About The Great Adventure
The Bible is at the Heart of Our Faith…
… and our relationship with God. Scripture informs our beliefs and inspires our devotions. It is the living Word of God, where our Father meets with us and lovingly speaks to us. Reading the Bible should bring us closer to Christ, but understanding it is not always easy. Many people tell me they have tried time and again to prayfully read Scripture, but they get frustrated because they “just don’t get it.”
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program is designed in such a way that anyone can make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. Hundreds of thousands of people have found new meaning in their lives after going through The Great Adventure Bible studies. It is my prayer that you, too, will see how a newfound understanding of God’s Word can transform your life and bring you closer to Christ.
Creator & President, The Great Adventure
Director of Evangelization & Catechesis, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis
The Great Adventure Bible Timeline Learning System
“The Easiest Way to Understand the Bible”
The key to understanding the Bible is finding the story that ties it all together. The Great Adventure Bible Timeline learning system makes the complex simple by helping you to uncover the story woven through Scripture, so that you can make sense of it.
It simplifies the Bible by focusing on 14 narrative books that tell the story of Scripture from beginning to end
It divides the Story into 12 time periods, like chapters in Salvation History
It ties all of Scripture together by following God’s “family plan” from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church
It makes it easy to remember by color-coding each of the time periods
A Uniquely Catholic Bible Study
The Great Adventure introduces Catholics to Scripture, equipping them with a basic biblical literacy. We are supported by an advisory board of Catholic leaders, and every Great Adventure Bible study has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, indicating that they are free from doctrinal or moral error.
Although its authors and instructors are well steeped in Catholic biblical scholarship, The Great Adventure is catechetical in nature and does not treat Scripture in a purely academic manner.
Given its catechetical and evangelistic nature, The Great Adventure focuses on the final form of the text, using what is often referred to as a canonical (or narrative) approach to Scripture. This is an approach emphasized in the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s 1993 document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church.
The authors of The Great Adventure recognize and employ diverse methods of biblical interpretation to help discover both the human and divine aspects of Sacred Scripture. For the beginner to best understand the intentions of the human authors, whom God inspired, special attention is given to the historical circumstances, culture, and modes of writing (see Dei Verbum 12). As such, The Great Adventure always seeks to use history and its related fields of study to shed light on the biblical text.
I am impressed with the methodology and growth of The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible. The canonical approach that The Great Adventure employs is a marvelous way to introduce the faithful to salvation history. When Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium are all brought together in study, the result is a clearer picture of God’s will, resulting in a road map for living. The Great Adventure, being faithful to Dei Verbum (the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on Divine Revelation), is bearing much fruit in the Church today and contributing to a stronger, more informed laity.
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago, Illinois