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Catholic Bible Trail

The Catholic Bible Trail

In order to provide a study of Scripture faithful to the Magesterium of the Catholic Church and accessible to an audience without specialized theological skills, I created the Catholic Bible Trail.

By following this trail, you will learn how to interpret scripture the Catholic way through the talks of the Catholic Foundation Library. This library will equip you with a wide panoramic view of Scripture and helps you see how Scripture fits together like a magestic tapestry.

The next three libraries of talks provide an in-depth study of the Book of the Pentateuch. As of the end of 2012, Genesis, Exodus and Numbers are complete. Next year, we will cover Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

The Pentateuch is an indispensible reference for the New Testatment. The gospels contain innumerable references to the Book of Moses and the Gospel of St. Luke is no exception. This study, spanning over 50 talks offers a verse-by-verse study of this amazing book. Since the audio recording is extremely poor, we are in the process of recording the entire series anew and we will make it available as we go.

The book of Revelation is, arguably, one of the most challenging study of Scripture. This study will help you understand its purpose (no, it is not about Russia attacking the Middle East) and will ground you in a truly apocalyptic vision of Scripture; one were the Lord Jesus Christ (and not the end of the world) is the central figure, the beginning and the end.

This, of course, is not the end of the Trail. As we expand our study of Scripture, the trail will be updated, but since Qorbono's mission is an in-depth study of the Word of God, the trail will expand slowly, as natural trails tend to do. We hope you will accompany us on this amazing journey to discover the Truth and the Truth shall set us free.

(Series 2 through 13). After this introduction to Scripture, you will be better equiped to branch out to your series of interest. Next year, we will cover Leviticus and Deuteronomy, thereby completing our study of the Pentateuch. Also, we plan to put online a series of 50 lectures on the Gospel of Saint Luke.

By following this trail you will

  1. Get the big picture: what is the bible for? What is its intent? How do I read it?
  2. Acquire a solid foundation for understanding and explaining Scripture the Catholic Way.
  3. Learn how to avoid errors and confusion by following the lead of the Church.
  4. Deepen your understanding of the Catholic Faith and its relationship to Scripture.
  5. Be equipped to live a fuller Catholic life and enjoy it.

The Catholic Bible Trail was developed over a period of 12 years. Take advantage of it and let it help you discover the manifold wisdom of God that He has made available for you in the Catholic Church.

Next Step

The best way to walk on this trail is to start from the beginning. The trail is depicted as a series of steps that build upon each other. Each step is numbered and labeled. Click on it and it will take you to a series of talks that deal with this subject.

These talks build on each other and to a large degree assume that the listener is familiar with the topics covered in previous talks. I would not recommend you start with the book of revelation because it is built and requires all the previous steps for a sound understanding of the text.

What does the trail cover?

Currently the trail covers the following topics

  • The four senses of Scripture (series 1): this series is a must. It is foundational for a proper understanding of Scripture. It covers the literal, analogical, anagogical and moral senses of Scripture presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 115 – 119. Think of the four senses as the railing on a bridge. Sure you can try and cross a bridge over an abyss without railings but it sure makes it a lot easier. With the four senses under your belt you will feel more confident in studying scripture.
     
  • The Covenant (series 2, 3 and 4): The covenant is so important that three series are devoted to it. Without properly understanding the covenant, much of Scripture remains obscure and closed. Moreover, the Covenant teaches us so much about how our Heavenly Father deals with us and what He is expecting from us. Without the covenant, much of Scripture remains obscured.
     
  • The Temple (series 5 and 6): One of the episodes of the life of Jesus we are familiar with from the Gospel of St. Luke is the finding in the Temple. Joseph and Mary look for Jesus and do not find him amongst their kinsmen. Returning to Jerusalem they find Him in the Temple after a 3 days search. “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s House?”

    The Temple of Jerusalem was the only place on Earth were faithful could present a sacrifice to God. On Mount Sinai, God showed Moses the pattern according to which the Tabernacle was to be made (series 4) and later on the Tabernacle served as the blueprint for the Temple of Jerusalem.
    The liturgies of the Temple from Passover (Nissan 14) to the Feast of Tabernacles (Tishri 15-21) were important Jewish feasts that express the supernatural nature of the covenant (series 2, 3 and 4) liturgically. By making judicious use of the four senses of scripture (series 1) we see how these beautiful liturgies illuminate many passages of Scripture. In particular, the Temple plays a critical role in helping us understand the Book of Revelation (series 15): The scene of the Throne in Chapter 4, and the multitude that cannot be numbered in 7:9-17 are best understood in light of Temple’s architecture and the Feast of Tabernacles. The temple embodies the covenant (series 2, 3 and 4) and much of the work of the prophets (series 8 through 11) depends on the Temple and its central role in Jewish worship.

    The two series on the Temple will help you understand that architecture is theology in stone, that our Churches ought to follow the Heavenly Pattern, that the Temple is the silent protagonist of the New Testament, present in many passages of Scripture. Ultimately, you will come to a fuller realization that in God’s mind there is no such thing as a “religion of the book,” rather God intended for his Chosen People to be a people of the Temple and ultimately, a people of the Church.
     
  • Apocalyptic and Prophetic Symbolism in the Bible (series 7): In many passages of Scripture, we read of the sun becoming black, the moon not giving its light and the stars falling. We also encounter chariots from heaven, strange beasts, swords, bows, precious stones, horses, colors, and yes even the zodiac. What does it all mean? This series uses the four senses of Scripture, the covenant and the historical context in which these images appear to explain what these symbols mean. It is an essential series for understanding the book of Revelation.
     
  • The Prophets (series 6, 7, 8 and 9): The four series on the prophets help us to understand key events in the Old Covenant that illuminate the new, particularly the Gospels and the Book of Revelation. It is said that the New Covenant is hidden in the Old and that the Old is revealed in the New. This is particularly true with the prophets. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel have much to say about the coming of the messiah and the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. These series will help you understand the messianic expectation of the people of the Old Covenant and realize that the promises that God mad to His people were not vague and approximate but actually precise in history and time.
     
  • New Covenant End Times (series 12): “The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers.”
     What did St. Peter mean when he wrote this in the fourth chapter of his first letter? Did he really believe that the end of the world had come? Was he mistaken? What about St. John when he writes in the second chapter of his first letter: “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared. Thus we know this is the last hour.” Was he also expecting the end of time and the final judgment? And what about Jesus when he said in the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of St. Matthew, “Amen, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom." Did he also mean that there were some listening to Him who will leave long enough to see the end of times? Was he also mistaken?

    This series will help you understand what these unsettling verses meant in their proper context. You will derive a greater insight into the way early Christians understood the words of the Lord and the Apostles. They understood it based on the prophets (series 6 through 9), on the role and meaning of the Temple (series 10 and 11) and on covenant (series 2, 3 and 4). By properly applying the four senses of Scripture (series 1) you will be better prepared to apply these words to our own era.
     
  • The Angles (series 13). No one on earth cares for us like our guardian angel. No one is more faithful, patient, loving and full of zeal for our salvation as this Heavenly Being appointed by God to help us on our way to heaven. Though we sin, though we fall, though we turn away from him and forget him, he is ever present, always watching, always protecting, never ceasing to love and to care.
    This series will introduce you to the angels and their ministry of Love. This series touches very little on the fallen angels and concentrate on the Holy Angels and focuses on St. Raphael through a study of the Book of Tobit.

    We know that the Gospel of St. Luke (series 14‎) speaks repeatedly of these Heavenly Being and the Book of Revelation (series 15) concerns as much the angels than it concerns us.
    This series will help you deepen your devotion to your guardian angel and will provide a solid scriptural foundation for understanding the essential role that angels play in salvation history.
     
  • The Gospel of St. Luke (series 14). If you are looking for a short study on St. Luke, there are fine Catholic organizations such as St. Joseph’s communication, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers and others who will offer you excellent studies of this Gospel.

    This study span 68 Cds and provides you with an in-depth study of this wonderfully rich gospel. It does not try to be scholarly or complex but rather is a serious meditation accompanying Jesus on his way to Jerusalem. As you listen to these talks you will discover the riches of the Church as she meditates on the Gospel, the treasures of your Catholic Faith and the depth of Love that the Lord has for each one of us. St. Luke is a truly wonderful writer and by the end of this series this gospel will be more familiar and easier to understand than before and by applying the four senses of Scripture you will be able to better understand what this Gospel has to tell you today about your own Christian journey.
     
  • The Book of Revelation (series 15). The Book of Revelation is the last book of Scripture primarily because it is built upon all of Scripture. Although St. John does not quote any passage of Scripture explicitly, nearly a verse goes by without a reference to one or more new and old testament passages.

    I recommend that you complete series 1 through 13 before you start listening to this series because the inherent difficulty of the text is partly due to our ignorance of all these things that these initial series speak about: the senses of Scripture, the Covenant, the Temple, the symbols etc. All these things are omnipresent in the Book of Revelation and by taking the time to forming your mind and heart to their meaning you will be more prepared to begin your study of this awesome Book.
    This is one of the most Catholic Book in the whole Bible. I have always found it intriguing that Martin Luther wrote a commentary on every book of Scripture except this one. While I do not know the exact reason, I wonder if it was not because this Book is too much about the Church and Her Sacred Liturgy? As you listen to these talks you will deepen your understanding of the Kingship of Jesus-Christ and you will learn to apply the Book of Revelation to our times the Catholic Way.

 

 

 

 

 

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