How To Read The Bible

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How To Read The Bible

  1. 1. How to Read the Bible By Mike Hayes BustedHalo® Catholic Information Center
  2. 2. The Bible is Not a Book <ul><li>It is a collection of books </li></ul><ul><li>it was not meant to be: </li></ul><ul><li>history </li></ul><ul><li>science </li></ul><ul><li>journalism </li></ul><ul><li>biography </li></ul><ul><li>It is the author of the individual books best attempt to describe their experience of God. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Is it written by God? <ul><li>“ divinely inspired” </li></ul><ul><li>Holy Spirit chose to work through human beings </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparation <ul><li>Find a quiet place </li></ul><ul><li>Pray </li></ul><ul><li>What’s going on in your life? </li></ul><ul><li>You are preparing to “listen” with the ears of inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Get a Bible – New American Bible is the version Catholics use </li></ul>
  5. 5. Step One: Pick a text and read it <ul><li>� What does the passage say EXACTLY? </li></ul><ul><li>� Does it make sense? </li></ul><ul><li>� Is it different or the same as I expected? </li></ul><ul><li>Example: Find the “apple” in the Garden of Eden </li></ul>
  6. 6. Step 2: Context <ul><li>Look at passages before and after a verse. </li></ul><ul><li>Historical and Cultural Context </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: </li></ul><ul><li>� What is happening in the sections before and after the passage I chose? </li></ul><ul><li>� Is there anything that I just don't get? </li></ul><ul><li>� Are there special customs or cultural background here that would help me? </li></ul><ul><li>TOOLS: The CHURCH – what have biblical scholars said about this. Use your bible’s footnotes, biblical commentaries, etc. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step 3: Understand Mystery <ul><li>You can’t pin God down </li></ul><ul><li>Best we can do is tell stories </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the biblical section as “God’s Story” </li></ul><ul><li>� Whose story is this passage telling? Who is it about? </li></ul><ul><li>� How do I feel when I hear it? </li></ul><ul><li>� What ultimately is the point and what can we learn from it? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step 4: So What? <ul><li>How does this have implications for my own life? </li></ul><ul><li>What has the church said about the passage and what does that call me to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the lesson? </li></ul><ul><li>Good Samaritan: I am responsible for people who are different from me. </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus asking Peter to walk on water: Fear is often what keeps us from trusting God (Matthew 14:23-33). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions and Comments <ul><li>My Contact info: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>212 265 3209 x205 </li></ul>

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