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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, Protestants 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. Catholics base their faith on Scripture and Tradition, while Protestants tend to focus on one source, "sola scriptura" (only scripture). One of the first flaws to mention in that approach is that there is nowhere in scripture that claims that if something is not in scripture then it is not divinely revealed truth. Different interpretations of the scripture abound and often lead to confusion and arguments about what the text really means. 

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. These readings are found in the books known as the "Lectionary."

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 in a systematic and orderly progression. We do not simply read the passages that we like or that echo our personal beliefs. We do not just read what the pastor wants to read, we read what the Church wants us to read. Some of the readings will be consoling and others will be more challenging to us. 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 many available links for audio and video and written information about the Bible and lectionary readings. These are available in English and Spanish by clicking the desired links.


Arizona Bible Class by Kevin Saunders 

Many of our parishioners have attended his classes locally and found them very rewarding.

Biblical Pronunciation Guide

BibleSpeak offers the most comprehensive resource on the web for Bible name pronunciation. Learn how to pronounce hundreds of Bible words with the click of a button – all for free. If you’re a Bible teacher, Pastor or Christian who wants to know how to pronounce those difficult Bible names correctly, look no further!

Disclaimer: SaintCofA parish does not necessarily agree with every resource available on this website since it is not a vetted Catholic site, but the pronunciation guide is very useful for those who proclaim the Scriptures at Catholic Mass and in study groups.







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