The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible is a collection of books authored by God to reveal Himself and his plan to man.

Originally written down over centuries by various men from different locations and in their native languages, the Catholic Church oversaw the translation and collection of this Sacred Scripture into one holy book.

The Old Testament consists of 46 books beginning with the story of Creation and then following God’s chosen people over centuries as they wait for the promised Savior of the World.

The 27 books of the New Testament begin with events leading up to the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ and continues with writings from the early Church after his death and Resurrection.

The Bible is necessary for studying and teaching about God and is an important part of the Church’s liturgy.

Catholics are people of the Bible:

The Bible is true in the greatest sense of true:

Scripture is the Word of God:

In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, “but as what it really is, the word of God”. “In the sacred books, the Father Who is in Heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 104

God shares who He is and who we are:

The Bible did not always exist:

The Bible represents the teaching of the Church:

A key concept for understanding the sacred text as the Word of God in human words is certainly that of inspiration. Here too we can suggest an analogy: as the Word of God became flesh by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, so sacred Scripture is born from the womb of the Church by the power of the same Spirit. Sacred Scripture is “the Word of God set down in writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit”. In this way one recognizes the full importance of the human author who wrote the inspired texts and, at the same time, God himself as the true author.

Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini, September 30, 2010

Many different books make up the Bible:

The Old and New Testaments are made up of different parts:

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

John 20: 30-31

The Catholic Church makes sense of the Bible:

The Scriptures point toward Catholic teaching:

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

God passionately pursues us:

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