A new version of the Bible aims to make scripture more accessible to Catholics, who often fare poorly in their knowledge of biblical teachings compared to Lutherans and other Protestants.
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible uses maps, charts, a timeline of 70 key events in the Bible in chronological order, color coding, and other methods to inject more fun into learning scripture while making it easier to commit to memory. It is being published by Ascension Press. The text is the Revised Standard Version-Second Catholic Edition (RSV-2CE).
“Many Catholics who I meet feel that scripture is kind of inaccessible to them. They don’t feel like scripture is something they can pick up every day and read and have a conversation with God through it,” angelusnews.com quoted Bible scholar Mary Healy as saying.
“But this Bible is going to help with that,” she said, adding that many Catholics are raised to view biblical scholarship as more of a Protestant pastime.
“It’s a very exciting resource because it helps Catholics really understand the big picture in salvation history,” added Healy, who helped edit the text.
She said the Second Vatican Council has been promoting the propagation of such resources to better acquaint Catholics with the word of God.
Healy serves on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity at the Vatican, and was one of the first three women named in 2014 to join the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
“Scripture is deeply connected to evangelization,” she said. “If I’m weak in my knowledge of the Bible, I’ll be compromised in my ability to bring the good news to others.”
This simplified version of the Bible is urgently needed in the current culture of fake news and “false narratives,” she said.
“People are desperately hungry for the truth. There is so much misinformation and disinformation and false Gospels, that we need to shine out the word of truth all the more brightly.”