Bible Basics

In this section we go back to basics. We’ll provide you with information, articles and inspiration to help you understand and explore Sacred Scripture.

An introduction to the Bible

You’re in the right place if:

  • You’re new to the Bible and need some help on how to start reading it
  • You’ve long enjoyed a relationship with the Bible but would like to deepen your understanding of scripture.

In this section we go back to basics. We’ll provide you with information, articles and inspiration to help you understand and explore Sacred Scripture.

The Bible has great relevancy to our lives today. We can learn so much from these ancient words. Our articles will help you interpret the Bible for your everyday life.


The Word of God is alive and active

“The word of God is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12); it does not die, nor does it age, but it remains for ever (cf. 1 Peter 1:25). It stays young in the presence of all that passes away (cf. Matthew 25:35) and preserves those who put it into practice from inner aging.” Pope Francis

In this section you’ll find articles from many different authors, each with different experiences of the Bible and their own perspectives to share.

Fr Stephen Wang summarises the Bible succinctly in an article you can read, in full, in this section:

“It speaks about God’s love for all people; his special love for the Jewish people; the coming of the Saviour, Jesus Christ; his death and resurrection; the gift of the Holy Spirit; and the beginnings of the Christian Church. It finishes with an extraordinary vision of heaven.”

Click here to read the full article.

We hope you find this section a useful starting point for your journey.

This site is packed full of free resources for you to share and enjoy, from free audio gospels to an immersive art experience, we update this site with fresh articles and resources each month.

Click here to read this month’s new resources and articles.


Recommended Bible Translations for Children and Adults

Here’s a selection of great Bibles for all ages.

What is the Bible?

Fr Stephen Wang, a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster, gives a personal and simple reflection on exactly what the Bible is and why it's relevant in our lives today.

How to Read the Bible

A guide to help you enjoy reading Scripture.

Listening to the God who Speaks

So what is the most important commandment in the Bible? Of course you know the answer....

How to do Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)

Lectio Divina is Latin for "Divine Reading" and is the practice of scriptural reading, meditation and prayer to deepen knowledge of God's Living Word.

Can we trust the Bible?

Fr Stephen Wang, a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster, gives us four reasons why we can trust the Bible - especially why we can trust the accounts of Jesus’s life that are presented in the four Gospels.

Magna Carta and Gospel Reading

Fr Joseph O’Hanlon, a priest of the Nottingham Diocese, writes about Stephen Langton, the Magna Carta and the influence on our Gospel reading.

Wrestling with God…

Fr Joseph O’Hanlon, a priest of the Nottingham Diocese, tells us a story from the Book of Genesis.