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The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross (Hardcover)
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From the bestselling author of The Lamb's Supper comes an illuminating work on the Catholic Eucharist and its link to the Jewish Passover meal.
“Read this book. And don’t just read it. Pray about it. Reflect on it. And share it with others.”—Brant Pitre, author of The Case for Jesus
In this brilliant book—part memoir, part detective story, and part biblical study—Scott Hahn opens up new vistas on ancient landscapes while shedding light on his own enduring faith journey. The Fourth Cup not only tracks the author’s gradual conversion along the path of Evangelicalism to the doorsteps of the Catholic faith, but also explores the often obscure and misunderstood rituals of Passover and their importance in foreshadowing salvation in Jesus Christ.
Revealing the story of his formative years as an often hot-headed student and earnest seeker in search of answers to great biblical mysteries, Hahn shows how his ardent exploration of the Bible’s Old Testament turned up intriguing clues connecting the Last Supper and Christ’s death on Calvary. As Hahn tells the story of his discovery of the supreme importance of the Passover in God’s plan of salvation, we too experience often-overlooked relationships between Abel, Abraham, and the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt. Along the way, Hahn reveals how the traditional fourth cup of wine used in the concluding celebration of Passover explains in astonishing ways Christ’s paschal sacrifice.
Rooted in Scripture and ingrained with lively history, The Fourth Cup delivers a fascinating view of the bridges that span old and new covenants, and celebrates the importance of the Jewish faith in understanding more fully Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
About the Author
Dr. Scott W. Hahn holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb's Supper and Reasons to Believe and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.
“Read this book. And don’t just read it. Pray about it. Reflect on it. And share it with others.” —BRANT PITRE, author of The Case for Jesus
“The Paschal Mystery is at the heart of our faith and how we share in Jesus’ death, resurrection, and entrance into glory. In The Fourth Cup, Dr. Scott Hahn shows the reader how our redemption follows a plan and pattern established from the very beginning of time. With his exceptional skill as both a scholar and a master teacher, he guides us on a pilgrimage along the path of the gradual accomplishment of God’s saving action in history. As always, Dr. Hahn not only enlightens the reader’s mind, but also touches the heart. A book made for personal spiritual renewal!” —CARDINAL DONALD WUERL, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition
“Some autobiography, a great deal of theology, the solution to an old Scriptural puzzle— and tons of puns besides. This book is a feast.” —ROBERT BARRON, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and author of To Light a Fire on the Earth
“Scott Hahn has the rare gift of combining solid, precise, and extensive scholarship (laid out clearly even for the non-specialist) with fascinating storytelling. Here Hahn communicates a vivid sense of the presence of the fourth cup today. The completion of Jesus’ Passover is the heart of God’s covenantal gift, a gift that touches every human being in every age, including today. It is this sense of presence that makes the book a thrill to read.” —MICHAEL WALDSTEIN, Max Seckler Professor of Theology, Ave Maria University, Florida
“Scott Hahn revolutionizes our understanding of this sacrament by conveying profound concepts in simple prose. You’ll never see the Eucharist the same way again after you read The Fourth Cup.” —JENNIFER FULWILER, SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream