The Essential Bible Handbook is intended to help readers understand the place of the Bible in Catholic tradition. It will provide valuable assistance to adult Catholics who wish to develop their faith life, who wish to understand the meaning of the Bible more deeply, and who wish to make the Bible an essential part of their spiritual development.
Readers of this handbook will find some atypical resources in this Handbook. It covers the traditional biblical reading and reflection within the framework of Catholic belief, tradition, prayer, and experience. Other subjects include:
The history of how the Bible developed
A guide to its interpretation, and its use in prayer
Tips for preparing for the Sunday lectionary readings
Biblical prayer services for special occasions
A suggested plan for reading the Bible
A chart of New Testament parables, and a list of helps for reading the Bible.