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The Word on Fire Bible Volume III: The Pentateuch

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Support the Bible Project and receive the gifts below, including the opportunity to reserve a copy of Volume III: The Pentateuch with a donation of $100 or more. All donor gifts will ship in early Summer 2023.

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Life of Christ by Fulton J. Sheen
Confessions by St. Augustine
The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
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First Look At Volume III

Volume III of The Word on Fire Bible features the first five books of the Old Testament, collectively known as the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Accompanying the text of Scripture, you’ll find over 90 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 230 commentaries from mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history. Volume III includes—for the first time in the series—commentaries from Dorothy Day, Ephrem the Syrian, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, and more.

This volume also includes over 50 works of art with commentary, 9 word studies of the original Hebrew, and introductions written by noted scholars and authors Christopher Kaczor, Matthew Levering, Mary Healy, Michael Dauphinais, and Fr. Blake Britton.

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A Word from Bishop Barron

The Word on Fire Bible is a groundbreaking new series introducing readers to the strange, colorful world of the Bible. It was designed to appeal not just to Christians, but to nonbelievers, searchers, and those with far more questions than answers.  When you open up The Word on Fire Bible, you will experience a feast for the imagination and the heart as well as for the mind and the soul.

When you attend a liturgy at a beautiful cathedral, you hear the Word of God proclaimed from the pulpit. However, the Word is clarified by the surrounding experience—the architecture, the art, the stained glass windows, the icons. You’ll have a similar encounter with God’s Word as you make your way through The Word on Fire Bible. Evangelical in its purpose, illuminating in its words, and distinct in its beauty, this is not a regular bible; it is a cathedral in print. It doesn’t simply present a collection of stories for Christians; it invites you, whatever your background, to enter into the story of Christ.

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Word Study
πεντάτευχος
Pentateuch
Noun
Five Books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy)
2020
Volume I
The Gospels
2022
Volume II
Acts, Letters, and Revelation
2023
Volume III
The Pentateuch
TBD
Volume IV
The Histories Part I
TBD
Volume V
The Histories Part II
TBD
Volume VI
The Wisdom Literature
TBD
Volume VII
The Prophets

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Four major features set The Word on Fire Bible apart from all the others.

Its purpose is evangelical

This is not a study Bible. Its goal is not merely to transmit historical knowledge or textual insight. It is also not a devotional Bible, offering self-improvement tips. The mission of this Bible is evangelical. It is meant to introduce not mere facts but a person: Jesus Christ. It aims to do that by unveiling Christ throughout each chapter and verse of the Gospels, leading readers to a life-changing encounter with him.

It is intended for new readers

The Word on Fire Bible doesn’t presume any experience reading the Bible. It’s designed for people reading the Bible seriously for the first time, who may be unsure of what to make of its many events and characters.

It highlights the great tradition

Most Bible resources include commentary from one or a small handful of authors, typically contemporary scholars. This Bible plumbs the depths of the entire tradition of Catholic Christianity, including contributions from many of its greatest saints and scholars from the past two thousand years. The Word on Fire Bible reads the Scriptures “from the heart of the Church,”; offering the most colorful and diverse range of commentators currently in print.

Its showcases the way of beauty

This Bible showcases what Pope Francis calls the via pulchritudinis (the way of beauty). For many people in our postmodern culture—especially the young—an appeal to the true (“Here is what you should believe”) or to the good (“Here is how you ought to behave”) is often a non-starter, likely to awaken suspicion and defensiveness. But an appeal to the beautiful (“Just look at this”) is more winsome, less menacing. And so this Bible features many striking works of art as well as literary explanations of those pieces—all designed to introduce the seeker to Christ through the aesthetic splendor that he has inspired.

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Volume I
Volume I of the Word on Fire Bible includes the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
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Volume II
Volume II of the Word on Fire Bible completes the New Testament with Acts, Letters, and Revelation.
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Volume III
Volume III of the Word on Fire Bible features the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
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Yes, this is a donation. Please note that if you are a donor and contribute $100 or more, the tax-deductible portion of your contribution is the amount of your contribution minus the estimated fair market value of the gift.

This is not a retail purchase. Funds from the Bible Project go towards the cost of producing the Word on Fire Bible. 

Yes! With our new international warehouses, we are now able to fulfill the international Bible Project gifts. You will receive your gifts in early summer of 2023. Please ensure your email address and mailing address are correct for your shipment.

 

Word on Fire will cover all shipping-related expenses for the Volume III Bible thank gifts of our Bible Project donation campaign fundraiser, so donors of our this fundraiser, regardless of what their country of residence is, do not need to cover any shipping fees for their donation’s Volume III Bible thank you gifts.

The donation gifts and tiers are not editable. However, feel free to donate more than once to get multiple copies. After you donate, simply visit wordonfire.org/bible-project again and complete a new donation for additional copies.

At this time, we cannot accommodate that request. You are welcome to ship your donor gifts to someone else after you receive them.

Yes, you can mail a check payable to “Word on Fire Catholic Ministries” with “Bible Project Volume III” in the memo line to P.O. Box 170 Des Plaines, IL 60016. Please also include a note with your email address and mailing address.

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Donation gifts will be shipped in early summer of 2023. Please ensure that you use the correct email address when completing your donation as this is where you will receive shipping and tracking updates on your Bible Project gifts.

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The deadline is March 1st, 2023 at 5p.m. CT.

We don’t have an official retail price set for Volume 3 at this time, but due to an increase in production costs, Volume 3 is expected to cost more than Volume 2. Rest assured, we want to keep Volume 3 as affordable as possible so that the Word of God can continue to be shared with others.

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Unfortunately no, we only have the Word on Fire Bible (Volume III): The Pentateuch available in English.

No, this is not a full bible. Volume III of the Word on Fire Bible includes the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

The Word on Fire Bible uses the New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE), which first appeared in 1989 and has received wide acclaim from academics and Church leaders.

The translation received the imprimatur of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1991, granting official approval for Catholic use in private study and devotional reading.

The NRSV-CE stands out among other translations because of its accuracy and readability. It is “as literal as possible” in adhering to the ancient texts and only “as free as necessary” to make the meaning clear in graceful, understandable English.

It’s a wonderful translation—both for those who have never read the Bible and for those who have studied it for years.

Volume III will be printed and released in Summer 2023. The creative process of compiling Volume IV of the Word on Fire Bible is already underway!

The Word on Fire Bible Volume III: The Pentateuch features text in a 9pt font, which is larger than in most other Bibles and offers significant line spacing to allow for an easier reading experience.