The Bible and the Church Fathers

The Bible and the
Church Fathers


The Bible and the Church Fathers

In The Bible and the Church Fathers, you’ll learn who the Early Church Fathers were and how they shaped the way we read Scripture.

The Bible and the Church Fathers will teach you everything you need to know about how the Bible took form. You’ll learn powerful tools for reading it, and you’ll understand Scripture’s relationship to Tradition and, in particular, to the sacraments.

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How It Works

The study consists of four main parts: the videos, the workbook, the supplemental materials, and the leader guide. The videos contain the bulk of the content, and can be viewed by themselves for a rich catechetical experience, but they were designed to be accompanied by the workbook. With a space for notes, recommended reading assignments, review questions, discussion questions and review notes, you’ll be fully prepared to absorb the rich content from the videos.

Supplemental readings come from Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Mike Aquilina’s The Fathers of the Church and Faith of Our Fathers, and Dr. Scott Hahn’s Consuming the Word. Our participant kit offers the workbook, The Fathers of the Church, Faith of Our Fathers, and Consuming the Word.

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Sample Lesson

Watch the video for lesson one, then download and view the corresponding sections of the Participant Workbook and Leader Guide below.


  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Fathers (21 min)
  • Lesson 2: Heroes & Heresies (30 min)
  • Lesson 3: Promise & Fulfillment (25 min)
  • Lesson 4: Inspiration & Authority (33 min)
  • Lesson 5: The New Testament (30 min)
  • Lesson 6: The Real Presence (23 min)
  • Lesson 7: The Fathers of the Church (27 min)
  • Lesson 8: Preserving the Truth (24 min)
  • Lesson 9: The Doctrine of the Mysteries (23 min)
  • Lesson 10: All in the Family (29 min)
  • Lesson 11: Fathers & Martyrs (26 min)
  • Lesson 12: Living the Mysteries (24 min)

Journey through Scripture

The Bible and the Church Fathers is part of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology’s dynamic Journey Through Scripture Bible study series.

Journey through Scripture is the St. Paul Center’s flagship Bible study program designed to help ordinary Catholics grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures while deepening their understanding of the riches of our faith. Journey through Scripture takes a holistic approach, looking at the entire Bible and how all of its parts work together.

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