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What’s the best way to study the Bible online?

Joe Paprocki Answers:

Today there are many resources available for Catholics to delve more deeply into the Word of God online. A good place to begin is simply by linking to the New American Bible online, provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Here you can read the translation that Catholics hear at Mass in the United States while accessing all of the footnotes and introductory resources that accompany it. Beginners may want to visit a site such as Daily Word of Life: Home Bible Study by Kay Murdy which provides some very nice basics for understanding God’s Word in Scripture. A good way to engage with Scripture online in a very Catholic manner is to focus on the Sunday Scripture readings. Weekly reflections and background on the Sunday Scripture readings can be found at sites such as Meeting Christ in the Liturgy (Christus Rex), The Sunday Connection (Loyola Press), The Center for Liturgy Sunday Web Site (St. Louis University), St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church Bible Studies, and Daily Reflections (Creighton University Online Ministries) to name a few. For a more formal and systematic approach to Scripture study, look into E.N.T.E.R. (Electronic New Testament Educational Resources by Felix Just, SJ), Catholic Scripture Study International, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and Agape Catholic Bible Study. Finally, a good resource for serious online Bible study is Biblia Clerus which is offered by The Congregation for the Clergy, enabling you to connect Sacred Scripture to the teachings of many Doctors of the Church, Encyclicals, Councils, and teachings of the popes as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

All of these sites serve to remind us that, as Catholics, we do not encounter Scripture alone, but do so within the context and Tradition of the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Author : Joe Paprocki
Joe Paprocki, D.Min., is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press in Chicago. He has over 30 years of experience in pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Joe is the author of numerous books on pastoral ministry and catechesis, including The Bible Blueprint, Living the Mass, and bestsellers The Catechist's Toolbox and A Well-Built Faith (all from Loyola Press).
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  • Joyce Donahue

    You can also take “Introduction to the Old Testament” or “Introduction to the New Testament” from University of Dayton Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation. If your diocese is a member, there is a discount, but 5-week courses are $90 ($40 with discount) Great online learning with other adults and a trained facilitator. http://vlc.udayton.edu/

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