Thursday, January 23, 2014

Come and See: Exile and Return - A Bible Study - Available From the @CatholicCompany #Catholic

Come and See Exile and Return
Come and See: Exile and Return

  • Written by Fr. Joseph Ponessa, S.S.D. and Laurie Watson Manhardt, Ph.D.
  • The Authors Use Easy to Understand Language
  • Use Alone or With a Group
  • Part of the Come and See Bible Study Series
  • Paperback Workbook Edition - 224 Pages - English Language
  • Published by Emmaus Road Publishing 
  • Released to Stores on June 24, 2013
  • Publisher's List Price - $19.95
  • Available from The Catholic Company
Has anyone made the New Year's Resolution to read the Bible every day?  I know that a lot of people often try to do this but they tend to make a common mistake  Many people will try to start at the beginning and read it cover to cover without a good guide.  This is especially difficult when reading the Old Testament.

I prefer more focused Bible studies, and I really like the Come and See series.  They offer good foundation studies like this one concerning the Exile and Return, some that are slightly more challenging, and even some studies for children.

Exile and Return discusses the books of Tobit, Judith, Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Maccabees.  The student will learn about the return from the exile in Babylon.  

There is a very good introduction to the book and the best way to complete the study is set forth.  Students need a Catholic Bible and either a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church or easy access to the online C.C.C.  

There are 21 chapters and for each, the part of the Bible to be covered in a lesson is clearly noted - for example, Chapter 4 cover Tobit 13-14.  Each chapter includes commentary to accompany the Bible passages.  When these have been read there are workbook exercises to fill in with the help from the Bible and Catechism.  If you are part of a group, you would then meet and discuss the chapter and your answers.

Because Bible studies are done best with groups, the book also provides guidelines for how to do this with others.  It also includes a monthly social activity for members of a small group.

The commentary is very easy to understand.  It includes very useful information in a layperson's language.  What has the potential to be confusing is made clear, and the stories, prayers, and history of these books are made accessible.

I think this is a very useful Bible Study.  If you are new to Old Testament Bible Study there is also a workbook for Genesis, Moses and the Torah, David and the Psalms, Wisdom, and more.  There are also New Testament titles.

Bible study is a wonderful practice, and with a great guide it is also enriching and enjoyable.

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