DIY: Get the Idea of the Bible

Easy Tips and Tricks for Bible Knowledge

Bible "Must Knows"

  1. It's a library of 73 books.
  2. The Bible is split into two books: Old (before Jesus) and New Testament (after Jesus' birth).
  3. It is a story of God's relationship with his people.
  4. It isn't a history or science book or political announcement.
  5. The Bible and Jesus Christ are the Word of God.

The Old Testament

It gets us ready for when Jesus comes, and its covenants, prophecies, laws, and wisdom find their true fulfillment in Jesus' life, death and Resurrection.

Grouped into these sections:

  • Pentateuch - means "five books"; contains the early stories, history and laws of the Israelites
  • The Historical Books - ranged around 1250 BC to 100 BC; about Israelites staying in the Promised Land, their kings' rise/fall, scattering into Exile then later coming back to the Promised Land
  • The Wisdom and Poetry Books - hymns, poems, proverbs and stories
  • The Prophets - people who speak God's Word; contains recorded prophecies and stories of 16 of Israel's prophets; also condemnation of Israel's idolatry, false worship and unjust practices; prophecies of comfort and promise for the people of God
  • The Development of the Old Testament - first passed down by mouth (oral tradition) then by 1000 BC events started being documented; began being written in Hebrew then Greek

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Tuesday, March 4th, 10am


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  • Learn more about the Bible and the basics of it

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: When is a good time to pray when reading the Bible?

A: It's good to pray before to open up our hearts and minds to God's Word and after reading to help us become more holy and faithful people.

Q: What's the best type of Bible to get?

A: The Catholic Bible because it has the full list of books with introductions and further notes.

Q: What's the best way to live out the messages in the Bible?

A: Apply them to our lives and live out the Word of God.

Q: What books are in the dueterocanonical?

A: Tobit, Judith, First and Second Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, Baruch and other books relating to Esther and Daniel

Q: What are Protestant Bibles that don't which don't include those books called?

A: The Apocrypha.

Q: What are some Catholic translations of the Catholic Bible?

A: The New American Bible (NAB); the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB); the Good News Translation, Catholic Edition (GNT); and the New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition (NRSV).

Works Cited

Dreier, Gary. "Bible 101: A Basic Introduction to the Word of God." St. Mary's Press. St. Mary's Press, 2011. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. <>.

"Reading Scripture: The Old Testament, the Torah and Prophecy | Fr. Ted's Blog." Fr Teds Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2014. <>.

Sperry, Mary E. "Understanding the Bible." United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. <>.

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