Knowledge: biblical and in respect to religious education

What is knowledge?

How do we know what we know?

How do we know what we know is accurate?

What about new information?

What about new information that contradicts the information stored in our brain?

Know what to do with knowledge!

Consider the source

An easy assginment:

Write down what you remember about a well known bible story.

Now look up that bible story in a minimum of 4 or 5 different translations of the bible.

Depending on where you learned the bible story, you may be surprised to find it very different from the actual translation.

I am no expert on the various biblical languages but over my studies I’ve learned that certain Hebrew and Greek words can depending on context have very different meanings.

Over years of study scholars continually reevaluate the translations in an attempt to bring forth the most accurate

The following bibles are fairly consistent:

The New English

The New Jerusalem


to name a few

for the sake of biblical study I would stay away from the Good News Bible as it tends to take liberties with its interpretations.

IF you are really interested get a bible with a concordance

A concordance will help you compare passages within the old and new testaments and will reference other verses with similar meanings.

Read the Bible

Take classes on the sacraments

Take classes on biblical history.

If you are unsure of a fact…look it up, or talk to someone in the know.

and Finally although as a catechist we teach bible stories and bible verses

the Bible is meant to be taken as a whole not pieced apart to get the message we want to create from it

The Bible was God’s gift to us…the word of God transposed through Human hands, it should be used to promote love among people

The easiest way to bring others to knowledge in God is to love them.  Though not everyone is easy to love….those are the very people we should be loving the most.

Dear Lord,

Help me to know your word

your law, your love for all the human race

through Jesus name we pray



About ellasurreau

I am a first grade religious education catechist I have been teaching for 20 years I have a BA in Religious Studies I have continued taking classes in religious studies since graduating. I grew up Methodist, and became catholic after marrying.
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