• Consuming the Word

  • The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church
  • By: Scott Hahn
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (168 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper and Signs of Life comes an illuminating work that unlocks the many mysteries of the Catholic sacrament of the Eucharist.

Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass.

This simple and demonstrable historical fact has enormous implications for the way we read the Bible. In Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity's most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers. Moreover, at a time when the Church is embarking on a New Evangelization he draws lessons for Christians today to help solidify their understanding of the why it is Catholics do what Catholics do.

Anyone acquainted with the rich body of writing that flows so inspiringly from the hand and heart of Dr. Hahn knows that he brings profound personal insight to his demonstrated theological expertise,” writes Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the foreword to the book.  Consuming the Word continues in that illustrious tradition. It brings us a powerful and welcome guide as we take our place in the great and challenging work in sharing the Good News.

©2013 Scott Hahn (P)2013 Random House Audio

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Would you listen to Consuming the Word again? Why?

I will listen to "Consuming the Word" again. As a student of the author, I find this book to be a concise explication of the relationship between the Word and the Eucharist.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

Mr. Runnette's rendering of the text is gentle and reverent. I found his tone to be relaxing and, in some sense, he seems to withdraw himself and let the text speak for itself - an art in and of itself. Mr. Runnette's voice, cadence and inflection are ideal for spiritual and theological books. I hope to encounter him again through the recorded word.

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It is one of the few books which upon finishing made me want to go back to the beginning and start over again.

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The same thing over and over

Solemn tone of voice and repeating the same thing made it hard to stay awake.
Listened to the whole thing and do not remember a point he made.

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Awesome, revealing, inspirational

Scott Hahn opens the scriptures and liturgy of the Church for all people Catholic and non-Catholic alike. This book is a great tool for evangelization

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Good, but dry

I’ve read a lot of books by Scott Hahn so far. So I hate rating this 3 stars. But I probably won’t personally recommend it to anyone :-/ Don’t get me wrong—it was still very good, but VERY dry. If you’re in seminary or you really enjoy getting into the weeds theologically, you’ll probably love this book. But I felt like this could’ve been condensed into an article more appropriate on Catholic Answers, or something along those lines.

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Discrepancies between audio and the book on chapters

The book is great! But when i try to follo the reading on the book after my audio it’s hard to find it.

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Unveiling Emmaus

The Emmaus Road experience of the risen Jesus unveiling the Messianic mission that culminated in His self disclosure through the breaking of the bread, has long been an irresistible mystery to my Protestant brain. Father, grant me Your revelation that burns within my spirit and soul to be completely nourished with You, Bread of Life. Amen.

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You want to understand the scripture and love Jesus more regardless of faith listen to this

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wish Scott Hahn was reading it

he is great at reading his own books. I miss his voice and passion in this one

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Dr Hanh never disappoints!

This is a profound and instructive work. Highly recommend it to any one seriously interested in a deeper understanding of the Word.

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great read

my daughters will be receiving their first communion soon so I thought I would brush up on this it was great fulfilling and deepening.

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