Presenting an in-depth explanation of the biblical foundations of the movie The Passion of the Christ, this popular Turning to God’s Word Catholic Bible study by Jennifer McGaw Phelps contains all of the original material of the 2004 edition as well as many new features in an improved, reader-friendly format. The entire five-lesson study will remain posted through the Easter octave ending Sunday, April 23. This second edition features an imprimatur and a foreword by the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop of Des Moines.

Our annual free Lenten Bible study

Jesus' Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering

Our newest title, The United Kingdom of Israel: A Foreshadowing of the Reign of Christ the King examines Saul, David, and Solomon to learn how their Old Testament reigns—especially that of David—point ahead to the kingdom of heaven. It will be accompanied by lesson videos and supplemental online study resources. Like all Turning to God's Word Catholic Bible studies, The United Kingdom of Israel will be submitted for an imprimatur. This new Bible study will be available in late summer 2017. Click on the thumbnail at left to see a sample lesson.

The United Kingdom of Israel

A Foreshadowing of the Reign of Christ the King

Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses sports horns as the result of a translation error made by St. Jerome. The patron of translators mistook the Hebrew word in the book of Exodus 34:29 describing Moses' face as "radiant in glory" to mean "horned." The error was compounded in 1515 when Michelangelo carved horns on his marble portrayal of Moses, which can be seen in the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. Sign up to receive our weekly Lost in Translation emails, or follow Lost in Translation on our website, where Matthew Phelps posts new commentary every Tuesday.

Lost in Translation

This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study takes an in-depth look at the bizarre and often disturbing images in the book of Revelation to discover ways that this Christian vision of Final Judgment is relevant in our contemporary world. Color illustrations help readers to visualize key theological concepts in the biblical text. The Revelation of Jesus Christ: The Faithful Witness has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Revelation of Jesus Christ study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Faithful Witness

This compelling Catholic Bible study examines how earliest biblical history has shaped our faith. In the Beginning: The Book of Genesis covers scriptural accounts of Creation, the Fall of Adam and Eve, the great Flood, and lives of the patriarchs. These 28 lessons provide a strong foundation for serious study of other books of the Bible, and maps and genealogical charts are included. This study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our In the Beginning study page to link to supplemental resources, including video overviews of each lesson.

In the Beginning

The Book of Genesis

The Letter to the Hebrews: An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation explains how it is possible that Jesus Christ is able to bring about salvation for all men and women. The final five lessons in the study examine the biblical foundations of the priesthood—beginning with Melchizedek and ending with Jesus Christ, our great High Priest. This 23-lesson Catholic Bible study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Letter to the Hebrews study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other related resources.

The Letter to the Hebrews

An Explanation of the Mechanism of Our Salvation

This prayer-based Bible study is based on The Revised Grail Psalter, the new English translation of the Psalms by the monks at Conception Abbey. The Revised Grail Psalter soon will be used in all liturgical publications in the United States. Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church—Volume I has been granted an imprimatur, and it includes a foreword by Gregory Polan, O.S.B., abbot primate of the worldwide Benedictine Confederation. Visit our Sing a New Psalm study directory to read a sample lesson.

Sing a New Psalm

Communicating with God

This 25-lesson Catholic Bible study focuses on events recorded only in the Fourth Gospel—including Jesus' meeting with the woman at the well and his raising of Lazarus. The Gospel According to John: An Encounter with Grace and Truth provides an in-depth look at how these encounters with Jesus change the lives of ordinary people and relate to the sacraments of the Church. This study has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Gospel According to John study directory to see a sample lesson, video overviews of each lesson, and other resources.

The Gospel According to John

An Encounter with Grace and Truth

One of our most popular titles, this Catholic Bible study examines key biblical passages that enrich prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary. It begins with a look at Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Pope St. John Paul II's apostolic letter introducing the Luminous Msyteriers. Scripture and the Rosary: New Testament Mysteries, Old Testament Parallels has been granted an imprimatur and includes photographs of stained glass windows depicting the original 15 Mysteries. Visit our Scripture and the Rosary study directory to see a sample lesson.

Scripture and the Rosary

New Testament Mysteries, Old Testament Parallels


ABBEY STEEPLEPray the Psalms with the monks of Conception Abbey

This year you can accompany us as we join the monks of Conception Abbey in their online Lenten journey of prayer, penance, and peace. Centered on the Revised Grail Psalms (the same translation that is the focus of our Turning to God’s Word Catholic Bible Study Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with the Prayers of the Church), the monastery’s Lenten website features a Psalm from the day’s prayer liturgy along with a reflection and short prayer video.

BP PATES WEBTurning to God’s Word Bible studies carry an imprimatur

Our Catholic Bible studies are based on principles of lectio divina and designed to help parish groups and individuals increase understanding and enrich faith. All Turning to God’s Word studies have been granted an imprimatur from the Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, bishop of Des Moines.

Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for the month of March

FRANCIS WEBIf you’d like to join the Holy Father in his prayer intentions, during the month of March the Pope is encouraging Catholics to pray for support for persecuted Christians: That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.