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Invitation to the Old Testament: A Catholic Approach the Hebrew Scriptures [Paperback]

By Alice Camille (Author)
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Pages   103
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.72" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.36 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2004
Publisher   ACTA Publications
ISBN  087946271X  
EAN  9780879462710  

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Item Description...
For Catholics, merely relying on the Sunday readings to provide a full understanding of the Bible can be unsatisfying, It is through a deliberate study of the "Good Book" as a whole that contextual understanding can be reached. This book is a carefully written book that offers readers accessible and understandable explanations of the key themes and passages of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Publishers Description
For Catholics, merely relying on the Sunday readings to provide a full understanding of the Bible can be unsatisfying. It is only through a deliberate study of the book as a whole that contextual understanding can be reached. The Bible is not one long narrative about God, but rather a collection of smaller books "clustered around a revolving cast of characters who understand themselves to be, in an essential way, the people of God," according the author. This is especially true of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Scriptures. Camille begins by offering readers tips before beginning their study of the Bible, discusses the history behind its writing, then finally moves into a study of all the major books of the Hebrew Scriptures. Each chapter ends with discussion questions and prayer activities to spark reflection.

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More About Alice Camille

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alice Camille is a writer, religious educator, and parish retreat leader, who received a master of divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. Camille has authored nine books, numerous articles, and regular columns; writes the monthly commentary Exploring the Sunday Readings"; and has worked with teams at Brown-ROA, Harcourt, Hi-Time/Pflaum, and RCL Benziger developing catechetical materials for use in parochial schools.
Paul Boudreau is a priest of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut and is currently assisting at St. Mary s Church in Portland, Connecticut. He is the author of "Between Sundays: Daily Gospel Reflections and Prayers" and has written many articles on various aspects of parish and pastoral ministry."

Alice Camille currently resides in Desert Hot Springs Provi.

Alice Camille has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Scripture Classics

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Not Catholic  Apr 12, 2006
The author, Alice Camille, an out of work college graduate majoring in English, correctly points out that many Catholics lack an understanding of the scriptures. Her purpose was write a simple and readable book for these people so they can gain some grasp of the Old Testament. She apparently has a similar book for the New Testament, though I have not read it.

In this she does succeed. Her writing style is engaging and will appeal to those who are not scholars. Unfortunately, these are really the only good things about the book.

In the introduction, the author happily points out that she is neither a theologian nor a Bible scholar. That becomes evident beginning with the first page.

According to the author, God did not really create the Universe, He just kind of organized it. Aaron was named high priest solely due to nepotism. During the period of Judges, Deborah, the only woman judge, was the only one who had any wisdom. The 20th century figures Martin Luther King and Cesar Chavez were prophets equivalent to the Old Testament prophets.

She later expresses "astonishment" that any man would write about women in the Old Testament, apparently because, to the author, all men were, and still are, misogynists. She claims that women have been sidelined in the Bible. (Blessed, Virgin Mary, please pray for the author.) In the same paragraph, she then goes on to point out that more than three hundred women are discussed in the Bible, in seeming contradiction to her previous premise.

She expresses concern that many unnamed women are often presented as being in a harem, completely ignoring the fact that many unnamed men are far more often simply described as soldiers.

Her focus on innovative interpretations of the scripture and her radical feminism comes through on nearly every page. (Remember: theology + innovation = heresy.)

If you love the Pope and pray for priests, if you look with respect upon nuns who wear the habit and priests in their cassocks, if you love God and respect the Magisterium, AVOID this book.

This book DOES NOT carry an imprimatur nor does it carry a nihil obstat.
Old Testament Explained, Brought to Life  Nov 7, 2004
Camille has written an "Everyman's" introduction (or reintroduction) to the Bible not as some huge, sprawling book about God, but "lots of little books clustered around a revolving cast of characters who understood themselves to be, in a fundamental way, the people of God." After briefly explaining the Church's use of the lectionery and ways of approaching scripture to get the whole picture, she brings those characters to life while addressing real issues of the day.

In the chapter Salvation by Journey, which covers Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, Camille addresses the question "Are you saved?" often asked by Fundamentalist Christians. That question, she explains, is often confusing to Catholics, who look at salvation not as a single event, but as (1) the Paschal Mystery, and (2) a process in which we participate our entire lives.

Each chapter ends with several questions for reflection and a prayer activity, making this an excellent resource for personal or group study.

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