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
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
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.
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
If 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.