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.

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Our newest Catholic Bible study examines how earliest biblical history has shaped our Christian 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

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

Our most popular study looks at the link between the Bible and the Rosary. Learn how key events in the the lives of Jesus and Mary are related to major Old Testament figures. Our 26-week study also examines Rosarium Virginis Mariae by Pope St. John Paul II, and includes photographs of stained glass windows depicting the mysteries of the Rosary. Scripture and the Rosary: New Testament Mysteries, Old Testament Parallels has been granted an imprimatur. Visit our Scripture and the Rosary study directory to see a sample lesson.

Scripture and the Rosary

New Testament Mysteries, Old Testament Parallels

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


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.