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Authorship of Scripture

Q. Who is the author of Holy Scripture?

Q. What does "Inspiration" of Holy Scripture refer to?

Q. Is the authorship of all Biblical books certain?

Q. Was any of the Bible written by Jesus?

Q. How much of the Bible was written by the original twelve Apostles?

Q. Was any part of the Bible written by women? 

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Bible Alone?

Q. Is everything in Scripture?

Q. Is the Bible the sole rule of faith?

Q. Why isn't the Catholic Church "bible only"?

Q. Does the Bible speak only of written tradition?

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Bible Basics / Bible History

Q. What is the Bible?

Q. Is the word "bible" in the Bible?

Q. What are some other words for Holy Scripture?

Q. Does the "word of God" always refer to Scripture?

Q. Has God only spoken through Holy Scripture?

Q. Where did the Bible come from?

Q. When was the Bible written?

Q. When was the Old Testament written?

Q. When was the New Testament written?

Q. Who were Old Testament writings directed at?

Q. Who was the New Testament written for?

Q. How was the Bible preserved?

Q. What language was the Bible originally written in?

Q. What are the two main parts of the Bible?

Q. Besides the New and Old Testaments, is anything else comparable to Holy Scripture?

Q. What is taught in the Bible?

Q. Do any original manuscripts of the Bible still exist?

Q. Are the titles/headers, footnotes, and numbering inspired / infallible?

Q. What is the relation of the Old Testament to the New Testament?

Q. Is the Old Testament no longer relevant?

Q. Do the Old and New Testaments have the same Author?

Q. Is the Old Testament harsh?

Q. How is the Old Testament divided?

Q. What is the Torah?

Q. What is the Pentateuch?

Q. What is the Decalogue?

Q. Is the Talmud the same as the Torah?

Q. What are the Wisdom Books?

Q. What are the Psalms?

Q. Who are the Major and Minor prophets of the Old Testament?

Q. How is the New Testament divided?

Q. What does "gospel" mean? What is a "Gospel"?

Q. Do the Gospels all teach the same things?

Q. What are Synoptic Gospels?

Q. Who does "Evangelist" refer to?

Q. What is the protoevangelium?

Q. What are the Epistles?

Q. How are the Epistles named?

Q. Is the Didache part of the Bible?

Q. What is the Septuagint?

Q. What is the "Vulgate"?

Q. What is the Douay Rheims edition?

Q. What is a "red letter bible"?

Q. What is a concordance?

Q. What is a doctrinal index?

Q. Does Christianity depend upon the Bible?

Q. Did the earliest Christians read the Bible?

Q. Is the Bible the pillar & foundation of truth?

Q. Does faith come from reading the Bible?

Q. Throughout history, did most people have bibles?

Q. Was a Catholic bible the first book ever printed?

Q. What are some benefits of Holy Scripture?

Q. Why does the Bible often speak in the masculine?

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Bible Translation / Interpretation

Q. Is the Bible easy to understand / translate / interpret?

Q. Should the Bible be subject to private interpretation?

Q. Who has the authority to interpret Holy Scripture?

Q. How should the Bible be interpreted?

Q. Is everything in the Bible literal?

Q. What are Scripture 'senses'?

Q. Does each passage of Scripture have just one meaning?

Q. How should I read the Bible?

Q. Is misinterpretation of Scripture a concern of the Church?

Q. What is the role of the Early Church Fathers in interpreting Scripture?

Q. Are the Church Fathers authoritative in Scripture interpretation? Are they infallible in Scripture interpretation?

Q. Is the Church's traditional interpretation of Holy Scripture subject to correction?

Q. What are some items which should especially be kept in mind regarding the Book of Revelation (or the Apocalypse)? 

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Books of Scripture

Q. Who determined which books were part of Scripture?

Q. How were the books of the Bible determined? 

Q. What is the "canon" of Scripture?

Q. What does it mean that a book is 'canonical'?

Q. What are deuterocanonical books?

Q. How do you know that the deuterocanonical books of the Old Testament should be included in the Bible?

Q. Is it true that the deuterocanonical books were added to scripture by the Council of Trent?

Q. How do you know which books comprise Holy Scripture?

Q. How many books of the Bible are there?

Q. What books make up the Bible?

Q. Did everyone always know which books belong to the Bible?

Q. How do I know the books of the Bible are truly inspired?

Q. What does "Apocrypha" refer to?

Q. What are "missing books" referred to in the Bible?

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Catholics, the Catholic Church & Bibles

Q. Did the Church exist before the Bible?

Q. Is it true that there would be no Bible without the Catholic Church?

Q. Was the Catholic Church the first to translate the Bible into the native language of the people?

Q. Does the Catholic Church highly regard the Bible?

Q. How important is the Bible to the Catholic faith?

Q. Is there any opposition between Scripture and Church dogmas?

Q. Did the Church previously prohibit vernacular translations of the Bible?

Q. Is it true that the Catholic Church has prohibited lay people from obtaining a bible?

Q. Is it true that the Catholic Church has burned bibles?

Q. Is it true that the Catholic Church kept or tried to keep bibles from people?

Q. Is it true that Catholics don't know the Bible?

Q. Do priests read the Bible?

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Choosing a Bible

Q. Are all bibles the same?

Q. Does it really matter what bible I read?

Q. Why are there so many editions of the Bible?

Q. Is there more than one type of Catholic Bible?

Q. What other biblical tools are available?

Q. In what languages are Bible translations available today?

Q. Does an imprimatur guarantee that a Bible is orthodox / accurate?

Q. Which Bible should I use?

Q. How should I choose a Bible? / What things should I be careful of when selecting a Bible?

Q. What are some criticisms of modern Bible translations?

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Inerrancy of Scripture

Q. Is Holy Scripture free from error?

Q. Do certain passages in the Bible contradict other passages?

Q. Are all parts of the Bible free from error?

Q. Does an imprimatur guarantee that a particular Bible translation is free from error?

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Jesus / Holy Scripture

Q. Was any of the Bible written by Jesus?

Q. Does the Bible give a complete history of Jesus' life on earth and His teachings?

Q. What does Jesus say about Holy Scripture?

Q. Did Jesus refer to the New Testament at all?

Q. In the New Testament, how did Jesus commonly speak?

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Modernism / Modernist Errors / Scripture

Q. What have the Popes said about Modernism?

Q. What does the 'attack on revelation' refer to?

Q. What did the First Vatican Council say about those who deny miracles which are contained in Scripture?

Q. Is it acceptable to say that inspiration of Holy Scripture is narrowed to certain parts of the Bible or regards only things of faith and morals?

Q. How reliable is modern scholarship regarding Scripture?

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Non-Catholics & Bibles

Q. What is the difference between Catholic Scripture and Protestant 'bibles'?

Q. Is it acceptable for Catholics to use Protestant bibles?

Q. Is it wrong to use a Protestant bible?

Q. Is it always dangerous to use non-Catholic bibles?

Q. Have some Protestants intentionally corrupted passages of Scripture?

Q. How can I tell if a bible is Catholic?

Q. Which books of Holy Scripture do Protestants reject? By what authority do they reject these books?

Q. Where did Protestants get New Testament Scripture?

Q. Does the Bible prove the Catholic faith? Does the Bible prove the Protestant faith?

Q. Is the Bible a "Protestant book"?

Q. Should I engage in bible study with Protestants?

Q. Why should I not engage in scripture study with non-Catholics or read non-Catholic scripture items?

Q. What does the Church say about those who accept other 'scriptures' besides the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments?

Q. Is it true that non-Catholics who call themselves 'Christian' should not even have Scripture?

Q. Why do some non-Catholic religions feel they have the right to "re-make" or "add to" the Bible?  

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Purpose of the Bible

Q. What has been called the "purpose of the Bible"?

Q. What is the "fulfillment and end of Scripture"?

Q. Is the purpose of the Bible to comfort you or make you "feel good"?

Note: Categories are subjective and may overlap. Be sure to review all applicable questions.

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Scripture Numbering & Referencing / Scripture Selection for Mass

Q. Were the titles/headers, footnotes, and numbering part of the original Bible?

Q. Who is responsible for the chapter divisions and numbering of the Bible?

Q. Do all versions of the Bible agree on chapter / verse numbers?

Q. Do the all versions of the Bible agree on book names?

Q. How does bible referencing work?

Q. How is Scripture selected for Mass?

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Use of Scripture

Q. Should everyone read the Bible?

Q. Should I read the Bible?

Q. Should I love Scripture?

Q. If I want to know what Scripture exists for a particular topic, do I have to comb through the entire Bible?

Q. What if I feel "overwhelmed" by the Bible or find it hard to understand?

Q. What things may help make the Bible easier to understand? 

Q. Is it always praiseworthy to quote Scripture?

Q. Is there such a thing as "over-familiarity" with the Gospels?

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Use of Scripture on This Site

Q. Why might this site quote from a modern Bible translation?

Q. Do you recommend any Bible translation that you quote from?

Q. How important are footnotes? Why are they not included with Scripture here?

Q. What are some things I should know regarding Scripture on this site?

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