Here are some resources mostly for the BIBLE360: Introduction to the Bible seminar. If you're looking for general faith formation stuff use the navigation bar(those words just below the formedfaith logo) to find what you're looking for...
A Study Bible is the primary resource needed to help you engage with the Bible more. Three are recommended below, all of which use the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version) translation which is most commonly used within the Brisbane diocese.
- New Oxford Annotated Bible (NRSV with The Apocrypha) (link on Book Depository)
- Harper Collins Study Bible (NRSV with The Apocrypha) (link on Book Depository)
- New Interpreter's Study Bible (NRSV with The Apocrypha) (link on Book Depository)
Study guides are a useful resource to help you read the Bible more because they provide a structure (e.g., a particular passage each day), background information, useful explanation, and thoughts on how it is relevant to our lives today. These guides are available in series (to be purchased individually) with some recommended below.
- New Testament for Everyone Series (by Tom Wright). See "Mark for Everyone" on Book Depository.
- Old Testament for Everyone Series (by John Goldingay). See "Genesis for Everyone" on Book Depository.
- The People's Bible Commentary. See "Mark: The People's Commentary" on Book Depository.
Advent with Luke: Study Guide with reflections prepared by the Bishops of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane: Available in PDF format.
Electronic Bibles for iPad, iPhone, and Android
If you would like a copy of the Bible on your portable device, there's no shortage of options. Just a few of the possibilities are listed below, focusing on the NRSV. If you plan on purchasing software for your Mac or PC (see the next section), both Accordance and Logos also have companion applications.
- For iPad & iPhone: OliveTree Bible Reader NRSV. See and purchase on iTunes.
- For Android: Various OliveTree Bible Reader options. See and purchase on Google Play.
- For iPad/iPhone and Android: You Version Holy Bible (this is free, however it requires a connection to the internet to access the Bible text). See on iTunes (iPhone/iPad) or Google Play (Android Devices).
Bible Software for your Mac or PC
- For Mac: Accordance Bible Software is comprehensive with a range of packages and hundreds of add-on modules. See accordancebible.com and browse the various collections. Accordance also has a companion iPhone/iPad app.
- For PC: Bibleworks (see website) is recommended if you intend working with original languages, or Logos (see website) if you wish to purchase more add-on modules (e.g., maps, commentaries etc). Logos is also available on a range of mobile devices.
Books on Reading the Bible
There are numerous books available to help you read the Bible. Whilst there is an entire section of the Roscoe Library (part of St Francis College) devoted to BIBLE360 resources (simply search for "BIBLE360" on the online catalogue), a small selection are listed below.
- Armstrong, K. (2007). The Bible: A biography. New York, NY: Atlantic Monthly Press.
- Borg, M. J. (2001). Reading the Bible again for the first time: Taking the Bible seriously but not literally. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco.
- Campbell, A. F. (2010). Making sense of the Bible: Difficult texts and modern faith. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist.
- Fee, G. D. & Stewart, D. (2003). How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
- Jenks, G. C. (2011). The once and future Bible: An introduction to the Bible for religious progressives. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.
- Kugler, R., & Hartin, P. (2009). An introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.
- Scorer, T., & Borg, M. J. (2007). Experiencing the Bible Again for the First Time: A 10 session program. Kelona, BC: Woodlake.
- Synod Address by The Most Reverend Dr Phillip Aspinall. (You can also read an extract from the address focusing on issues relating to Bible Reading here.)
- Forward Movement, Daily Prayer.