Come and See: Exile and Return is a Catholic Bible study that examines the Old Testament books written during and about the exile of the Jews in Babylon and their return to Jerusalem.
Study the books of Judith, Ester, Tobit, Exra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Maccabees to learn more about this significant period in salvation history.
This study uses inductive and deductive learning, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of popes and saints to unlock an ancient treasure and show its current application. The Come and See series is ideal for group or personal Scripture Study.
About the Authors
Fr. Joseph L. Ponessa, S.S.D. was ordained in 1974 and received a Master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon. He continued to study biblical languages—Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic—and earned a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He uses the Come and See series widely in his three parishes in the diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana.
Laurie Watson Manhardt, Ph.D., earned a doctorate in education from the University of Michigan. She and her husband Jim host a Come and See group in their home in Vero Beach, Florida. Laurie also co-leads a family Bible study for adults and teens in her parish
About the Series
Especially designed for families to do together, the Come and See Catholic Bible Study series presents the rich heritage of the Catholic faith in clear and simple language. With its practical direction for leaders, easy-to-use workbook format, and appealing design, this Bible study series is ideal for use in the classroom, home study, or parish catechesis.