Bible and Catechism

Below are links to bible related links including: Today’s Readings (from the USCCB), the Bible and Catechism in two formats: Vatican and the USCCB.

Just click and enjoy your exploring.

Today’s Readings

Vatican Provided Bible in English

Vatican Provided Catechism in English

USCCB Provided Bible and more

USCCB Provided Catechism

There are good videos and documents that attempt to explain how to read the Bible. There are also some that are grossly inadequate and full of errors. Here is an excellent video from Bishop Barron from 2011 that was done right after Pope Benedict released his second book on the life of Jesus:

The Vatican II document, “Dei Verbum” … “The Word of God” , explains how to read and interpret the Bible. Here is a short section from chapter 3 paragraph 12:

12. However, since God speaks in Sacred Scripture through men in human fashion, (6) the interpreter of Sacred Scripture, in order to see clearly what God wanted to communicate to us, should carefully investigate what meaning the sacred writers really intended, and what God wanted to manifest by means of their words.

To search out the intention of the sacred writers, attention should be given, among other things, to “literary forms.” For truth is set forth and expressed differently in texts which are variously historical, prophetic, poetic, or of other forms of discourse. The interpreter must investigate what meaning the sacred writer intended to express and actually expressed in particular circumstances by using contemporary literary forms in accordance with the situation of his own time and culture. (7) For the correct understanding of what the sacred author wanted to assert, due attention must be paid to the customary and characteristic styles of feeling, speaking and narrating which prevailed at the time of the sacred writer, and to the patterns men normally employed at that period in the everyday dealings with one another. (8)

But, since Holy Scripture must be read and interpreted in the sacred spirit in which it was written, (9) no less serious attention must be given to the content and unity of the whole of Scripture if the meaning of the sacred texts is to be correctly worked out. The living tradition of the whole Church must be taken into account along with the harmony which exists between elements of the faith. It is the task of exegetes to work according to these rules toward a better understanding and explanation of the meaning of Sacred Scripture, so that through preparatory study the judgment of the Church may mature. For all of what has been said about the way of interpreting Scripture is subject finally to the judgment of the Church, which carries out the divine commission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the word of God. (10)

How did the Bible get the books it has? There are many bibles out there, which ones have the right books? Why are some books included and others not? Dr Brant Pitre explains:

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