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Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word in the Liturgy

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The bestselling author of The Lamb’s Supper continues his thoughtful exploration of the complex relationship between the Bible and the Catholic liturgy in a revelatory work that will appeal to all readers.

Scott Hahn has inspired millions of readers with his perceptive and unique view of Catholic theology and worship, becoming one of the most looked-to contemporary authorit
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Image (first published 2005)
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Kevin de Ataíde
Memory and identity. That's what the liturgy is for the Church in this book by Scott Hahn. And the key to it all, as usual, is covenant. Contracts are binding between persons with regard to material possessions, while covenants bind persons themselves together. As in the marital union, God's union with man in the holy Eucharist is a covenant with rules. Break the rules and the covenant is broken, and here then is the long history of a small nation that was embraced by God.



Dr. Hahn begins with th
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Grace
Jul 16, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it
Letter and Spirit, a sequel to The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth, is a bit more scholarly in nature than the first book in Hahn's trilogy, but it is accessible to lay readers if they're reasonably well read or well catechized in the Catholic faith. Unlike The Lamb's Supper, Letter and Spirit doesn't have the punny section titles or casual first and second-person narrative style. It, however, does continue Hahn's work in the first book of explaining how Scripture only reveals its ful ...more
Kirsten
Dec 03, 2014 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
This book is a comprehensive look at how the written text is found in the living word of the liturgy. ‘It offers an introduction to the history, theology, and present liturgical practice of the Christian reading of the Scriptures in the Eucharist”. It continues with the “..revitalisation of the liturgical renewal begin by Vatican II”. Hahn represents the Bible as a living, breathing text given to us from God. It is a document that shows us the way forward as to how we can live a spiritual life. ...more
Annie
Jun 01, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
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I love Scott Hahn...I actually cheated a little...I didn't read this, I listened to it on CD but it was not Scott Hahn who narrated. The gentleman they had narrating was excellent and easy to listen to. Scott Hahn's stuff is really deep and a lot of times it goes way over my head so I listened to the CDs several times each. There were five total. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to deepen their faith.
Santeri Marjokorpi
Apr 10, 2015 Santeri Marjokorpi rated it really liked it
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Kirja käsittelee hienosti liturgian ja Raamatun suhdetta. Se avaa paljon uusia näkökulmia siihen ja liturgian merkitykseen ylipäätään. Raamattu on täynnä liturgiaa ja liturgia on täysin raamatullista. Alusta alkaen kristillinen kirkko on elänyt liturgiasta, joka on välittänyt sen opetusta eteenpäin. Korkeakirkollinen suositus.
Kathleen Androlewicz
Feb 19, 2016 Kathleen Androlewicz rated it it was amazing
Dr. Hahn pulls together scripture and liturgy. The Bible, while records of historical events is also meant to be recited in churches and synagogues. Dr. Hahn opens our eyes to power of the Word. I love his insightfulness. I am never disappointed with his books.
Brent
Jan 11, 2012 Brent rated it it was amazing
One of the best books that Scott Hahn has written... and that is saying a lot!

The main contention of this book is that the first Christians came into contact with the scripture in in the context of their liturgy. The practice of devotional reading came along much later, and while profitable it is not the primary context in which scripture should be understood.

Dr. Hahn goes on to explain, in fantastic detail, the unity of liturgy and scripture. To facilitate the conversation, he defines the terms
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Brett's Books
Oct 18, 2013 Brett's Books rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book immensely, although I must admit that Mr. Hahn is operating at a much higher level than myself and I had difficulty following the book at times. The bottom line take away is that scripture never existed as an end to itself; instead, scripture has historically existed to be used in a liturgical manner and this interplay word and liturgy is what shapes belief. How we pray, in the liturgy, is what we believe and what we pray is the scriptures. Very interesting and if nothing else ...more
Thomas Stama
Feb 09, 2016 Thomas Stama rated it really liked it
Excellent work about Holy Scripture and liturgical origins. Nice introduction into a deeper level of study. Recommend to someone who would want to go beyond a superficiality in bible study.
TheRose
Jul 03, 2008 TheRose rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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Scott Hahn does it again! Excellent argument for the direct connections between the Bible and liturgy. This book is a bit of a departure from his usual "theology for dummies" type of approach. It's a bit more scholarly, so beginners should avoid this book until they're more familiar with Hahn's style and some of the concepts he presupposes. Awesome for those who have already read some of his books and are hungry for more!
Stephen Fahrig
May 31, 2007 Stephen Fahrig rated it really liked it
Perhaps the "weightiest" of Scott Hahn's popular books, this little tome explores the connection between the Bible and the liturgy. Hahn argues that Scripture and liturgy are really inseparable from one another - the Biblical books were written for liturgical proclamation, and the texts of the liturgy in turn are drawn from and inspired by the Bible. A valuable resource for Biblical and liturgical study.

Amicizia
Jun 05, 2007 Amicizia rated it it was amazing
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Perhaps the weightiest of Scott Hahn's popular books, this little tome explores the connection between the Bible and the liturgy. Hahn argues that Scripture and liturgy are really inseparable from one another - the Biblical books were written for liturgical proclamation, and the texts of the liturgy in turn are drawn from and inspired by the Bible. A valuable resource for Biblical and liturgical study.
Frank
Aug 27, 2011 Frank rated it really liked it
What is the relationship between the bible and the liturgy of the Catholic Church? Scott Hahn has a way to make things easy to understand and having been a Protestant Minister before joining the Catholic Church he has a way to touch those issues that need to be explained; to remove a lot of misunderstanding. This is a good book to learn from.
Karlton
Oct 01, 2012 Karlton rated it really liked it
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Good work showing how Scripture was created for use in the liturgy, and being immersed in both is vital.
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Dr. Scott Hahn was born in 1957, and has been married to Kimberly since 1979. He and Kimberly have six children and are expecting their twelfth grandchild. An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Dr. Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Hundreds of these talks have been produced on audio and ...more
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