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October 4, 2008 - 8:15 AM EDT
"Did not our hearts burn within he opened up to us the Scriptures?"
—Luke 24:32
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The Bible You Know So Well

You know the Bible better than you think you do. But not as well as you ought to!

Catholics should feel more “at home” with the Bible than anyone else on earth.

That’s what we believe at The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. And that’s what this website is all about. We want to help many people to study the Scriptures with ease and confidence — but also with life-transforming results.

If you were brought up in the Catholic Church, you absorbed the Scriptures every Sunday at Mass. You heard an Old Testament reading, a Psalm, and two New Testament readings. What’s more, the Mass itself was saturated with scores of references to the Bible. If you were lucky, you got another full dose in the homily.

There are millions of Catholics who grew up this way -- steeped in scriptural teaching -- yet they didn’t know it at the time, and they don’t know it now.

In fact, they feel intimidated by friends who are non-Catholic, but who seem to know the Bible inside and out, quoting from memory and citing chapter and verse.

I am less than 20 years a Catholic. Before my conversion, I was a Protestant minister. So I’ve been on both sides of those encounters. What I’ve learned is that most Catholics know the Bible much better than they think they do, and indeed they know it more deeply than the believers who intimidate them!

Let me draw an analogy. There’s a sense in which my mailman knows my neighborhood better than I do. He knows the number of every house and the name of every resident.

But he’s not at home in the neighborhood the way I am. He doesn’t know the problems of the couple next door, the retirement plans of the gentleman across the street, or the dreams and aspirations of my children’s best friends. He knows selected details that relate to the tasks at hand. But I’m spending my life here.

The Love of a Lifetime
The St. Paul Center wants to help you spend your life here -- at home with the Church, at home with the Mass, at home with the Bible.

That’s the reason we’re building this website. And that's the reason for everything we do at The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Everything we do is designed to help you get a good and confident start in Scripture study -- and then to guide you, step by step, at your pace, at God’s pace. We want you to grow in your knowledge of the Bible, the Mass, and yourself. We want you to see how the Bible, the Mass, and your life converge . . . in God’s providence, in God’s love, in God’s plan.

The Bible is your neighborhood. You know it better than the mailman does; you know it better than you think you do. But you don’t know it as well as you should. If you live right, you’ll spend a lifetime getting to know it better, loving its people more deeply, knowing their story as your own.

We’re working to make this website a full course in Catholic Scripture study — the whole Bible, Old Testament and New — for the New is concealed in the Old, and the Old is revealed in the New.

We’ve tried to make our site useful for beginners, useful for scholars, and useful for everyone in between.

Said St. Gregory the Great: “The Bible is a stream where the elephant may swim and the lamb may wade.”

So dive right in. We’re all at home here, together.

Scott Hahn, Ph.D.

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