Bible Basics

The Bible is the Word of God

Okay, that is true, but there is a lot more to understanding the Bible. This is why you will find that Christians do not agree across denominational lines about the proper understanding of the Bible. As this page is developed, we will add more helpful information and links to helpful information.

So basic points:  The approved translations of the Catholic Bible have a few more biblical books than Bibles used by Protestants.  In fact, they removed some parts of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is sometimes referred to as the Hebrew Scriptures even though that can be a bit misleading since Christians love the Old Testament. However, Christians read the Old Testament through the "lens" of the New Testament, thus finding significant nurturance and understanding by seeing how God worked in Old Testament times to prepare us for the coming of Jesus Christ, the Word Made Flesh and the Splendor of the Father. This led first to the Oral Tradition and then finally to the Written Tradition which includes what we now call the New Testament.

There are many resources available on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We strongly recommend that you begin your research there to explore and learn more about how Catholics relate to the Bible and use it. In fact we use a great deal of the Sacred Scriptures in our daily and Sunday worship services. We follow a three year Sunday cycle of readings and a two year weekday cycle of readings. Thus, people who follow the daily lectionary of the Catholic Church will read a tremendous amount of the Bible; not all of it; but indeed a great deal of it.  That is why it is important to stay connected to the Lectionary of the Catholic Church---AND---read the Bible in study groups and prayer groups and on your own. When you go to the USCCB Bible page, don't forget to look at the sidebars for lots of interesting and helpful information about the Bible

 
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