Father William Burton has written an approachable book on Scripture Study entitled Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises: What Catholics Really Need to Know about Scripture Study Join us as we look at some misconceptions and hidden treasures within Scripture that you many not have known about. As Father Burton states, “Studying the Bible is itself a fun and entertaining endeavor.”

From the publisher Ave Maria Press

Fr. William L. Burton, O.F.M., doesn’t want you to be intimidated by studying the Bible. In fact, as a scripture scholar, he believes reading God’s Word is not only educational but also fun and entertaining. “The Bible is filled with surprises!” he says.

In Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises, Burton answers a number of fascinating questions that help you become more familiar with the Bible and your Catholic faith.

Have you ever wondered whether “Christ” is Jesus’ last name?

Did you know that when Jesus called God “Abba” he didn’t really mean the familiar “Daddy” as you may have been taught?

Could the Our Father have originally been a Jewish prayer?

Burton answers these questions and many others in Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises: What Catholics Really Need to Know about Scripture Study. The book will satisfy your curiosity about biblical subjects you’ve heard of and passages you’ve wondered about but never really pondered deeply nor understood.

Burton, a renowned scripture, introduces you to basic principles of scripture study and aids in your exploration of intriguing questions about the life of Jesus.

In part 1, Burton examines the history of the Bible, tools for scripture study, and the importance of archaeological, cultural, and linguistic discoveries for understanding the Bible. He also offers a fascinating explanation of how the geography of Israel played a crucial role in the Bible’s content and development.

In part 2, Burton addresses interesting questions related to the origin and meaning of topics in the New Testament.

Abba Isn’t Daddy and Other Biblical Surprises is a perfect resource to encourage you to learn the principles of scripture study and undertake a deeper reading of the Bible.


Rev. William L. Burton, O.F.M., is a scripture scholar. He also serves as a provincial councilor for the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.

He was a member of the board of trustees of the Catholic Theological Union and served stints as vice president for mission and ministry, vice president of academic affairs, and a professor at Quincy University. Burton also was director of academic formation for the diaconate program in the Diocese of Springfield and a visiting professor at DePaul University. A regular speaker at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference and other venues, Burton also has been involved in numerous parish Bible study programs and scripture-based retreats in the United States, Canada, and Rome. He has also served as a frequent pilgrimage guide through the Holy Land, Greece, and Turkey.

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