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Steve Ray Collection (2 vols.)

, 1999–2002



Catholic convert and public speaker Steve Ray brings together his scholarship on the early Church Fathers and his many years of experience teaching Bible classes to these valuable studies relevant for Christians of any denomination. In the Steve Ray Collection (2 vols.), Steve Ray opens up the Gospel of John for anyone to study, breaching its heavy theological shell with background and textual information that make the Gospel easier to understand. Additionally, in Upon this Rock, Steve Ray continues to delve into Scripture as he supports the authority of the pope and the office of the Vatican, investigating the early history and the theology behind the papacy.

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  • Faithfully Catholic commentary on the Gospel of John
  • Historically and scripturally supported study of the papacy
  • Title: Steve Ray Collection
  • Author: Steve Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 811
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St. John’s Gospel: A Bible Study Guide and Commentary

  • Author: Steve Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 461

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As Catholics in ever-growing numbers are taking part in Bible studies, many questions arise. How do I study the Bible? Where do I begin? Is it okay to interpret the Bible for ourselves? What Bible should I use? How can I understand such a deep book as the Gospel of St. John?

This book has the answer to these and many other such questions. Stephen Ray takes the difficult and makes it easy; he takes the confusion and makes things clear. It gives a simple start for a beginner while providing the depth and profundity for the scholar. This book is one of a kind. It is the first extensive, easy to use and thoroughly Catholic study guide available.

This Bible study provides extensive “text boxes” with detailed information that helps students discover the cultural, religious, historical and other information on the specific passage they are studying. It utilizes quotes for a wide range of scholars, historians and specialists to instruct the student and give valuable insights into the background and meaning of the text. This book can serve as a basic Bible study guide for working through the Gospel of John, helping the student plumb the depths of St. John’s marvelous and deeply spiritual Gospel. It is excellent for use by individuals or groups, for families or schools.

Steve Ray’s St. John’s Gospel is a welcome addition to the blossoming field of Scripture studies written by and for faithful lay Catholics. His research is sound, his style accessible, and his insights are solidly Catholic and biblical. May he write many more!

—Mark Shea, author, Making Senses Out of Scripture

Stephen Ray presents a readable and intelligent interpretation of the Gospel of John. His approach is simple, clear, yet profound and discerning. For those who seek the truth and understanding of St. John’s Gospel, this book is a must reading.

—Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, Philippines

There is no greater guide to St. John’s Gospel than this utterly outstanding offering from the heart of one of the most gifted converts to the Church in recent years. This is simply the best, most thorough, practical, and intensely Catholic Bible study I’ve seen.

—Rosalind Moss, editor, Home At Last

Steve Ray’s teaching of the Bible has inspired many in the parish we both belong to. I’m happy to hear that these teachings will now be available in book form so that many more can benefit.

Ralph Martin, author, Called to Holiness

Upon this Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church

  • Author: Steve Ray
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 350

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Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of church history to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the See of Rome. He tackles the tough issues in an attempt to expose how the opposition is misunderstanding the Scriptures and history. He uses many well-known and respected scholars and historians to support the Catholic position. This volume has one of the largest citations of Scriptural and Patristic quotations on the primacy of Peter and the Papal office of any book available—with over 500 footnotes with supporting evidence from Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and non-Christian authorities.

This book defends Catholic teaching against the opposition, using current Church teaching on the Old Testament foundation for the primacy and succession of Peter. A rich documentation, a fine study.

—Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

A veritable tour de force on behalf of the Petrine ministry, bringing together exegetes, the Fathers of the Church, the witness of history, and even Protestant scholars. The work is scholarly, objective, and accessible to all readers. Recommended wholeheartedly and unequivocally.

Peter M. J. Stravinskas, professor of theology and education, St. John’s University and Seton Hall

Stephen K. Ray converted to the Catholic Church from a Baptist background in 1994, after an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is the author of the bestselling books Crossing the Tiber, St. John’s Gospel, and Upon This Rock. He is a popular conference and retreat speaker, has been a guest radio speaker, and made appearances EWTN.


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  1. kentuckyliz






    It would be good if there is a way for the books to be downloaded into my ADE platform in my computer It seems that the books can only be downloaded to a Vyrso app reader in a mobile device I sent an email to enquire on the procedures to transfer the ebooks to my ADE platform in my computer but have not receive a reply

  3. Curtis Constrantiche
  4. Alec Seelau

    Alec Seelau


    I own the hard copy of Upon This Rock, and it is by far the best and most accessible book I have found on the office of the Papacy for the average man like myself. The appendix in the back on the event wherein Simon is named Peter and given the keys is alone worth the price of admission. It is heavily footnoted and is sourced from a host of Protestant sources that back up the Catholic teaching. Excited to have this book in Logos / Verbum and, given the positive reviews below, excited for the study on the Gospel according to St. John as well.

  5. Dave Keene

    Dave Keene


  6. Keenan Tan

    Keenan Tan


  7. NB.Mick



    While I can't comment on "Upon this rock" (yet - hope this comes to production soon!) I own "St. John's Gospel" in another format: It is great! It is modestly subtitled "A Bible Study Guide" - and really, you will find those small questions that get you think again over the verse in question, or related verses from the Ot and NT. As an evangelical, I know this format from my teenage years, and Steve does well with these questions. There are lots of them (some pretty easy, those that aren't will usually give a reference into which direction to look) - and no answer key I know of, so you'll be tasked to think over them. But then, the title doesn't stop, but also says "and Commentary". And that it is. 450+ pages of readable, conservative and catholic verse-by-verse commentary. Steve puts his commentary into nicely digestable chunks of "theological notes", "historical notes", "Church Fathers" etc. There's some (transliterated) Greek sprinkled in where adequate, and lots of theological implications and scriptural cross-referencing, so this makes for a great "pastoral" commentary on John. Don't overlook the "catholic" here. While Steve cites many of the - for evangelicals - 'ususal suspects' (three quarters or more of the extensive bibliography could as well come from an evangelical commentary), this work is thoroughly cross-referenced to the CCC and he doesn't go easy on Luther or "contemporary evangelical" thinking when it contradicts catholicism. But the tone is eirenic, and thus the whole work is very worthwile for non-catholics, too. I'm just looking forward to the Logos edition to have live crosslinks to CCC and the many other cited works!

  8. Lorraine Curtin
    Our bible study group used this book over the course of almost two years. Steve Ray's questioning techniques and in depth commentaries make this an excellent resource for study. We highly recommend it and are thrilled that it will be made available in Logos.