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The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures
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The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures


Ascension Press 2009

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The Bible is central to the Catholic faith. But approaching such a large and complex collection of writings that span thousands of years can be intimidating. We need a guide, a compass to set us off on the right course so that our time spent studying the Scriptures is a time spent encountering the living God.

The Bible Compass provides readers with the tools to study the Word of God with confidence and purpose. This book demonstrates how to read the Bible within the living Tradition of the Catholic Church, and it addresses all the common questions about the Bible.

Catholics are called to have an intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Church as revealed in the Scriptures. Reading the Bible with the proper tools and in the appropriate context will help you grow in your love for the Faith and in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

In Logos, The Bible Compass integrates with ease, making your research more complete. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred translation and original language texts. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with a wealth of tools from Logos you can delve into your study like never before.

Key Features

  • Addresses common, fundamental questions about the Bible
  • Discusses the four senses of Scripture
  • Explores the Dead Sea Scrolls


  • Part I: Divine Revelation: The Unveiling of God
    • Is the Bible Really Inspired by God?
    • Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium
  • Part II: Five Keys for Interpreting Scripture Correctly
    • The First Key: Discover the Author’s Intention
    • The Second Key: Be Attentive to the Unity of Scripture
    • The Third Key: Read Scripture within the Living Tradition of the Church
    • The Fourth Key: Read Scripture within the Symphony of God’s Revelation
    • The Fifth Key: Use the Four Senses of Scripture
  • Part III: Where Did the Bible Come From?
    • The New Testament Canon and the Gnostic “Gospels”
    • Why Are Catholic Bibles Bigger? The Old Testament and the Deuterocanonical Books
  • Part IV: Biblical Background
    • Taking God at His Word: Is the Bible Trustworthy?
    • The World of the Bible: Archaeology, Geography, and History
    • Knowing God’s Story: The Twelve Periods of Biblical History
    • Getting Started: Translations, Resources, and Methods
    • Lectio Divina: Praying Scripture

Product Details

  • Title: The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures
  • Author: Edward Sri
  • Publisher: Ascension Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 157

About Edward Sri

Edward Sri is provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, visiting professor at Benedictine College, and founding leader with Curtis Martin of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He is the author of numerous books, including The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries, Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew, and The Da Vinci Deception: 100 Questions About the Facts and Fiction of The Da Vinci Code.

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