How To Read The Bible

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An easy 4 step process on how Catholics read the bible.

An easy 4 step process on how Catholics read the bible.

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