Introduction to the Bible A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture

ISBN-10: 081461700X
ISBN-13: 9780814617007
Edition: 2007
Authors: Stephen J. Binz
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Description: Catholics are often reluctant to begin reading the Bible, this for various reasons. Perhaps we hang on to the notion that the Bible is a book meant for display, for recording the dates of family members' births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Or  More...

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List price: $8.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Publication date: 5/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Catholics are often reluctant to begin reading the Bible, this for various reasons. Perhaps we hang on to the notion that the Bible is a book meant for display, for recording the dates of family members' births, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Or perhaps we once attempted to read the Bible and discovered there a culture entirely different from ours--and came to the conclusion that the Bible had nothing relevant to say to us in this place and time. Attentive to these and the many other reasons Catholics might give for not reading Scripture, Stephen Binz offers practical explanations that will make the Bible less foreign and more familiar. Introduction to the Bible allows readers to discover how the Bible came to be, how to choose a Bible translation, how to interpret the Bible within Catholic tradition, and how to benefit the most from Bible study. Of greatest importance, however, readers will come to understand the transforming power of God's word as they more intimately come to know the Word Incarnate, Jesus Christ.

Preface
The Bible As God's Self-Revelation
God Entered into an Ongoing Covenant
The Old Testament
The New Testament
Roadblocks to Reading the Bible
The Word of God in Christian Life
Commitment to God's Word
The Transforming Power of the Word of God
The Role of the Holy Spirit
Choosing a Bible Today
The Catholic and Protestant Versions
Deciding Which Bible to Use
Methods of Biblical Translation
Formal Equivalence Translations in Modern English
Dynamic Equivalence Translations in Modern English
So Which Bible Should I Read?
Exploring Your Bible
The Order of the Biblical Books
Understanding Biblical Citations
Looking Up Bible Passages
Helpful Additions to the Bible
The Scriptures of God's People
The Hebrew Scriptures Formed Over Centuries
The New Testament Formed Through the Life of the Church
The Stages of the Bible's Development
The Inspired Word of God's Church
Human Limitations and God's Truth
The Bible is the Book of the Church
A Church Nourished by Sacred Scripture
The Word of God in Human Words
Literary Forms in the Bible
Examples of Literary Forms in the Bible
The Historical Reliability of the Bible
The Challenge of Faithful Interpretation
The Literal Sense and the Fuller Senses
Example of Multiple Senses
Considerations for Faithful Interpretation
The Fallacy of Biblical Fundamentalism
Characteristics of Biblical Fundamentalism
The Christian Challenge
The Canon of the Bible
Formation of the Old Testament Canon
The Collection of Old Testament Books
The Composition of New Testament Books
Formation of the New Testament Canon
The Importance of Biblical Scholarship
Author, Text, and Audience
Discovering What the Text Meant-The Historical-Critical Approach
Discovering What the Text Means-Other Methods of Scholarship
How to Read and Study the Bible
A Few Practical Suggestions
Tools for Studying the Bible
A Method for Personal Daily Study
Group Study of the Bible
Let's Go Forward

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