The Bible Compass: A Catholic's Guide to Navigating the Scriptures

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The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years is intimidating for most of us. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is a time spent encountering the living God. The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the Word of God with confidence and purpose. This book demonstrates how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic...

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Overview

The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years is intimidating for most of us. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is a time spent encountering the living God. The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the Word of God with confidence and purpose. This book demonstrates how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic Church, and it addresses all the common questions about the Bible including: Where did the Bible come from? Why is the Bible so important? Is the Bible really inspired by God? Why do Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles? Do I have to take the Bible literally? How do I know if I am interpreting the Bible correctly? Why do we need Tradition and the Magisterium to understand Scripture? What are the four senses of Scripture? Why are there different translations of the Bible Which is best? How can archeology, history and geography enrich our study of Scripture? What are the Dead Sea Scrolls? How should we as Catholics interpret Scripture? What is lectio divina? What about Gnostic gospels and other non-biblical books? As Catholics we are called to have an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Church as revealed in the Scriptures. Reading the Bible with the proper tools and in the appropriate context will help you grow in your love for the Faith and in your relationship with Jesus Christ himself, who is "the Word made Flesh," (John 1:1).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934217788
  • Publisher: Ascension Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 149
  • Sales rank: 184,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Biblical Abbreviations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Divine Revelation: The Unveiling of God

Chapter 1 Is the Bible Really Inspired by God? 7

Chapter 2 Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium 13

Part II Five Keys for Interpreting Scripture Correctly

Introduction to Part II 25

Chapter 3 The First Key: Discover the Author's Intention 27

Chapter 4 The Second Key: Be Attentive to the Unity of Scripture 35

Chapter 5 The Third Key: Read Scripture within the Living Tradition of the Church 43

Chapter 6 The Fourth Key: Read Scripture within the, symphony of God's Revelation 51

Chapter 7 The Fifth Key: Use the Four Senses of Scripture 57

Part III Where Did the Bible Come From?

Chapter 8 The New Testament Canon and the Gnostic "Gospels" 67

Chapter 9 Why Are Catholic Bibles Bigger? The Old Testament and the Deuterocanonical Books 75

Part IV Biblical Background

Chapter 10 Taking God at His Word: Is the Bible Trustworthy? 85

Chapter 11 The World of the Bible: Archaeology, Geography, and History 93

Chapter 12 Knowing God's Story: The Twelve Period of Biblical History 111

Chapter 13 Getting Started: Translations, Resources, and Methods 123

Chapter 14 Lectio Divina: Praying Scripture 135

Index 139

About the Author 149

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  • Anonymous

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    An important read for all Christians, not just Catholics

    This booked is packed with documented facts about the importance of the Bible in the Roman Catholic faith. It relays how the components of the Mass are documented in the Bible. The author does a great job of breaking down the importance of looking at the who, what, when and how, so that everything is understood in the context and time that it was written. I recommend it to RCIA candidates, especially.

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