Scott Hahn's "A Father Who Keeps His Promises"


Although I loved The Lamb’s Supper, I was extremely disappointed by this book.

The first 2/3rds of it was a solid recounting of Old Testament history, but when he gets to Jesus, instead of laying out all the specific promises and how Christ specifically fulfilled them, he kind of recycled material from his books on Revelation.

Like, there’s a whole chapter on the Catholic liturgy and the importance of the sacraments, incense, etc, but what does that have to do with the theme of “a father who keeps his promises”? That chapter would’ve been better spent on the way that God specifically promised a Messiah who would do X, Y, and Z and how Jesus fulfilled them. For example, the way that Malachi promised the Lord would come suddenly to the Second Temple was fulfilled in Christ. These details are skipped in favor of “liturgical this” and “liturgical that.” That’s a topic for a different book!

Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth series does this far better than Scott’s book.

I left the book feeling rather annoyed. “Like, did he just forget the theme of the first 2/3rds of the book or something?” Were my thoughts.


I’ve bought this book, and it’s on my shelf waiting in line to be read.

Is it really not at all illuminating? :open_mouth:


I guess it’s illuminating, but he does a poor job at tying it all together.


Aw man. :frowning: So bummed, I bought it because I thought he did tie it all together.


Sorry for the double post, what books fall under this—title wise? Thank you! :blossom:


Volume 1 is called “Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration”

Volume 2 is “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem To The Resurrection”

Volume 3 is “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives”

I actually recommend starting with volume 3. It’s very short and deals with Jesus’ childhood!


I will check these out, and add them to my wish list. Thank you! :blossom:


I think when Dr. Hahn writes books, he doesn’t always have the same audience in mind.

Some books for the person who knows little about the faith, some who are potential protestant converts, some to people who read all his books, some who are theology majors, etc.


I’m not sure about the recycling material from other books part. A Father who Keeps his Promises is one of his earlier books.


Which audience do you think this one is for? It is also on my shelf waiting to be read.


I think it’s for people who want to know God the Father better and/or understand covenant.

However, it’s still on my shelf and I haven’t finished it.

God Bless


Our religion teacher is making us read that book in religious class


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