Catholic Bible1. Be sure to have a Catholic Bible that includes all 73 books.

We recommend the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition, or the RSVCE. This beautiful translation is approved by the Catholic Church and includes maps and helpful references.

Another popular translation is the New American Bible, or the NAB. You can also find a Catholic Teen Bible here.

2. Learn how to read and study Scripture as a Catholic.

Having a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will help you to read Scripture within the living Tradition of the Church. If you don’t own a copy, you can purchase it here, or you can view the USCCB’s free online version.

Dr. Edward Sri’s book, The Bible Compass: A Catholics Guide to Navigating the Scriptures, explains how to read and understand the Bible as a Catholic. It’s an easy read, and immensely helpful.

3. Get the “Big Picture” of the Bible by knowing the story of Scripture.

If you want to understand the Bible, then it is essential to know the story that ties everything together. The Bible Timeline Chart lays out the story of salvation history in a visual, easy-to-follow, color-coded system. Knowing this story will help you to understand how each book fits within God’s loving plan for our lives.

There are several ways you can get the “Big Picture” of the Bible:

    1. Take Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. This eight-part series is the best place to begin Catholic Bible study.
    2. Sign up for The Bible Timeline Reading Plan.
    3. Dive into the story with The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation. This 24-part series provides an in-depth look of the entire Biblical narrative.
    4. In Walking With God: A Journey Through the Bible you can read the story in one captivating and inspirational book.
    5. The Bible Timeline Guided Journal will help you to read and reflect on the fourteen narrative books of Scripture that tell the story.

4. Tabs help you easily find each Book of the Bible and where they fit in Salvation History.

Our color-coded Bible Indexing Tabs correspond to the twelve Periods of The Bible Timeline learning system. These tabs help you locate all 73 books of the Catholic Bible within Salvation History easily and quickly. Click here to watch Jeff Cavins demonstrate how to use your tabs.

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5. Bible Maps are the key to knowing where Salvation History occurred and why it matters.

The places and locations of Scripture are important because they, too, tell a story. In fact, they’re so important that some scholars have referred to biblical geography as the “fifth gospel.”

If you want to know this “fifth gospel,” we recommend using Then & Now Bible Maps. These maps show where major biblical events took place (Then), and have transparent overlays that show where those places are today (Now). Click here to watch Jeff Cavins’ demonstration on how to use your maps.

Watch the Maps Video

6. Don’t just read the Word of God, pray with it.

Our study of the Bible should lead to a conversation with God that ultimately brings us to a deeper relationship with him, and a commitment to follow his will for our lives. The Walking Toward Eternity series is designed to help you prayerfully speak with God in Scripture so that you can put your faith into practice.

We also recommend Dr. Tim Gray’s book, Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divina. Learning the simple and practical steps of lectio divina is a powerful way to enrich your prayer, to deepen your personal communion with God, and to hear His Word for your life.

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