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A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture

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Hahn explores the "covenant love" God reveals to us through the Scriptures and explains how God patiently reaches out to us—despite our faults and shortcomings—to restore us into relationship with his divine family. Join Hahn as he follows the high adventure of God's plan for the ages, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing down through the generations to the coming of ...more
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Published March 12th 1998 by Servant (first published March 1998)
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An excellent retelling of Old Testament historical theology. Listened to this on a drive to and from St. Louis this past week-end and I'm sure I will listen to it again many times. Hahn sets the record straight against claims that there were/are two Gods, the vengeful O.T. Jewish God and the Loving Abba Jesus introduces. After reading/listening to this book, you will come to know God the Father and how very much He loves you. Beautiful!
Di Taylor
Jan 14, 2011 Di Taylor rated it it was amazing
I had been an apathetic person towards the Catholic Church after leaving it when I became an adult and pretty much was ticked off at God. A dear friend shared this book as my husband fought a serious form of cancer and I suddenly found myself no longer angry, but hungry for God's Word. I had all sorts of questions, doubts and fears. Our friend who is Catholic and is a Scott Hahn aficionado gave this book to me for Christmas and I found myself for the first time truly understanding God's amazing ...more
Chad Judice
Aug 04, 2012 Chad Judice rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to read while doing Bible study on salvation history. Hahn shows the oaths taken by humans with God starting with Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, and leads the reader through the fulfillment of that exchanges of persons between God and a couple, a family, a tribe, a nation, and the world through Christ. A riveting read that shows we are not any different than those who walked the earth over 2,000 years ago. God loves us as much as he did them.
Jerry DePyper
Dec 02, 2013 Jerry DePyper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
Having recently read two other very disappointing books from, I was not expecting much from this one. But in sharp contrast to those aforementioned disappointments, A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn does a very good job of presenting authentic Catholic Faith. Dr. Hahn is a true Bible scholar, and his honest and intelligent scholarship is revealed in this work.

Hahn begins by giving a Scriptural definition of a covenant relationship, and then traces this idea throug
Awesome ! It gave me a whole new perspective of the bible, especially the Old Testament, which is the hardest for me to relate to.This answered so many difficult questions that bugged me since I started reading the bible years ago.

The answers are not as simple as you might think-these are all about how God was keeping is original covenant with his people. Why is there a whole book with so many rules in the Old Testament? Why did God have to start over so many times with other Covenants (rainbow
Jul 29, 2012 Irene rated it did not like it
In this book by this well-known Catholic apologist, Scott Hahn narrates and explicates the biblical account of salvation history. I found his use of scripture to be quite problematic, ignoring the best in Catholic biblical scholarship from the past 50 years. Although he makes it clear that the entire Hebrew Scripture is, for him, a mere pre-figuring of the Christian Scripture, he does not address the Paschal Mystery until the final 2 chapters, and that is almost exclusively dealt with through th ...more
John Prejean
Jan 02, 2014 John Prejean rated it it was amazing
One of the best books that I've read to help me in my spiritual journey. Great stories on how God has made covenants with our families through the years and how we've messed them up. I learned so much about the Old Testament by reading this book in conjunction with my bible. We are currently using this book as our reading material for the men's group at my parish. Highly recommend this book.
Aug 17, 2008 Wanda rated it it was amazing
Excellent! I am a big fan of Scott Hahn and once again he has amazed me with his grasp of Scripture and his ability to "spoon feed" ignorant persons like myself.
Sep 22, 2014 Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
Informative and educational. Nice connection to the bible.
Mar 12, 2017 Kris rated it it was amazing
This is the beauty of Scott Hahn's books: interesting, intelligent and readable. A good Lenten selection and his companion Lenten devotional is worthwhile.
Yvonne Innes
Jan 12, 2014 Yvonne Innes rated it it was amazing
A father Who Keeps his Promises was one of a series of books recommended by our OP. I liked the title and wanted some more insight on how to better understand God’s plan through scripture. What an experience!

As the author explains, his book is in no way an abridged replacement for reading the Bible. I have to admit, however, that I was secretly hoping that it would be. This is not because I avoid scripture, but because the Old Testament has never really spoken to me in the way that the four cano
Patrick Gruber
Aug 20, 2013 Patrick Gruber rated it really liked it
In this wonderful book, Scott Hahn traces God's covenant love through the old testament and right down to the new covenant. He reveals the truth of the scriptures and of God's covenant, that God is a father that loves his children (us), and relentlessly pursues us so that we might be a part of his covenant, his very family.

It tells the story of how God lovingly formed the world for Human habitation, placing his creation Adam in the garden who was to defend and guide God's handiwork and offer it
Richard Grebenc
Dec 21, 2012 Richard Grebenc rated it it was amazing
Each time I present the St. Paul Center's Bible study, "Genesis to Jesus," I re-read this book (it is the recommended supplemental book for this study). So that's at least three readings. Each time, I'm reminded of aspects of the covenant understanding of salvation history that I have forgotten or I become aware of some deeper meaning or nuance that eluded me previously. Whether one has paid attention to the author for a while or is new to his work this book is a must read. It really is the inte ...more
Shawn Garry
Jan 03, 2017 Shawn Garry rated it it was amazing
I'm a cradle Catholic, but through Scott Hahn's tapes and especially this book, I've discovered how rich, powerful, and loving my faith actually is. I urge all Catholics, all Christians, and any others with only a slight interest in God to buy this book and ingest its every word. Dr. Hahn's explanations are thought provoking yet lighthearted, informational as well as inspiring, entertaining while also being essential for understanding the true love of Our Father. You'll enjoy it and cherish it. ...more
Josh Washington
Nov 11, 2016 Josh Washington rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, covenant
Hahn’s book is very readable. What he writes about covenants is interesting. But I wouldn’t say read the book because of what he says about covenant. The majority of the book is devoted to working through the Pentateuchal narrative. From the quotes above you can see there is a fair amount of interesting interpretations.

The book is congenial to Catholic interests, yes it mentions Mary and transfiguration. But the book is not an apology for Catholicism. Hahn’s emphasis on the continuity between th
Jul 17, 2009 Darren rated it really liked it
Shelves: theo-hahn
From the covenants of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David to the New Covenant initiated by Jesus, Biblical history is a divine love story between God the Father and his children.

Adam and Eve, the marriage covenant, two people; Noah's family, the household covenant, parents and children; Abraham the chieftain, the tribal covenant, thousands of people; Moses the Judge, the national covenant, tens of thousands of people; David the King, the national kingdom covenant, hundreds of thousands of peop
David S. T.
Dec 30, 2010 David S. T. rated it liked it
I think this book might have been much better had I never read the bible before and didn't really know anything about the apparent progressive revelation contained therein. Hahn spends most of the book going over the stories in Genesis and Exodus, showing how God had a plan to save humanity from the time Adam sinned until Jesus, but with this being a Hahn book, the covenant actually progressed until it culminated with the Eucharist (an opinion which I don't accept but then again, I don't accept ...more
Dec 31, 2014 David added it
Recommended to David by: Honora Wood
Shelves: biblical-history
Hahn uses the theme of covenant in this discussion of God's plan to bring people into his family. Beginning with Adam up to the beginning of the New Covenant with Christ, he details how God faithfully interacts with his people despite their many failures in keeping the covenant. His connection between the Passover, the Eucharist and Christ's passion is very interesting. Writing from a Catholic perspective, he branches into Catholic theology when dealing with the Eucharist. The strength of the bo ...more
Aug 20, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
When reading individual books of the Bible, or even when reading it cover-to-cover, it is easy to lose sight of the overarching themes that tie the various books of scripture together. In A Father Who Keeps His Promises, Scott Hahn tells the story of salvation history by explaining the various covenants God made with his people, and how they find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ and his Church. An excellent resource for Catholics and other Christians looking for a clearer understanding of the B ...more
Indra Setiadi
Aug 04, 2008 Indra Setiadi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I read this book about 8 years ago and I still think that this is one of my best reads ever. This book actually made understand the context of the Bible better (i.e: from the Covenant point of view), which helped me in future Bible studies and reflections. I would recommend this book for anyone who believe (or would like to strengthen his/her belief) that Our Father do love us from the times of Adam until now. That He is always faithful, even when we often are not.
Feb 13, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
A sweeping retelling of virtually all of Scripture in terms of our Father's love for us and how it unfolds through His covenants, through His commitments to us as His people, as His bride, as His body. The sections on the laws of Moses, the fourth cup of the Passover which Jesus partook of on the cross, and the unveliing of Heaven as the fulfillment of the Mass were especially enlightening. Recommended.
Jun 19, 2016 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that includes many references to the Old Testament and the history of covenants throughout. The way it is all tied to Jesus' covenant is very enlightening. I learned so much from this book! I admit that I had to re-read some parts because it gets into some deeper theological issues that I am not familiar with. The chapter entitled "It is Finished" blew my mind. I read this chapter several times!
A deep theological study, written at a level which most of us non-theologians can understand.

Although the book contained many enlightening truths, it's my opinion that the final chapter is the crux of the matter. In the last chapter, Scott Hahn explains in great detail what Jesus meant when he cried out "It is finished" from the cross upon which he died.

Essentially, the Passover was completed the moment our Savior died.
Armen Chakmakjian
A fairly comprehensive explanation of the old testament foreshadowing of Christ told through the vehicle of covenants. A bit repetitve at times, but the multiple metaphors (bride bridegroom lamb lion king priest) make that somewhat unavoidable. The notes and sources section was quite good and would lead to other reading.
Kathleen Androlewicz
Feb 19, 2016 Kathleen Androlewicz rated it it was amazing
Dr. Hahn was able to give me the big picture of God's plan for salvation, salvation history, and the meaning of the real relationship of family. He was able to introduce the concept of covenant and what it really meant to God's people and what we are missing in the 21st century. Exceptionally good read!
Aug 04, 2016 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
I'm so glad I read this book. It was given to me by a friend four years ago and I finally read it. In the first few chapters Scott Hahn really emphasizes how much our God our Father has done to get us to the point where Jesus dies for us; all because of his great love for us. He explains the entire process of salvation very clearly, so clearly that even I understood it!
Krystyn Schmerbeck
Jul 17, 2013 Krystyn Schmerbeck rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully clear and concise understanding of reading the Old Testament in light of the New Testament. Beautifully lays out the steps of the love story between God & His creatures! Highly recommended!
Randy Shed Jr.
Dec 23, 2016 Randy Shed Jr. rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent read. While it may start a little slow, when you begin to see the connections between events of the OT and the NT, it makes you more deeply appreciate the concept of covenants throughout
Jan 02, 2013 Teri rated it really liked it
It would benefit me and mine to read a Scott Hahn book annually. At least one. This was recommended specifically for me when I said I needed more Old Testament understanding. I heard Scott Hahn just wrote a book or two on 1st and 2nd Chronicles! Whoa. Gotta make that my next read.
Jan 20, 2011 Noel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As a lifelong Christian I have spent a lot of time studying the Bible. Reading this book has been on of the most eye opening experiences in tying the entire Salvation story together. Bringing both the Old and New Testaments together to tell the gospel story in its fullness. Highly recommend!
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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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