The Bible is central to our faith as Catholics. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years is intimidating for most of us. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is time spent encountering the living God.
The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the word with confidence and purpose. This book demonstrates how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic Church, and it addresses many of the common questions about the Bible, including:
Where did the Bible come from?
Why is the Bible so importance?
Is the Bible really inspired by God?
Why do Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles?
Do I have to take the Bible literally?
How do I know if I am interpreting the Bible the Bible correctly?
What are there different translation of the Bible? Which is best?
How can archeology, history, and geography enrich our study of Scripture?
What are the Dead Sea Scrolls?
How should we as Catholics interpret Scripture?
What is Lectio Divina?
What about Gnostic gospels and other non-biblical books?
Why do we need Tradition and the Magisterium to understand Scriptures?
As Catholics we are called to have an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Church as revealed in the Scriptures. Reading the Bible with the proper tools and in the appropriate context will help you grow in your love for the Faith and in your relationship with Jesus Christ himself, who is "the Word made Flesh" (John 1.1)
Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally-known Catholic speaker and the author of several best-selling books. He is provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute and founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Dr. Sri holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their six children in Littleton, Colorado.