Overview of the Bible, Catholic Style
Last time, we talked about the Bible and how Catholics interpret the Bible.
Sketchy Catholicism has a nice 2.5 minute overview of the Bible https://youtu.be/OzbDt3efkGE
Bishop Barron gives a nice, if professorial, discussion on how Catholics interpret and DO NOT interpret the Bible https://youtu.be/ZGDDKlXl488
He mentions in this, that “Dei Verbum,” one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, tells us that the Bible is the Word of God, but in the words of men.
- Dei Verbum at the Vatican website: https://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html
- Saint Mary’s Press has a summary written by Deacon Ed Sheffer: Summary of Dei Verbum https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/resource/4070/
Find and (Book) Mark Your Bible
We found and bookmarked some of books of the bible
The Gospel of Mark
Mark is the shortest of the four gospels. It was actually the first one written, even though it is listed after Matthew.
The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
The book of Isaiah is found in the Prophetic books of the Old Testament. Isaiah is considered one of the three major prophets, along with Jeremiah and Ezekiel. These three are considered major prophets because they are the three longest of the prophetic books. The others are referred to as the “minor prophets.”
The Book of Exodus
Exodus is found toward the beginning of the Old Testament in the section called the Pentateuch, which means five part writing, because it is composed of the first five books of the Old Testament. The other books of the Pentateuch are Genesis, Leviticus, Deuteronomy and Numbers. These books make up what the Jews refer as the Torah.
Paul’s Letter to the Romans
Romans is the first letter or epistle listed. The epistles are letters to the early churches of the area, and many were written by Paul. Romans is often seen as Paul’s greatest letter as it explains his understanding of both salvation and faith.
The Book of Psalms
The Book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible and is part of the section of books in the Bible known as “Wisdom and Poetry.” Psalms are sung prayers that people prayed to God when they were feeling mad, sad, or glad depending upon what was happening in their lives at the moment. We still proclaim these psalms every Sunday during Mass after the first reading.
The Books of Kings (First and Second books, there are two!)
The book of Kings is found in the section called the “Historical Books.” Kings covers the history of Israel’s kings from Solomon until the fall of Jerusalem. David is considered Israel’s greatest king.
Moving to the New Testament this session
Twenty seven (27) books make up the New Testament. But there are really only 4 kinds of books.
The 1st kind of book you will find in the New Testament is called a gospel. Gospels were written in Greek but the word gospel comes from 2 old German words that mean good news. That’s because the stories about Jesus are good news for Christians. Gospels tell the story of the life and teachings of Jesus and the story of how he died and most importantly of his rising from the dead.
The 2nd kind of book in the New Testament is the Acts of the Apostles. This book tells us the story of what happened to the followers of Jesus after he died and rose from the dead. It tells us how Peter and Paul spread the teachings and how early Christians lived.
The 3rd kind of book in the New Testament is called an epistle, which means letter. There are 21 of them. Some are long, and some are short. The oldest and most important ones were written by Paul. He wrote to the Romans, Corinthians (twice), Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians (twice), Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.
There are also the letters of James, Peter, John and Jude and letters to the Hebrews.
The 4th part of the New Testament is a book called Revelation. It’s filled with short stories of strange dreams, intense battles, numbers with hidden meanings, dragons, earthquake, and secret signs of the future. It tells us about how Jesus is going to return to Earth and fight a war against the bad forces. It helps to understand this book was written at a time when really bad things were happening to Christians. But what it all boils down to is that you can always trust God to be with you.
Do you want to challenge your parents and friends to today’s Bible Kahoot?
We each shared someone that we want to pray for.
For mother, who turned 90
For a member of the Confirmation team who is having surgery on Wednesday
For my friend who has a relative who died of C19
For my friend, Brian, in Mexico, disabled and relies on family
For my family in Texas, 12 relatives, one who has the coronavirus
For my good friend Lilly w C19, who’s doing OK but it’s been a difficult recovery
For the people who have lost their jobs
For my grandfather, Salvador, in hospital now, doing better
For my grandparents – John & Karen, who are safe, but at risk because of age
For my grandparents’ safety, Luisa & Felipe
For my grandmother Ana who passed away a year ago, and my mom Laura (Ana’s daughter)
For my grandmother, Tavia
For my great aunt, Maria
For my grandmother Rose, for her to stay safe
For my friend with cancer, and for siblings who seniors graduating and planning to go to college next year
There’s a nice video to close this page with, made before the shelter-at-home era, but shows we can sing and pray together even when we are apart https://youtu.be/BumCkswUUDA
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