BIBLE BASICS, PART VI

The Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, among many other things, recommended Bible reading to Catholics.   Thanks to this document and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, Catholics now can enter into the Scriptures in a...

BIBLE BASICS, PART V

How do we make sense of the differences between Catholic and Protestant versions of the Bible?  I touched briefly on this earlier; it’s time for a more detailed analysis. Because Jews were scattered all over what ultimately became the Roman Empire, thanks to conquests...

BIBLE BASICS, PART IV

How and when was the book we call “The Bible” actually assembled?  What was the process by which books were or were not included in it?  Who made the decisions?  These are important questions, especially here in the South where there are many Protestant “Bible-only”...

BIBLE BASICS, PART III

Who were “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and did they write their Gospels on their own?”  This is a wonderfully complicated question! Let’s just say, for starters, that we think we might know who the authors are, and they certainly did not write ‘on their own.’ The...

BIBLE BASICS, PART 2

“I do know [the people who wrote the Old Testament] were inspired by God to write,” so says a questioner.  And it’s true, but this is a potentially misleading way of expressing the truth of Biblical inspiration.  Let’s explore the question in some detail. Some...