Bible study

There are three categories of resources on this page: bible study programs (individual, group and online), dramatized bible readings on CD or via electronic download, and a list of approved bibles for Catholic study.

Bible study programs

The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study - Locate a Catholic bible study group near you or start one! This program provides an overview of the bible, focusing on 14 narrative books that tell the story of scripture from the beginning to the end. They are supported by an advisory board of Catholic leaders, and every Great Adventure Bible study has been granted the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, indicating that they are free from doctrinal or moral error.

Catholic Way Bible Study - Join the many who have learned about God’s word with this powerful method. Easy to implement and full of practical pointers, CWBS will open new horizons in your individual life, small group, or parish study group.

This is a comprehensive study combining daily bible reading, study and weekly lessons, with group discussion of questions followed by a wrap-up lecture, prayer and fellowship. The format is flexible and is adaptable to groups of any size or for your personal enjoyment.

Six Weeks with the Bible - A unique Catholic Bible study series ideal for small Bible study groups as well as individual study. The series’ 57 titles—available in English, Spanish, and teen versions help Catholics grow more confident in their understanding of Scripture and more comfortable in sharing their faith with others.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology - Founded by Dr. Scott Hahn, they offer a free online bible study. There are seven individual courses. Each course contains a complete text, including cross-references and links to Scripture and other Church documents. In addition, for each track of study we recommend books that will enhance your study and prayer and build your library of essential works in biblical theology and spirituality.

They also offer free audio courses here.

Verbum - (powered by Logos Bible Software) is an immense and intuitive Catholic library that makes it easier than ever before to delve into Scripture and Tradition. Simply enter a verse or topic and press go, and Verbum will present you with the most meaningful and relevant results from Scripture, the Catechism, Church Fathers, and other key texts from the Tradition. Whether you're studying at home, work, or school, Verbum will sync your books and resources across all your devices. Verbum brings the tools of the twenty-first century to the Tradition of the Church.

Accordance Bible Software - Like Verbum, there are modules that can be purchased for the study of Catholicism. Enter Catholic in the search bar on the site to see what can be added on to the base level Starter package. There are essentially two major add-ons: Catholic Bibles and texts (which is everything Accordance offers) or the more basic Catholic Documents Group.

Audio-based bibles

Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible - Endorsed by the Vatican with an imprimatur, this dramatic reading of the New Testament features emotional performances, recorded word-for-word by internationally-renowned actors. It's further enhanced with original sound effects to make you feel, react, experience each biblical event as if you were there. There's also 22 hours of originally orchestrated music composed with hundreds of instruments that will enlighten and move you. Comes in audio CD for or via downloadable audio files.

Catholic MP3 Vault - MP3 Catholic Bible allows you to listen to the entire bible. The readers use the Douay-Rheims translation from the Latin Vulgate. These MP3s are streamed to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, not downloaded, so they take up no storage space on your device. A connection is required for the MP3 to play properly.

Approved bible translations (United States)

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have a list of approved translations of the sacred scriptures for private use and study by Catholics. This list covers versions of the bible from 1983 to present specifically. Here are a few from that list:
Check the complete list here.

I've also read The Douay-Rheims (you'll want the 1611 version not the newer Bishop Chanoller update), The New Jersualem Bible, and The Knox Translation are very nice versions. Read what EWTN, and Catholic Answers have to say about this.

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