If you want an introduction to the Bible, select one or more of the following activities. . .
- Participate in the “Welcome to the Bible” program at church
- Watch the video programs on how to read the Bible
- Watch the video program with an overview of the Old Testament and New Testament
- Use the Guide to select a Study Bible and find the Bible online
- Participate in the 30-Day Bible Experience: Reading one Gospel (Matthew, Mark, or Luke)
Introduction to Scripture
An Introduction to the Books of the Bible
Take your own self-paced, online journey through the Bible with the help of the Enter the Bible website. Read a Book of the Bible while you learn about the people, places, culture, and theological themes in the Gospels. Watch the videos, when included, to explore more deeply the Bible and its message and meaning for today.
How to Read the Bible
THE PRIMA PROCESS
Prima is the Latin word for first. In the PRIMA process, each letter of the word stands for a step in reading and studying the Bible individually or with a group. Using the PRIMA process helps you remember to keep God first in your life!
Pray. Begin with a prayer that your time with the Bible will draw you closer to God.
Read attentively, trusting that God will give you what you need to learn or grow.
Imagine what was going on when the passage was first written. What is its cultural and historical context? Try to put yourself into the story. What was the author trying to get across?
Meditate on what you have read. How does this fit in the context of the rest of the Bible's teaching? with the church's teaching? What do you think God is teaching you?
Apply what you have read to your life. God may be calling you to address a particular issue or relationship. Or you may find words of comfort and support you need at this particular time. Carry God's word into the rest of your day, the rest of your life!
(This article is from The Catholic Youth Bible, Revised, Brian Singer-Towns, general editor. Copyright © 2005 by Saint Mary's Press.
If you want to grow in your practice of reading and studying the Bible. . .
- Develop a daily plan for reading the Bible
- Participate in the lectio divina reflection group after Sunday worship
- Learn how to pray with the Bible
- Join a Bible study group (church, home, coffee shop, online)
Learn How to Read the Bible - Join a Small Group
The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding
and Embracing God’s Word
Catholics are hungry for a greater knowledge of the Bible. By reading
the Bible, we enter into a more intimate relationship with God who
reveals himself to us throughout salvation history, culminating in the
Incarnation of Jesus—the Word made flesh. Unfortunately, for many
Catholics, reading and understanding the Bible can be intimidating.
Many Catholics have grown up “biblically deprived” and have developed a
sort of “bibliaphobia”—a fear of reading the Bible! The good news is that,
with a few tips and some practice, reading and understanding the Bible
can become much easier and extremely fulfilling. The Bible Blueprint: A
Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word is designed
to help Catholics overcome their initial fears of the Bible and to discover
God’s loving Word and its power for their lives
Session 1 Discovering the Bible Blueprint
Session 2 Overcoming “Bibliaphobia”
Session 3 Preparing to Enter God’s Library
Session 4 The Bible’s Floor Plan
Session 5 Information Blocks: Footnotes and Cross-References
Session 6 Recognizing Symbolic Language in the Bible
Session 7 Do the Math--Numbers in the Bible
Session 8 Draftsman Tools: The Tools of Interpretation
Session 9 First Steps and Next Steps
Practicing with the Bible - Lectio Divina
Fr. James Martin, S.J., Editor at Large at America Magazine
Daily Bible Reading
Daily Bible Reading Plan
Reading the Bible is one of the best ways to learn about God and His desire to have a relationship with you. You can start now by downloading A Year with the Bible, a guide that will walk you through daily passages, help you engage with God’s word and deepen your walk of faith. When you download the guide, you will also be able to access Bible study resources, memorization apps and search tools that will help expand and deepen your Scripture journey.
If you want to go deeper in understanding the meaning of the Bible. . . .
- Read the Bible in 365 days
- Develop a personal Bible study plan
- Take an online course: Hebrew Scriptures, Gospels, Letters of Paul
- Study and pray the Psalms as a spiritual practice
Studying & Praying the Psalms
Develop a Bible Reading & Study Plan
The YouVersion Bible App is free for your phone, tablet, or computer. It has hundreds of Bible versions in hundreds of languages. The team at YouVersion creates reading plans for users. The Gospels reading plan will help you read through all four Gospels in thirty days. Get firm grasp of Jesus' life and ministry in a short span of time.
Download the App and then search for the Gospels Reading plan.