How do I study the Holy Bible?

Yesterday, I wrote about the importance of studying the Scriptures and how the Road to Emmaus in Luke 24 gives us a glance of Jesus explaining the Scriptures to his disciples on the day of his Resurrection. As I posted yesterday’s blog, I remembered that I had a list of doctrinally sound Bible Studies and Biblical Texts on and about the Scriptures from a talk I gave in November 2011 on Pope Benedict XVI Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord). These lists are by no means an exhaustive collection of texts one can use to facilitate knowledge on the Scriptures. They are simply good place for many individuals to begin.

If you can take the time and study Theology and the Scriptures at the collegiate level, I recommend Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado (only graduate school), and John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, California. These programs have Distance Education and Online Education options. For those who are not able study down this avenue, the Bible Studies and texts below are a good place for you to attain knowledge about the Word of God. I hope you find these resources helpful. It’s truly a desire of mine to lead a weekly Bible study, but teaching 122 high school students theology and posting to this blog keeps me pretty busy.

If you know of more Bible Studies or Biblical texts (include Author’s name and Publisher) that I don’t have on the lists, please write them in the comment section at the bottom of this post. I am always looking for more resources on the Scriptures.

The Four Evangelists

Bible Studies:

  1. The Great Adventure Bible Timeline – Jeff Cavins
  2. Salvation History.com – Genesis to Jesus and other Bible Studies – Scott Hahn
  3. Cors Ardens Catholic Scripture Study – Gayle Somers 
  4. The Sacred Page (Blog and Webcast) – Michael Barber, Brant Pitre, and John Bergsma
  5. Dr. John Bergsma – Franciscan University of Steubenville
  6. Catholic-Convert – Steve Ray (links to other studies)
  7. Catholic Scripture Study International – Gayle Buckley 

Biblical Texts:

  1. The Holy Bible – Revised Standard Edition, Second Catholic Edition, Ignatius Press
  2. The Catholic Church and the Bible – Peter M.J. Stravinskas, Ignatius Press
  3. Making Sense Out of Scripture – Mark P. Shea, Basilica Press
  4. Scripture in the Tradition – Henri De Lubac, Herder & Herder
  5. Jesus of Nazareth, Parts 1 and 2 – Pope Benedict XVI, Ignatius Press
  6. The Meaning of Tradition – Yves Congar, O.P., Ignatius Press
  7. Praying the Bible – Mariano Magrassi, The Liturgical Press
  8. The Navarre Bible Biblical Commentaries, Four Courts Press
  9. A Father Who Keeps His Promises – Scott Hahn, Servant Publications
  10.  A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture – Bishop Frederick Justus Kneght, D.D. (from the 16th German Edition), Tan Books and Publishers
  11.  Inside the Bible: An Introduction to Each Book of the Bible – Kenneth Baker, S.J., Ignatius Press
  12.  A Primer on Divine Revelation – Rev. Dwight P. Campbell, Scepter Publishers, Inc
  13. Kingship by Covenant – Scott W. Hahn, Yale University Press (not for the faint of heart – a scholastic work)
  14. St. John’s Gospel – Stephen K. Ray, Ignatius Press
  15. Psalms and Canticles ­– John Paul II and Benedict XVI (two books – started by Blessed John Paul II and finished by Pope Benedict XVI), Liturgy Training Publications & Catholic Truth Society
  16. St. Paul the Apostle – Pope Benedict XVI, Our Sunday Visitor
  17. The New Testament Documents - F. F. Bruce, IVP Academic
  18. See the Anglican Author – N.T. Wright

One thought on “How do I study the Holy Bible?

  1. It’s great to hear other’s methods of studying the Bible. My personal method is to open with a prayer, asking for the Holy Spirit to open my mind and allow me to learn what my Heavenly Father would have me learn from my study. I have my Bible open on my desk in front of me. To the side, I have a notebook and pen. I specify which chapter I’m reading, and jot down bullet-points of the messages and impressions I receive while reading. When I finish reading the amount I decided to read, I’ll set my scriptures aside and read from a Bible commentary book to get some more insight about what I just read. I will take notes on this as well if it gives unique insight. I always feel great afterwards.

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