When we use the term “New Testament,” we usually just mean the last twenty-seven books of the Holy Bible, the ones written by the Apostles and their companions in the first century. But that’s not what the term meant from the beginning. Long before those books were even written, Jesus used that phrase to refer to the Eucharist. It was the “New Covenant,” the “New Testament,” in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books; but they did so precisely because these were the books that could be read at Mass.
This simple and demonstrable historical fact has enormous implications for the way we read the Bible. In his book Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, Dr. Scott Hahn undertakes an examination of some of Christianity’s most basic terms to discover what they meant to the sacred authors, the apostolic preachers, and their first hearers.
Now, he’s taken up the same discussion along with hosts Michael Hernon, and theology panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Don Asci on Franciscan University Presents. The show will premiere on EWTN at 10pm ET this Sunday, March 2. There will be an encore presentation on Thursday, March 6 at 5:00 am
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In conjunction with this, the St. Paul Center is offering a free lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn on the same subject entitled Sacrament & Document: What is the New Testament?. This talk was delivered in the little town of Bethlehem on a St. Paul Center pilgrimage to the Holy Land.