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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Ascension (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934217786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934217788
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is concise and easy to understand, along with some very interesting information.
me
This book gave me a clear path, referenced new tools to guide me through the Bible, and has already deepened my understanding of God's Word and strengthen my faith.
David R. Williams
If you want to read and better understand the Holy Bible, The Bible Compass is a must.
Jim

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ryan K. on November 8, 2010
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Dr. Sri does an excellent job of summarizing the Catholic Church's teaching on Scripture. He gives great examples of how context is important and necessary to properly understand the Bible. The book also integrates elements from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and explains them in more detail. This is a really quick read, but it lays a very important foundation on which we can build our understanding of God's story of salvation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 7, 2012
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I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this book, but I know that I like Edward Sri's works so I was looking forward to reading this. This book is an excellent source for understanding the Bible and answering basic to intermediate questions about the Bible that Catholics should know but most don't.

The first few chapters address Scripture as being divinely inspired and the three pillars of the Catholic faith - Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium. We then move on to what I consider the most important section of this book, how to read Scripture correctly. So many of us just read random bits of Scripture, if any, and never get anything out of it, but that is not the proper way to read it. We have to know the author's intention with which he wrote as well as reading within the Living Tradition of the Church. Reading within the Living Tradition of the Church is important because the Church has been around 2,000 years so we should trust that the Church knows better than us and we shouldn't trust modern or personal interpretations that don't jive with the 2,000 year history of interpretations.

The book then goes on to address questions Catholics might have or be asked like why Catholics have more books than Protestants? (Short answer is we use the Septuagint Old Testament and the Protestants use the Masoretic text.) The book then concludes with a very short chapter on Lectio Divina, using the Scriptures to pray, which is something I am going to try and do in this Year of Faith. Check out my other reviews at stuartsstudy(dot)blogspot(dot)com
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ReneeSuz VINE VOICE on November 19, 2012
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The title of this book - The Bible Compass: A Catholic's Guide to Navigating the Scripture - pretty much sums it up. The Bible Compass will help one to not wander aimlessly through the Bible; it will point them in the direction in which they need to go in order to learn from God's word and hold it in their heart.
The Bible Compass is divided into four sections each giving readers an approach or tool to reading Scripture. The first talks about how the Bible is inspired by God as well as how Scripture along with Tradition and the Magisterium are a part of God's revelation of Himself. The second section is the meat of the book; it talks about five keys that are necessary for interpreting Scripture. Next is information about from where the Bible came and why is the Catholic Bible 'different' than that of Protestants. And the final section gives the reader insight into Biblical archaeology, history, geography, information about translations and even a chapter on Lectio Divina (a way to pray the Scriptures).
The Bible Compass is a good book for the student wanting to read Scripture but not sure how to best accomplish that goal. It would be useful for not only adults but also high school and college students. I think this book would make a nice gift for an RCIA student.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on November 8, 2012
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The Bible Compass is a crucial guide to reading and understanding Sacred Scripture! It provides "context tools" to help the reader discern complex passages. If you want to read and better understand the Holy Bible, The Bible Compass is a must.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2011
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Must have tool to go along with any bible study. Mr. Sri provides valuable information for anyone who loves the scriptures. Especially useful for teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Jackson on May 18, 2013
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I found the book very informational. I feel it is easy to read and true to the Catholic faith. I will be sharing this book with family and friends who have questions about Bible teachings. Especially those that just became Catholic. I believe it would be a great source for teenagers with questions about scripture teachings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Williams on May 30, 2014
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I have been reading spiritual literature for years in an attempt to weave the Truth and Word into my life, and to help receive a better understand of the Bible. This book gave me a clear path, referenced new tools to guide me through the Bible, and has already deepened my understanding of God's Word and strengthen my faith.
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A short book and easy reading and I knew a lot of what he says but have also learned new things .. worthwhile to those we do and are just starting to read the Bible, especially for Catholics or those who want to understand the Catholic reading of the Bible.
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