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What Are We Hoping For?

New Testament Images

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ

What Are We Hoping For?
What Are We Hoping For?

ISBN: 9780814631614, 3161

Details: 136 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 10/01/2006
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Scripture scholar and author, Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, explores fifteen images of hope in each of the following: Matthew’s Gospel, Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and the Book of Revelation. Chosen because they are among the longest, most influential, and most difficult texts of the New Testament, these three very different books begin with the hope that the newborn Jesus will be Emmanuel, God with us and end with the plea, Come, Lord Jesus.

Harrington, editor of Liturgical Press’ best-selling Sacra Pagina series, writes this book not so much for biblical specialists as for the general public. The author’s popular and prayerful approach considers forty-five images of hope’from star, water, and rock through childbirth, body, and house to scroll, woman, and beast.

In an age when hope seems to be in short supply, here is a book that will give fresh insight and energy to all who wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, PhD, (1940-2014), was a professor of New Testament at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has written numerous scholarly works, including The Gospel of Mark, Jesus Ben Sira of Jerusalem: A Biblical Guide to Living Wisely, and The Letter to the Hebrews, all published by Liturgical Press.

ISBN: 9780814631614, 3161

Details: 136 pgs, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
Publication Date: 10/01/2006


What Are We Hoping For? is a fine work from a renowned Biblical scholar.
The Furrow

. . . inspiring.
The Way

. . . the book will be useful to all readers looking for assurances of hope from our faith.
Catholic Library World

. . . the author provides a thoughtful meditation on the biblical text and its expression of hope.
The Bible Today

Elucidating forty-five New Testament images (star, boat, house, scroll) in about two pages apiece, it is just the thing for people in the pews, whose deep-felt hope is that father will not talk too long. For each and every image, Harrington gives background, exegesis, and, in focus here, reasons for hope.
Review for Religious

With a surefootedness founded on his almost unparalleled knowledge of the New Testament Daniel Harrington has written a book for our time of blinkered hope. The book is a profound meditation on images of hope provided by the New Testament. Harrington wears his scholarship lightly; hence the book is accessible. But it; it will buoy your spirit and point you toward the source of all hope, the faithful God revealed in Jesus.
William A. Barry, SJ

In a time of desperate need, Fr. Daniel Harrington, S.J. reminds Christians that our reason for hope is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In elegant, informed and accessible short essays on passages from Matthew, Romans and the Revelation to John, Harrington explicates many images of hope and reminds us of "our vocation to be a people of hope." This timely book is a model of New Testament theology and an important and practical pastoral resource.
Bonnie Thurston

Dan Harrington never ceases to surprise us with his excellent and original approaches to the Biblical text. His theme of hope is not only relevant to our time but badly needed in our Biblical guild. He takes us through Matthew, Romans and Revelation emphasizing reasons for hope with a light but sure touch and makes the text come alive for our weary world. I only hope that he will complete the New Testament in another volume or at least inspire some other scholar to do it. I recommend his work enthusiastically and suggest it as a very useful text for College students.
Sean P. Kealy, CSSp, Duquesne University

With his characteristic depth of solid scholarship, Father Harrington explores dozens of images from the Gospels, Paul's Letter to the Romans, and John's Book of Revelation to discover reason for the hope which is in us as Christians. I found myself intrigued and inspired by his insights. At a time of much confusion and unrest, Father Harrington provides a rich resource for courageous hope and confident renewal in Christ. I recommend this fine volume to pastoral leaders and to all who hunger for spiritual nourishment and hope.
Bishop Richard Sklba, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin