BOOKS RECEIVED: good summer reading

I get a lot of books from publishers.  I read a lot of books.  I listen to audio-books and books read by my older gen Kindle (what a great machine!).

Here are a few things which I have lately gotten into.

I listened to a book by Scott Hahn while I drove to Acton University in Michigan.

The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross


Hahn explains “cup” imagery and connects the dots for us about how the Lord brought his Passion and therefore the Passover meal to its summit in the taking of wine upon the Cross.  Also, this is auto-biographical.  He talks about how, while researching this topic, he came into the Catholic Church.

The preface is by Brant Pitre, whom I’ve also read lately.

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper


Very good.  We look into various aspects of Catholic worship and its roots in ancient Jewish worship.

Back to Hahn.

I haven’t read this, but I have received it.

The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order


Another from Angelico Press… which is producing beautiful, trustworthy books.

A Line Through the Human Heart: On Sinning and Being Forgiven Paperback by James V. Schall S.J.


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  1. maternalView says:

    I am reading The First Society now. It is excellent. Anyone concerned about the current marriage and family crisis should read this book. I was afraid it might be a little dry. It’s not. I don’t have it with me or I’d quote from it.

  2. Eric says:

    I have read the Pitre book and could not recommend it more. It is really good and not difficult, very rewarding.

  3. Legisperitus says:

    I’ll have to look into these. Several years ago I read a fascinating one, “How Christ Said the First Mass” by Fr. James Meagher, written around 1906, which delves deeply into how even some minor details of the traditional Roman Rite of Mass are foreshadowed in aspects of the ancient Jewish liturgy as given in Talmudic sources. (It also explores some interesting ancient rabbinical ideas, including the belief that Shem and Melchisedech were the same person.) I think TAN Books has let it go out of print, but others have apparently republished it.

  4. robtbrown says:

    Scott Hahn thinks that Christ’s Passion and Death happened to transform the Passover meal into the Eucharist.

  5. robtbrown says:

    Should read:

    Scott Hahn thinks that the reason for Christ’s Passion and Death was to transform the Passover meal into the Eucharist.

  6. Fr.JP says:

    “The Mystery of the Last Supper” by Colin Humphreys is excellent. Worth checking out. He investigates the date of the Crucifixion, and whether the Last Supper was a Passover Meal or not. It’s excellent.

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