What is Sacred Scripture?
The words sacred scripture come from two Latin words meaning "holy writings." Sacred Scripture is the collection of all the writing God has inspired authors to write in his name.
What is the Bible?
The word bible comes from a Greek word meaning "book." The Bible is the collection of the forty-six books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament named by the Church as all the writings God has inspired human authors to write in his name.
What is the canon of Scripture?
The word canon comes from a Greek word meaning "measuring rod," or standard by which something is judged. The canon of Scripture is the list of books that the Church has identified and teaches to be the inspired Word of God.
What is biblical inspiration?
Biblical inspiration is a terms that describes the Holy Spirit guiding the human authors of Sacred Scripture so that they faithfully and accurately communcate the Word of God.
What is the Old Testament?
The Old Testament is the first main part of the Bible. It is the forty-six books inspired by the Holy Spirit, written before the birth of Jesus and centered on the Covenant between God and his people, Israel, and the promise of the Messiah or Savior. The Old Testament is divided into the Torah/Pentateuch, historical books, wisdom literature, and writings of the prophets.
What is the Torah?
The Torah is the Law of God that was revealed to Moses. The written Torah is found in the first five books of the Old Testament, which are called the "Torah" or the "Pentateuch."
What is the Covenant?
The Covenant is the solemn agreement of fidelity that God and his people freely entered into. It was renewed and fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the new and everlasting Covenant.
What are the historical books of the Old Testament?
The historical books tell about the fidelity and infidelity of God's people to the Covenant and about the consequences of those choices.
What are the Wisdom writings of the Old Testament?
The Wisdom writings are the seven books of the Old Testament that contain inspired practical advice and common-sense guidelilnes for living the Covenant and the Law of God. They are the book of Job, Book of Psalms, Book of Ecclesiastes, Book of Wisdom, Book of Proverbs, Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), and Song of Songs.
What are the writings of the prophets in the Old Testament?
The word prophet comes from a Greek word meaning "those who speak before others." The biblical prophets were those people God had chosen to speak in his name. The writings of the prophets are the eighteen books of the Old Testament that contain the message of the prophets to God's people. They remind God's people of his unending fidelity to them and of their responsibility to be faithful to the Covenant.
What is the New Testament?
The New Testament is the second main part of the Bible. It is the twenty-seven books inspired by the Holy Spirit and written in apostolic times that center on Jesus Christ and his saving work among us. The main parts are the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the twenty-one letters, and the Book of Revelation.
What are the Gospels?
The word gospel comes from the Greek word meaning "good news." The Gospel is the Good News of God's loving plan of Salvation, revealed in the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. the Gospels are the four written accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The four Gospels occupy a central place in Sacred Scripture because Jesus Christ is their center.
What is an epistle?
The word epistle comes from a Greek word meaning "message or letter." An epistle is a formal type of letter. Some of the letters in the New Testament are epistles.
What are the Pauline epistles and letters?
The Pauline epistles and letters are the fourteen letters in the New Testament traditionally attributed to Saint Paul the Apostle.
What are the Catholic letters?
The Catholic Letters are the seven New Testament letters that bear the names of the Apostles John, Peter, Jude, and James, and which were written to the universal Church rather than to a particular Church community.