If you want to know why Protestant bibles don’t have as many books as our bibles do, this is THE book to read. Gary Michuta’s book is thoroughly researched, yet written in a way that is very easy to follow. Even though this might seem like a dry subject, I was never bored with this book. Among many things, you will learn fascinating things about Martin Luther — things I’m sure your Lutheran friends aren’t aware of — including the fact that Luther conveniently mistranslated a key bible verse to suit his preferred theology. You’ll also learn how Luther used the “extra” Catholic books when it suited his purposes, but later sought to eliminate them from the canon when they did not agree with his ever-evolving theology. You’ll see that Jesus even quoted from these “extra” books himself. This is a must-read if you ever need to defend the Catholic canon of scriptures .
I bought this for a teenage granddaughter. She is actually reading it. How do I know? She actually quoted it when talking to her friend.
If you are like me and grew up with minimal catechesis on the Eucharist, you will find this talk like a river in the desert. Pitre shows the Eucharist is not an anomaly but is deeply connected with the entire of Salvation History and is indeed an event that the Jews in Jesus' time would have been able to view as deeply consistent with what had gone before in their faith. I have recommended this talk to so many people. It is short and covers so much. I'll never think of the Eucharist in the same way again.
This was the first book I read of Brant Pitre’s and I must say it remains one of the most fascinating things I have read. Not only does Pitre show you where the Eucharist is prefigured several times in the Old Testament, his style of writing keeps you on the edge of your seat. An absolute must-read.
This is one of the most profound books I have ever read in my life! I have read it multiple times! It is profound in the richness that Dr Pitre draws from the scriptures, yet simple enough that even I can understand it! It has increased my faith and love for the scriptures exponentially!
What an amazing talk by Dr Brant Pitre! I have found this talk so life-giving to me! This is profound in its depth, yet so simple to understand. I have it in my car and listen to it regularly! Can't recommend this highly enough to any Christian!!
Another excellent video. I do appreciate getting quality lectures from a clear, erudite speaker.
I listened to the CD while driving up North, I liked it so much I listened to it agian coming back home. I'm hoping to get the book also.
I have also told people who had wuestions on Mary to go to Catholic Production website in hopes they will be brave enoough to either get the book or CD.
I read Dr. Bergsma's Psalm Basics for Catholics and loved it, but this goes beyond the book. He shows in a marvelous way how the book of the Psalms encapsulates the history of Israel, and is prophecy of the life of Jesus. Especially interesting are the in-depth studies of the some of the psalms. Makes me appreciate and love the psalms even more. Highly recommended!
Dr Pitre's book regarding the Jewish roots of Mary includes many already discussed topics pertaining to Mary in other books but he gives a little bit more detail regarding the jewish aspects of said beliefs. However, he makes a strong case for Mary as being a new Rachel and this is something we haven't about before. At least i haven't read it anywhere. This book alone is worth getting for his take on Rachel. Jaw dropped slightly.
When i first received this course i had a job where i could spend my entire shift listening to music, podcasts or talks like this on my phone. I listened to this set probably 5-6 times in a row to get as much as i could from it. And i still go back to listen to bits and pieces. This may be one of Dr Pitre's best courses to date. Of all the talks Dr Pitre has here i would put this in the top 5.
The Dead Sea Scrolls is a topic i have had some interest in for quite some time. It wasn't until I read Gary Michuta's book "Why Catholic bibles are bigger" that i realized the scrolls contained Jewish manuscripts of some of the deuterocanonical books among other things and that's what got me more interested in learning about the scrolls. This study is very in depth and will give you lots of information to think about.
It took me awhile to get through this set. For the most part i listened to the CD's on my way to and back home from work. As a convert the interior life wasn't something discussed when i was a protestant. This talk is more of an overview. It's not a course to guide and direct you to become St Teresa of Avila but it will get your feet wet with several different approaches to the interior life. This set introduced me to several spiritual writers that i now read frequently. Highly recommend.
I got the CD set so I could listen while driving. I’m no fan of driving but found myself taking the long way home because I couldn’t get enough of learning the reasons for what I have been remarkably “uncurious” about in the Mass and in my faith. My appetite has been whetted and I can hardly wait to listen to the next series. I also feel much more confident in explaining & defending Catholicism to non-Catholics (and lets be honest- also to Catholics). Excellent content plus Dr Pitre is such an engaging speaker. Fortunate seminarians who have him for formation!
What a great video. We've watched it twice. As a lifelong Catholic and attended parochial schools, I often wondered why we do the things we do in Mass (e.g standing, kneeling, etc), the meaning and origin of our prayers and the order of our Mass. This video explained all of that...and more, in Dr. Pitre's very concise and understandable format
Without a doubt, the best explanation of the difficult passages of death and destruction in the Old Testament. Dr. Bergsma helped me understand God’s providence, love and mercy in seemingly senseless death. This is particularly true in young and innocent lives that make us cry “Why.”
Even if you think you know everything there is to know about the historical reliability of Jesus and the gospels, you’ll still be wowed by this book. It even rivals Pitre’s other book on the Eucharist. I can’t recommend this highly enough .
I not only learned a lot about the Scrolls, but the time in which they were written and preserved. Bergsma also covered the history of Israel before the scrolls, which provided a good backdrop. Highly recommended.
Dr. Bergsma story is similar to the journey I started twenty years ago into the Catholic Church, which at the time, I didn’t even know I was on a journey, especially not one to the Catholic Church. I thought I would just be able to help those I knew to see the truth of what the Bible actually said by knowing more of what was written by the Early Fathers. After looking back, a Dr. Bergsma’s book would’ve gone a long way in helping me bring a few others to Mass with me. A brilliant format that is not intimidating, over-reaching or in any way tries to discredit the faith I left, especially the people I worshiped with or at least those of us who didn’t even know the difference between liturgical worship and what we called worship. Dr. Bergsma, you are one of the four horsemen in my household, Dr. Pitre, Dr. Hahn, Dr. Cavadini and yourself. Dr. Bergsma thank you for giving me a tool that I have been able to share with my old Northern Dutch Reformists that I used to fellowship with, in telling the truth of the Catholic Church, a simple truth that helps them see rather than deny.
This is a great series to use for catechesis and discussion in small groups - I will be using it to appeal to moms of young children to help them understand and appreciate the beauty and intellectual integrity of the Faith, as well as fostering Catholic friendships. Thank you Dr. Pitre!!
I gotta admit that this talk is a new level of nerd. I mean that with all respect, my wife and I truly enjoyed listening to this talk.
As with all talks from Catholic Productions they seem to open doors that I would never have opened. I am seeing the bible as if for the first time.
Clear presentation of a plan for layperson full of wisdom
Usually Christians teach about death and resurrection. But not the Ascension so much. As usual Pitre knocks it out of the park with solid solid -- did I mention solid bible teaching and no one verse out of context teaching I'd grown accustomed to as a protestant.
Excellent instruction on how to most effectively pray the rosary and meditate upon it. Interesting historical facts were shared. Dr. Petrie is the best!!
This is the third "course" I have purchased from Catholic Productions. I am so blessed to listen in to the college classes that Dr. Pitre teaches. I highly recommend this particular series for anyone interested in moving forward in their spiritual formation. Dr. Pitre provides many references from the Bible, ancient Jewish understanding, and current Catechism references for each type of prayer and phase of spiritual development, providing a meaningful guide for our journey.
It was very informative, as are all of the DVD that I have from Dr. Pitre. He is my favorite teacher. The mass makes a whole lot more sense when understood from the first century Jewish perspective. It also helps to understand all of the Catholic "smells and bells" at Mass. Also the "Catholic calisthenics" that take place at Mass also make a lot more sense when we really understand their purpose and origin. I wonder how many Cradle Catholics know the things contained in this DVD.
I found the discussion very insightful and interesting.
Excellent, highly relevant material, clearly and engagingly presented.
I'm enjoying this course as much as it is fruitful for my soul: Thank you CP!
Another outstanding course by Dr. Pitre.
This IS the New Evangelization. I am getting totally addicted to the amazing richness of Tradition and Scripture. CP is going to turn lives around and enrich many with the Truth and beauty of our faith.
Very few weeks do not go by in which I fail to use Catholic Productions to help prepare my homily. Brant Pitre’s comments on the Mass Readings are vitally interesting, grounded in solid scholarship, accessible and inspirational. The extra resources, available through a range of digital media are a huge blessing to all who are concerned with the New Evangelization.
I’ve known the guys at Catholic Productions for years. They’re the real deal. I don’t know anyone more dedicated to making scintillating, authentic Catholic content available to the world. The depth and breadth of their scriptural offerings is truly amazing…pure gold.