Understanding the Bible

A quick primer on the Bible from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Books of the Bible

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops provides the text of each book of the Bible on the web.

Family

Gospel Reflections (RCL Benziger)

The text for each Sunday’s Gospel reading with a brief reflection for families, suggestions for bringing the Gospel into your family and discussion starters. Simply click on “Gospel Reflections” and then the particular Sunday you want.

How Catholics can use the Old Testament in the Family

An article from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Children

LEGO The Story of Creation (via YouTube)

The Story of Creation in LEGO®. Created by Anthony D’Angelo.

LEGO Moses Movie (YouTube)

Moses and the Israelites leave Egypt. Music By Howard Shore. Created by MagicHouseFilms.

The Brick Bible for Kids: The Story of Christmas (via YouTube)

Gather the whole family to watch the story of the birth of Jesus illustrated using only LEGO bricks as part of the Brick Bible for Kids series of storybooks for younger children.

LEGO: The Good Samaritan (via YouTube)

This is a Lego version of the bible story found in Luke 10:25-37. Enjoy! Created by Josh Carroll.

LEGO The Passion of the Christ, Part 1 (YouTube)

This is the first segment of my Lego version of The Passion of the Christ movie. It covers the biblical story from the garden to the hanging of Judas Iscariot. Created by Josh Carroll.

LEGO: The Passion of the Christ, Part 2a (YouTube)

This is the second part of “Lego The Passion of the Christ.” It covers the biblical story of Jesus’ trial by Pilate, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. Feel free to share with as many as you can! Enjoy! Created by Josh Carroll.

LEGO: The Passion of the Christ, Part 2b (YouTube)

This is the second half of the second part of “Lego The Passion of the Christ.” It covers the biblical story of Jesus’ trial by Pilate, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. Feel free to share with as many as you can! Enjoy! Created by Josh Carroll.

Sunday Scripture Lesson Resources for Catechists (RCL Benziger)

RCL Benziger provides catechist background and preparation resources and age-appropriate lessons for each Sunday of the year’s readings (click on “Classroom Sessions”).

Teens

How to Find a Bible Verse (St. Mary's Press via YouTube)

Need some help finding a Bible verse using a citation? Here are our friends from Summon Entertainment to show you how.

Learning How to Read the Catholic Bible (St. Mary's Press via YouTube)

A personal story about learning how to read the Bible.

The Good Samaritan: A Modern Retelling (St. Mary's Press via YouTube)

A modern retelling of the parable of The Good Samaritan.

Sunday Scripture Lesson Resources for Catechists (RCL Benziger)

RCL Benziger provides catechist background and preparation resources and age-appropriate lessons for each Sunday of the year’s readings (click on “Classroom Sessions”).

Articles & PowerPoints from St. Mary's Press

A Brief History of Catholic Biblical Interpretation

A reading that gives a brief history of Catholic biblical interpretation.

Sharing the Good News

This activity helps students prepare to share the Good News of Jesus.

Scripture & Tradition Handout

Connections between Scripture passages and Catholic Tradition.

Revelation: a New Testament Apocalypse

An article on the Book of Revelation.

Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Letters

An article on the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline letters.

Paul's Cultural Context

A reading on Paul’s cultural context.

The Passion according to John

An article on the Passion according to John.

Jesus and Judaism

An article on Jesus and Judaism.

Oral Tradition

An article on oral tradition.

Non-canonical Gospels

An article on the non-canonical Gospels

New Testament Christologies

An article on New Testament Christologies.

Formation of the Canon

An article on the formation of the Canon (that is the list of books in the Bible).

How Should We Interpret Scripture?

An article on how we should interpret Scripture.

Canons and their Development

This article discusses the development of the Old and New Testament Canons and provides charts which compare and contrast different Christian or Jewish canons.

The Church and the Bible: a New Understanding

The Catholic Church’s attitude toward biblical study has undergone a sea of change in recent times. A world-renowned Scripture scholar explains why and how. Very often when older Catholics hear at Mass a presentation about the Bible they are puzzled. This article will help clear things up.

Adults

Little Rock Scripture

Catholic Bible Study series

Threshold Bible Study

Thematic study for individuals and groups

Questions about the Bible and the Lectionary

Some answers courtesy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Bible at the Core of Catholic Beliefs

Courtesy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Do Translations Matter?

Courtesy of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Celebrating 50 Years of Dei Verbum (Sadlier Religion via YouTube)

In preparation for National Bible Week, Michael Howard digs deeper into the word of God using Dei Verbum, The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (DV). Reflecting on a popular chapter from the book of Isaiah, participants will seek the Lord not only through God’s revelatory word, but also through DV.