Wisdom Overflowing

Scripture Study Resources for Catholics

Basics: Bibles & Intros
Beginning Bible Study
Advancing in Bible Study
Deepen Your Experience
Bible Study Programs
Bible Connections
About the Resources
About Carol Kloss


Many Catholics don’t know where to begin with Scripture study, or what to do when they’ve begun and want more.
Over the last 40 years, Catholic biblical scholars, Church leaders, and Church organizations have produced wonderful resources and solid guidance designed to help average Catholics bring Scripture into their lives.

I've developed this site to help make these excellent resources better known, both to individual Catholics and to diocesan and parish staff involved in adult faith formation. You'll find:

  • Descriptions and evaluations of Bible study resources of various types and levels.
  • Advice on when to use each resource, depending on where you are in your knowledge of the Bible.
  • Ideas for parish (or other) study groups for each level of Bible study I discuss.

I also offer teaching and thoughts on a range of topics related to learning the Bible and bringing what you learn into your life.

1. The Basics: Bible & Intro describes what I think is the essential first step for everyone, getting the right Bible and reading a basic Catholic introduction to the Bible.

2. Beginning Bible Study offers ideas on which parts of the Bible are best for beginners, resources to help you at this level, and a basic explanation of how Catholics read the Bible.

Groups focused on Bible sharing (including families) or people who read and pray the Bible for their own faith life will benefit from this section.

3. Advancing in Bible Study describes tools, resources, and topics to help individuals and groups who'd like to study the Bible in a more comprehensive way, at an advanced beginner or intermediate level.

4. Deepen Your Experience presents methods and resources to help you as a Catholic truly experience the texts of the Bible as Sacred Scripture, whatever your level.

5. Bible Study Programs offers a selection of formal and published programs for Catholic Bible study, including parish curricula, self-study courses, diocesan schools and seminars, and degree programs.

6. In Bible Connections I share some of what I've learned from Bible study, as well as ways my encounters with Scripture have shaped my life.

7. About the Resources describes my approach to reviewing the resources found on this site: how I choose them and the criteria I use to review them. I also provide a list of Catholic publishers where you can find other resources for Bible study.

AS A SCRIPTURE TEACHER IN THE DIOCESE OF JOLIET, ILL., my goal is to help Catholics become biblically literate—to know what’s in their Bibles, from beginning to end, and to learn the Catholic approach to reading Scripture. With this foundation, many Catholics will experience the spiritual riches of the Bible and realize the Church's deep and varied roots in Scripture.
About Carol Kloss

Updated on 10/03/10


Burning Bush

An angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. [Moses] gazed, and there was a bush all aflame, yet the bush was not consumed. (Exodus 3:2)

Let’s just look at this bush. This scrawny desert bush. This bush that's managed to live for who knows how long in a place of rocks, heat, and hardly any water. Not much fuel in this bush to begin with, but what fuel there is, is NOT BURNING. The fire's flames are not eating this bush. It's not charred, black, and dead. This bush stays alive as it burns. We can see its twisting grey branches and its stiff leaves. How can that be? Is it a special bush? Or a special fire?

It's definitely the fire. Something different about that fire that flames but doesn't kill. It sounds different: quiet, no crackling and snapping, nothing startling. We can get close, too. The air around us is hotter than that fire. We can see each leaf now, olive green with tiny leathery wrinkles. And still the fire flames and glows. What kind of fire is this? IS it a fire? Meaning, a REAL fire?

We didn't come to this desert to look at a bush. We've got work to do. We need to move on. We must be imagining something, hallucinating. Did too much walking without stopping for water. We need to eat, too. Time

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