Scripture Bulletin goes online

The Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain has just launched a website in time for Easter. The website replaces a printed publication, Scripture Bulletin, published for the previous 40 years. The Bulletin offers articles and book reviews on scriptural topics.

Jesuit Father Nicholas King, scripture scholar at Oxford University and chair of the association, said: “Many people have a hunger to learn more about the Bible. This website is a great way for us to reach thousands of people surfing the web each day.”

The first piece on the website is entitled 'Reading the Bible after Darwin,' by Professor Mary Mills from Liverpool Hope University. Whereas radical evolutionists like Richard Dawkins have used the Genesis creation stories to argue against the existence of God, Professor Mills shows a better way to read the scriptures in the light of evolutionary theory.

The next piece is helpful for Catholics during Eastertide, when Mass readings are taken from the Acts of the Apostles. Peter Anthony from St Stephen’s House in Oxford explains: 'What are they saying about Luke-Acts?'

His piece explores different approaches to Luke and Acts, whether historical, literary, sociological, liberationist, or canonical. Also suitable for Eastertide is the article on the Book of Revelation, which supplies the second readings for Sunday Mass in Eastertide this year. Ian Boxall, editor of Scripture Bulletin, discusses 'Reading the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos.' He considers why St John was on the island and how archaeological discoveries can give us insights into the Apocalypse.

In addition, the website includes Scripture Notes for the Sunday Mass readings for the following weeks. These notes are contributed by the Jesuit Bible translator, Dr Nicholas King, from Campion Hall in Oxford. The Scripture Notes are helpful, not just for priests and deacons, but also for anyone who wants to reflect on the Sunday readings week by week. Further details are also available on the website about the Catholic Biblical Association, and about recent publications on the Gospels by members of the association.

Particularly interesting are four new books on the Gospels in the series Take and Read available from Alive Publishing.

The aims of the Catholic Biblical Association are to promote knowledge and use of the Scriptures, to encourage and support local groups meeting together for study and to collaborate with other biblical associations such as the Bible Society, the Catholic Biblical Federation and the Bible Reading Fellowship.

Scripture Bulletin, the journal of the Catholic Biblical Association, is published online twice yearly and through its articles and book reviews aims to keep readers informed of current trends in biblical scholarship. The patron of the association is Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (retired archbishop of Westminster), and the president is Archbishop Peter Smith (Cardiff). The chair of trustees for the association is Dom Henry Wansbrough, OSB, editor of the New Jerusalem Bible.

Immediately after the Second Vatican Council, the association made history by producing a Catholic edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, published by the Catholic Truth Society in 1966.

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