Bible Study

 

“Learn the heart of God from the word of God.”
(St Gregory)
 

 

Why study the Bible?

The Church has always venerated God’s Word in Sacred Scripture, and all are encouraged to study and reflect on that Word. 

“The sacred synod also earnestly and especially urges all the Christian faithful, especially Religious, to learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the ‘excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ’ (Phil. 3:8)”  

By reading, reflecting, and studying God’s Word in Scripture, we can discover more deeply who Christ is. We nurture our relationship with Christ and see more clearly and authentically what he was about. We learn how the story of Jesus completely fulfilled all the promises of the Old Testament. Jesus’ new covenant makes sense when seen in light of previous covenants God had made with the people of Israel. We begin to see and understand the story of the Bible as the story of our family of faith, and where we ourselves fit into that story.

Many parishes in the diocese have regular Bible Study groups. If you would like further information or assistance in establishing groups, please contact us.

Deep Misunderstanding about the Bible

by Bishop Robert Barron
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htxOjJHB5-8

In this short video, Fr Barron explains how there are many genres in the Bible, and how easy it is to misunderstand this.

 

 

Bible Study Opportunities and Resources

Office for Evangelisation 

The Office for Evangelisation provides opportunities throughout the year to study Scripture, including a Bible Conference. Please check the Calendar of Events for details. 

The Office for Evangelisation also holds a number of resources, such as Little Rock and The Great Adventure resources. Books and resources can also be borrowed from the David L. Walker Library at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills.

Suggestions on the study of the Gospel of Mark can be downloaded below.

Little Rock Scripture Study

Little Rock Scripture Study is a small-group Bible study program. Participants use a study guide and a commentary book. Studies include books of the Bible, as well as Bible overview programs.

The main elements of the program are:

  • Daily personal reading of text and commentary
  • Weekly small group sharing, which includes a wrap-up lecture available on CD or DVD

Resources are available in Australia at http://www.erdu.com.au

Six Weeks With the Bible

The Six Weeks with the Bible series is published by Loyola Press and is a small-group program with guided questions and comment on the text. Booklets can be purchased at http://www.loyolapress.com/six-weeks-with-the-bible-series.htm

The Great Adventure

The Great Adventure is a series of Bible Study resources which give an overview of the Bible. ‘The Bible Timeline’ tells the story of the whole Bible over 24 weeks, whilst ‘A Quick Journey Through the Bible’ is a shorter 8-week program. Other studies are Matthew and Acts, and studies are also available for teens and children.
The program includes video input and small-group discussion, with a study guide and leaflet/bookmark of the periods of the Bible. Resources are available at http://ascensionpress.com/t/category/study-programs/catholic-bible-study

Broken Bay Institute

Adult Faith Online Topics

  • The Word of the Lord - Introducing the Scriptures
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • The Gospel of Mark

Each course of 4-5 sessions is offered online. Sessions include video input and creative prayer experiences, and are suitable for individual or group use.

Catholic Correspondence Courses

  • Introduction to the Old Testament; Introduction to the New Testament;The Psalms; The Prophets; The Gospel of Mark; The Teaching of St John; Letters of St Paul

These courses offer more in depth study, with teaching notes and readings provided for each topic. Written work is required to be submitted. Biblical courses at academic level are also offered.

E-Conference resources

Several BBI e-conferences have focused on biblical content. The material can be purchased on DVD.

  • St Luke – Come to the Table
  • Following Jesus – Matthew
  • The Gospel of John: the Love of God Made Visible
  • The Gospel of Mark: a Crucified and Risen Messiah
  • The Man and his Mission – The Year of St Paul

Find out more about the above BBI courses and materials by phoning 9847 0540 or http://www.bbi.catholic.edu.au/site/Shop---DVDs/

Light of Torah

Light of Torah is an initiative which aims to awaken Catholics to the beauty and riches of the Hebrew Scriptures. It is a network of people who engage in studying the Torah (the first 5 books of the Old Testament), and so grow in appreciation of these foundational texts. Light of Torah groups are operating in several parishes. Weekly leaflets are available online.

Find more information on Light of Torah at http://lightoftorah.net

Studying Hebrew

A knowledge of Hebrew allows us to read books of the Old Testament in their original language. Courses, including online options, are available at Easy Learn Hebrew at http://www.easylearnhebrew.com/

Other resources

Online Gospel commentaries by Fr John McKinnon

http://www.johnmckinnon.org/

Extensive online Biblical commentaries by Fr Michael Fallon msc, including audio files

http://www.mbfallon.com/

US Catholic Bishops Conference Book Introductions

hhttp://www.usccb.org/bible/books-of-the-bible/index.cfm

Yale University Open Courses – Introduction to the Old Testament

http://oyc.yale.edu/religious-studies/rlst-145

Reading the Old Testament – Barry L. Bandstra

http://barrybandstra.com/rtot4/rtot4-00-toc.html

St Paul Centre for Biblical Theology online courses

http://www.salvationhistory.com/

 Study Guides

New Collegeville Bible Commentaries
Navarre Bible
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

EWTN resources

EWTN Audio courses

http://www.ewtn.com/

http://www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/series_index.asp

Bishop David L. Walker Library

https://library.dbb.org.au/

 

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001
news@dbb.org.au

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