We all want it: the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It’s what makes us confident and secure.
And what about the truth about ourselves? Everyone eventually asks the questions:
Who am I? Why am I here?
Where am I going?
For these ultimate truths, people have for centuries, turned to the Bible as God’s Word, but we’ve often struggled to piece the whole truth together. We don’t know where to start and it can be such a challenging read! All sorts of opinions about how it should be read abound!
We’ve had questions and need teachers who have already studied the whole library collection of books from different authors, genres, and historical backgrounds.
We’ve lost our way, given up, and been confused. So we need clear cut instructions and a map.
God’s desire for us to have the whole truth is even greater than our own. And He’s provided the whole truth and nothing but the truth, most beautifully and clearly explained, in The Great Adventure Bible.
It is first and foremost, the complete Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Second Catholic Edition.
Additionally, this Bible’s team of editors and consultants have tied together and explained every book- categorized its key people and provided a timeline of biblical events.
The timeline begins with The Early World, telling the story of Genesis chapters 1-11. Before the Scriptural text there is a summary, an explanation of how the narrative goes, and clarification on the significance of these chapters, like God’s purpose for human dignity, creation as a cosmic temple, and the drama of sin and redemption.
The systematic presentation incorporates a color-coded Bible timeline that organizes the different stages of our powerful and magnificent salvation story. One cannot easily forget that color-coded black section signifies Israel’s darkest period in history, or that purple reminds us of the Royal Kingdom.
The Great Adventure Bible gives clear instruction about God’s overarching covenantal plan for loving and saving us, and provides colorful charts and maps that show the progression of time and historical place. Who would doubt that an eye-catching map of the desert wanderings could enhance the reader’s understanding of the Israelites’ 40 years of waiting in hope for a Promised Land?
Separate articles enhance the reader’s understanding of the important covenants God has made throughout history and suggest how to interpret the Bible. And a well thought out reading plan helps students know how to begin to see the overall picture, before adding some of the more supplemental books. Lectio Divina, a way of praying with Scripture is also introduced.
And underlying each teaching tool is the Catholic understanding of the Bible- seen in its entire context and unity. Centuries of saintly commentaries and magisterial teaching undergird the structure of the Great Adventure Bible’s contents and lend to making all the parts create a whole.
The whole truth and nothing but the truth…so help us God! And He does. Through the thorough and clear presentation of God’s Word, the Great Adventure Bible draws us into the knowledge of the truth: we are the beloved children of God’s steadfast covenantal love and we’re destined to live with Him in that love forever!
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