" of the saving truths of Scripture.
Letter and Spirit is a stunningly original contribution to the field of biblical studies and will help Hahn's many loyal and enthusiastic readers (and listeners) understand the relationship between the Bible and the Mass in a deeper way.
©2005 Scott Hahn; (P)2006 Recorded Books
This is a very good read. Hahn's work lends itself to an audio format because he is so thorough in emphasizing his themes. Hahn demonstrates the connection between liturgy and the bible so strongly that the book is refreshing for those catholics who sit through Mass each week; perhaps losing sight of the splendor of the Mass. Hahn reminds us of the power of the Word in Liturgy and how it has a supernatural effect. Strongly recommend it for catholics or for those thinking of becoming catholic or finally for those who are interested in understanding catholic worship.
The only reason I have given this a 4 star, instead of a 5 star rating is that it's deeply technical. The only other Hahn book I have read was "The Lamb's Supper" and I found that book to be attainable for most anyone who had an interest in and grasp on scripture and a familiarity with the Mass. This book digs deeper and deals mostly in typologies. It is thick in quotations from other scholarly works and the Church Fathers, and is not an easy listen for the casual listener. If you are ready to kick up the level of your study, then you've found a book you can really dive deep into. If you are a casual listener looking for an enlightening but easy to stomach book then I'd hold off on this one for now.
Informative, told through the eyes of a very personable perspective. I enjoyed listening to it and will listen again (and maybe more)
Yes, but was not able to.
More scholrly than Hahn's other works, but certainly easy enough to grasp. Historically accurate.
Catholic in progress
Yes, I'll listen to it many times in the future. I read this book several years ago shortly after I reverted to the Catholic Church after 7 years in Bible only land. I didn't understand it then, so I took a chance on getting it for my drive to and from work. It was worth the risk. I understood it this time and was able to take much of it to heart. It will take additional listens to glean more & every emersion will be well worth it.
The two halves of the Liturgy were brought to life. The Word read leads to the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the consummation of the Word. The Eucharist was present and celebrated for many years in the early Church before the first letters of the NT were ever written. In fact in the New Testiment it never refers to itself as the New Testiment. Instead it reserved that title for the Eucharist. Come see what the early Church thought about it... I dare you!
I thought it was well read. Sometimes, I forgot and thought that the author was reading the book because of the conviction and passion of the reader.
Goose bumps when new insights were garnered.
Loved it. Currently reading Scott Hahn's Consuming the Word. It's a continuation from the Lord's Supper with Letter & Spirit sandwiched in. It's more than a sandwich, it's a full coarse meal... dessert included!
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Scott Hahn presents theology in a very accessible and entertaining manner. In Letter and Spirit, he demonstrates how Scripture was created for use in the Liturgy, and how vital it is to be immersed in both.
I'm visually impaired and as a result, I can't read in the usual way. It's nice to Liston and not have to struggle to try and read, so this is a perfect solution for me.
It was a historic look at the faith and the traditional practices given to the children of god through out the ages.
It was god, because he is the only king of man and his legacy handed down trough the ages.
The lamb of god because
Not realey, the entire book was wonderful.
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