Scott Hahn revives the Catholic tradition of Scripture study in Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church.

Learn the basic principles of reading and interpreting the Bible, examine some of the difficulties people encounter in reading Scripture, and understand challenging and controversial scholarly trends in Biblical studies today.

Scripture Matters also explores:

  • The idea of covenant, perhaps the most important key to understanding the Scriptures
  • The life and work of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The biblical spirituality of St. Josemaría Escrivá

Scripture Matters will enhance your study of Scripture and nourish your faith. An indispensible text for all Catholics desiring to grow in their understanding of the Bible, rooted in the Church’ s longstanding tradition of interpretation.

About the Author

Scott Hahn is the Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R., Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at FranciscanUniversity of Steubenville. He is the founder and director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and the author of numerous books, a popular speaker, and television host.


“At Vatican II, the Council Fathers called for a greater access to Sacred Scripture for all the Christian faithful. They exhorted all of us to learn ‘ the surpassing knowledge of Jesus’ (Phil 3:8), through the study of Sacred Scripture. I can think of no better introduction to this study than Scott Hahn’s Scripture Matters.”

—Rev. Msgr. Stuart W. Swetland, Director, The Newman Foundation, University of Illinois

“One does not have to agree with Dr. Hahn in all particulars of Scripture Matters to see that he succeeds admirably in stirring things up in the world of contemporary Catholic biblical scholarship in the United States. This book should prove to be a useful stimulus for getting all of us who love Scripture to come to terms with it in our lives.”

—Rev. James Swetnam, S.J., Pontifical Bible Institute, Rome


Scripture Matters is a masterful guide to reading and understanding the Bible—a work that combines intelligence and depth with a wonderful readability. Dr. Hahn’ s chapters on historical criticism, the Real Presence, and the place of Scripture in Catholic teaching are worth reading again and again.”

—Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M., Cap

“Dr. Scott Hahn’ s Scripture Matters reflects not only a profound theology of God’ s Word . . . but also analyzes and critiques some of the more prevalent errors which have crept into discussions of the interpretation and proper use of Holy Scripture in the lives of individuals and the life of the Church. I heartfily recommend this work for students and all who wish to enhance the effective role of Holy Scripture in in their lives.”

—Most Rev. John J. Myers, Archbishop Emeritus of Newark, New Jersey

“Dr. Hahn has provided in Scripture Matters an invaluable series of essays that will not only help to keep students of Sacred Scripture on track, but also give them a sense of certitude concerning the Church’s long-standing tradition of interpretation. After reading Scripture Matters, you will jump into Scripture study with a renewed zeal. Dr. Hahn’ s excitement for Scripture will rub off on you—get ready!”

—Jeff Cavins, Author and Apologist

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