St. Vincent de Paul Parish Scripture Study

Wildwood, Florida, USA

Our Bible Study will begin its annual Summer vacation at the end of May.

We will, however, have a summer course -- dates and times to be announced

New Documents:​

Study Guide: Numbers (2)

Choose a Bible

If you don't already own a Bible, the following links may be helpful as you make the decision to buy a Bible for use in our parish Scripture Study. I've provided an link to each Bible listed. Keep in mind that each translation is available in a variety of bindings at a wide range of prices.

The Didache Bible . This is a fairly recent publication of the Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition) of the Bible. I particularly like it because of its excellent commentary and footnotes, and its references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Available in several bindings.

Ignatius Bible . A Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition Bible, available in a variety of bindings. See also this link to the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible , which is published in a number of smaller paperbacks, each containing one or more books of the Bible.

New American Bible . Probably the most widely used English translation of the Bible in the U.S. It is available in a wide range of bindings, sizes, and prices. Some "study" versions also include extensive commentaries. Just do an Amazon search on "New American Bible" and you will be presented with dozens of choices.

New Jerusalem Bible . A version newly translated from the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek that many Catholics prefer because its text is more literal and less colloquial. It too is available in a variety of bindings.

For those who use laptops , iPads , or other tablets, all of these Bibles are available online or as apps, often for free or at very low prices. Many can be downloaded to your PC or tablet so you do not need internet access to use them.

Scriptural Links

A collection of links to documents, books, homilies, reflections and lectures relating to the Church's understanding of Sacred Scripture and its study.

Pope Benedict's Apostolic Exhortation "Verbum Domini" . Papal document on Holy Scripture, published as a result of the Synod on the Word of God (2008)

Pope Benedict on How to Read the Bible . An article by Bishop Robert Barron.

Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict) Erasmus Lecture 1988 in NY . ​This lecture, "Biblical Interpretation in Crisis", was a seminal lecture that led many scholars to consider ways to balance the historical-critical and theological methods of scriptural study.

Pope Francis​ -- The Bible Is a Dangerous Book. Pope Francis shares his thoughts with young people on the importance of the Bible.

How to Read the Bible by Robert Wilken. An interesting article by this patristics scholar on reading the Bible as the Early Church Fathers read it.

Reading Genesis with Cardinal Ratzinger 
by Rev. By Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P. describing how Pope Benedict views the creation stories in Genesis. (Based on Pope Benedict's wonderful little book,  In the Beginning .)
Church Documents on Biblical Studies . A fairly complete list of Church documents that relate to the study of Sacred Scripture. Includes links to all documents.

Pope Benedict on Sacred Scripture in the Life of the Church This first address on Scripture in the pontificate of Benedict XVI commemorates the 40th anniversary of Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum . A must read for any Catholic interested in studying Holy Scripture.

Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture.   This is a new series of commentaries on Sacred Scripture based on sound biblical scholarship and written by a team of outstanding Catholic Scriptural scholars. These books promise to provide Catholics with highly readable commentaries to the Bible and should be a wonderful addition to the existing Catholic literature on Scripture. I have already purchased several books of the series and have found them to be extremely useful. Additional volumes will be available as they are published. If you purchase them from Amazon, you will save over 30% off the list price. For additional information, visit the series' website.

Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
This series by Ignatius Press is still in the making. Each text contains one or more books of the Ord or New Testament, plus extensive introductory material, commentary, notes and study questions. The New Testament books are also available as a single volume in a variety of bindings. Not only is this a good series from the doctrinal perspective, but each text is a handy size and easy to take with you when you're going to be waiting in the dentist's or doctor's office.

Come and See Catholic Bible Study.
A very nice new Bible study series. Written by Fr. Joseph Ponessa, S.S.D. and Laurie Watson Mannhardt, Ph.D., it offers an interesting thematic approach to Bible study. The authors have also started a parallel Bible study series for children, which are nice gifts for children and grandchildren.

Biblia Clerus
A wonderful Vatican website designed for the clergy but available to all. It allows you to connect Sacred Scripture to the complete works of Doctors of the Church, Councils, Encyclicals, teachings of the Popes, Catechisms, as well as commentaries from secular literature. You can even download the entire site to your PC.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Scott Hahn's Catholic Bible Study web site. Lots of wonderful study aids.

Agape Bible Study.
A Guide for the Study of Scred Scripture. A good, solid Catholic guide to Bible Study. The site includes much good information, including Bible Study Guides and relevant Church documents.

Dei Verbum --
Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. One of the major documents of the Second Vatican Council. If you haven't read it, you should!

On-line Bibles

The following links provide direct access to online versions of Catholic Bible translations:  

New American Bible.
Offered by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Revised Standard Version.
Offered by the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy. Go to site and then click on the picture under the words, "Biblical Text." (Searchable).

Douay-Pheims Version.

​Latin Vulgate.

Apps, etc.

The following apps are available for Apple iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, etc.). Although I can't say for sure, I expect most are available for Android-based devices as well. I've listed each under the app's name found in the Apple App Store and if you click on the app name you'll be directed to the developer's or AppStore website.

VerseWise Bible Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition +    ($4.99)

Catholic New American Bible Revised Edition   ($2.99)

C atholic Study Bible App Ignatius-Lighthouse Edition   (Free - upgraded packages can be purchased)

Verbum Catholic Bible Study   (Free, includes several books as well -- complete library can be purchased)

Pope Francis daily Surprise   (Free -- a daily thought from the Holy Father)

iPieta   (Free -- includes a Catholic Bible, plus a large collection of prayers, documents, etc.) . Deacon Dana's PowerPoint presentations, available for viewing and download.

Being Is Good . Deacon Dana's Blog -- the often confused thoughts of a permanet deacon.

...more to come.