Bible Study

I have been using Logos Bible Software since 1990. It is now light years better and with separate CATHOLIC software called Verbum.

It works off the internet, on a desktop or laptop (Mac or PC), tablets or smartphones – both Android and Apple. It seamlessly syncs between all your platforms.

Catholics should be the best at Bible Study since it is OUR book! Use Catholic Bibles, Catechism, Fathers, Atlases, Commentaries, Lectionaries and much more.

Check out the Verbum website here (would make a great Christmas present for yourself or someone you love). If you use the Promo Code STEVERAY8 you will get a 10% discount.

Also check out the FREE app for iPhone and Android.

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Since I was 17 years old, studying the Bible has been my passion. Now as a Catholic it has increased 100%. Back in my youth, I could never have anticipated the wealth of materials for study that I now have at my fingertips.

I recommend two great Catholic resources:

FIRST, Catholic Scripture Study International. I have written many of the studies for this program and I highly recommend it. Use it for a group study, family study or individual study. It has everything you need in the box — all you need to do is add water :-)  But really, it can be used by and veteran student of Scripture or by a complete novice.

I wrote the studies on Genesis, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Acts and 1 and 2 Corinthians.

SECOND, I recommend Verbum Catholic and Bible Study Software. This works on all computers and syncs with tablets, smartphones or any other device. Take a whole Catholic library with you wherever you go. It is an incredible resource that I have used since 1990. Enter STEVERAY8 in the Promo Code for a 10% discount.

Make new resolutions to study God’s word this next year, or give someone else the gift of Bible Study.

PREVIEW AND OVERVIEW OF THE POWER OF VERBUM Most powerful Catholic software on the planet!

PREVIEW AND OVERVIEW OF CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE STUDY INTERNATIONAL: For groups or individual study

A fun demonstration of what Vernun can do using a famous Christmas Carol:

https://faithlifetv.com/media/701454

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Cartoon on Protestantism and the Bible

by Steve Ray on November 21, 2019

20140207-183446.jpgWhen I look back on my experience I find this cartoon has a ring of truth.

There were many verses of the Bible that I either didn’t realize existed (though that may seem strange) or that we just ignored. Other verses did not fit our Protestant theology so we kind of set them aside or did mental gymnastics to try and force them to fit our traditions, kind of like forcing a square peg into a round hole. We virtually cut virtually them out of the Bible in the sense that we ignored or reasoned them away.

Other verses I just read with my “Baptist glasses” on and twisted them to fit my old tradition. One person told me, “There are some verses that don’t fit my theology so I just set them on the shelf.

Looking back it makes me happier than ever to be a Catholic.

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Biblical Measurements and Units

November 11, 2019

Cubits, a spam, and ephah and a bath. What do all of these mean in the Bible? Here is a helpful chart taken from Verbum.

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Sherlock Holmes: Is this a Real Bible Study?

October 9, 2019

The Case for you – Sherlock Holmes: Stan filled the fireplace and lit the oak logs to make the living room cozy for the arriving guests. The Bible Study had been announced at Mass, and now suddenly it was here. Stan and Suzie had been Catholics all their lives, but they had never really studied […]

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

September 17, 2019

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own […]

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Why Steve Ray Loves Verbum Software

September 15, 2019

Steve Ray here. I can’t tell you how much I love and use Verbum Catholic Software. It has replaced many of my physical books and the power of its search and research has to be seen to be believed. It is on my iPhone, laptop, desktop and on the cloud. Here is a 55-second promo […]

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Should Catholics Attend Non-denominational or Ecumenical Bible Studies?

August 26, 2019

Every day, Catholics are invited by coworkers, neighbors, and even family members to “ecumenical” Bible studies. Should they go? Certainly all of us would benefit from more study of Scripture, but as someone who has been a part of a number of Protestant Bible studies—I’ve even taught them—I discourage Catholics from attending them because of […]

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Did the Bible Always have Chapters & Verses?

August 23, 2019

No! The chapter and verse divisions in the Bible are relatively recent additions to the Bible. Originally it was written in Hebrew and Greek and there were NO chapter and verse divisions–in fact, most of the time there was not even spaces between the words! Interestingly, in the book of Hebrews the writer is quoting […]

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Bias in Bible Translations

August 22, 2019

Translating Holy Scripture is a necessary process by which the sacred text is provided in various languages, usually rendered from the original languages. Not all translations are created equal. Some result from one scholar’s work, others the work of a committee of scholars. Some are literal while others tend toward paraphrase. Translation resembles a sliding […]

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The Cross & the Crucifix: Letter to a Fundamentalist

August 21, 2019

The Cross & the Crucifix (From a letter Steve wrote to a Evangelical Protestant who asked about the Catholic Crucifix) Dear Evangelical Friend: You display a bare cross in your home; we display the cross and the crucifix. What is the difference and why? The cross is an upright post with a crossbeam in the […]

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Reading the Bible

August 18, 2019

A Little Poem about Bible Context I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the twenty-third), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs — Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that […]

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Sympathy for Cradle Catholics Who Can’t Explain or Defend the Faith

July 5, 2019

I thought of a helpful illustration to explain why “cradle Catholics” are often unable to explain and defend the Catholic faith. The example has its weaknesses, but it does help get the point across. As an American I asked myself this question: if some one trained to attack America intellectually approached me on the street […]

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Why Do I Love Logos (Verbum) So Much? Watch this…

June 2, 2019

I use Verbum every day – on my iPhone, my laptop, my computer and on the web. After watching this short video demonstration you can visit the site to learn more at www.Verbum.com/SteveRay, Use Promo Code STEVERAY10 for a 10% discount. You will LOVE this program for computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones or even just on […]

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Great New Didache Bible from Ignatius Press

May 18, 2019

The Didache Bible Is Here, Article by Dr. Jeff Mirus [Steve’s Comment]: I posted this a while ago, but want to make sure new readers are aware of this excellent new Bible with the right footnotes, maps, etc. This is my choice. [Miras’ article]: This Bible uses the Second Edition of the Catholic Edition of […]

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7 Reasons to Study the Cultural Backgrounds of the Bible

May 17, 2019

7 Reasons to Study the Cultural Backgrounds of the Bible Posted by Cierra Klatt on 09/06/2017 in Olive Tree Blog 1. Understand the audience: Grasping the original audience’s perspective helps us understand the setting to which the inspired authors communicated their message. 2. Understand how the text communicates: A text is ideas linked by threads of writing. Each phrase and each […]

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