Biblical Surprises Abound

Scripture study. It’s something we Catholics are often accused of not doing. Our Protestant brothers and sisters sometimes even claim we do not even read the Bible…..despite the fact we are nourished with the Word of God at every Mass. Granted, studying the Bible can be intimidating. It doesn’t have to be however and can be very fulfilling if we have the right tools at our disposal. Father William L. Burton has written a book that will guide the reader to a deeper understanding of the Bible. Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises: What Catholics Really Need to Know about Scripture Study is a straightforward book that aims at taking the guess work out of the Bible.

“Studying the Bible is itself a fun and entertaining endeavor.” Father William is correct when he states that early on in the book. Think about it. The story hidden within the pages of the Bible spans generations. It’s full of love stories, hardship, perseverance, triumph, tragedy, and more. Everything you could possibly want to read is right there…but it’s not a novel….it’s the true story of the world, it’s salvation through Jesus Christ and the challenges of his spreading his message by a fledgling Church.

In Part I of Abba Isn’t Daddy, Father Burton provide readers with a very good, and basic, understanding of scripture scholarship. Some of the topics include:

  • How Does the Church Study the Bible?
  • How is Biblical Truth Conveyed?
  • Why is Geography Important in Biblical Studies?
  • What is the origin of Biblical Chapters and Verses?

He also provides a number of biblical surprises in the book that takes one deeper into the faith. Part II contains deeper topics such as:

  • How is Our Understanding of Baptism Derived from Scripture?
  • Why Doesn’t Abba Mean “Daddy”?
  • What Is the Kingdom of God Really Like?
  • Why Is It Important to Understand What It Means to “Sit at Table” in the Gospels?
  • Is “Disciple” a Made-Up Word?

The Bible was given to us as a guide. It’s pages were divinely inspired and formalized in book form by the grace of a loving God who wants us not only to learn about him but to live with love towards one another. To firmly grasp this message we need to consume and study the Word.

Don’t let Bible study be intimidating. You don’t need a degree in Biblical Hebrew or have any grasp of Greek. Father William Burton has written a book that is clear, concise, and approachable no matter where you may find yourself in your journey of faith. This is book that can be utilized by individuals or those participating in group study. Your Catholic faith doesn’t have to be a mystery to you and neither does the Bible. Learn the Bible and relish the hidden surprises this book reveals.

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4 thoughts on “Biblical Surprises Abound”

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  2. I read Scripture and in my parish we cover it all – no ‘leave-outs’ or repeats – in a bit less than three years.

    Must be a fortunate parish.

    1. I found this on
      How much of the Bible is read after going through the cycles of daily Mass and Sunday Mass?
      13.5 percent of the Old Testament (not counting the Psalms)
      54.9 percent of the non-Gospel New Testament
      89.8 percent of the Gospels
      71.5 percent of the entire New Testament
      So, I calculate only 28.6% of the whole Bible (not counting Psalms).

  3. I often say, “I was blessed with horrible ears” – being hard-of-hearing has its advantages. The greatest blessing-in-disguise was that I needed “closed captioning” during the Mass Readings. This eventually led to “disappointment” that our Catholic 3-year-cycle of liturgical readings often repeats or leaves-out passages. There are about 900,000 words in the Catholic Bible, so in 3 years we should be able to finish – instead we might cover half. Also, we often jump around, so most Catholics likely do not understand the context.
    My advice is to read the Bible – cover to cover. However, if you want just one tip, I would suggest dividing into 4 parts because the Sapiential (Poetry like – Psalms) sections requires more reflection. Reading 8 pages of Poetry might cause your eyes to fall out.
    So, read 4 passages daily – start with Genesis, Job, and Matthew. The 4th section would be the Prophets – starting with Ezra through 2 Mac, and continuing again with Isaiah though Malachi. I agree, do not let it be intimidating.

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