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A Cathedral
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Experience the Bible like never before, wrapped in 2,000 years of insight, art, and tradition. Over 400,000 copies sold!

 

 

A Cathedral
in Print

Experience the Bible like never before, wrapped in 2,000 years of insight, art, and tradition.

Over 400,000 copies sold!

 

A Cathedral
in Print

Experience the Bible like never before, wrapped in 2,000 years of insight, art, and tradition. Over 400,000 copies sold!

 















 

Finally, a Bible you’ll want to read daily. Here’s why:

Finally, a Bible you’ll want to read daily. Here’s why:

With its single-column layout and larger font than most Bibles, The Word on Fire Bible is optimized to read like a normal book.

The Word on Fire Bible surrounds the biblical text with explanations and interpretations from Bishop Robert Barron, the Church Fathers, and many modern commentators to open a way into the complexity of the Bible’s vast history, many characters, and thought-provoking messages.​

This Bible uses an acclaimed translation that stands out because of its accuracy and readability, being as literal as possible yet as free as necessary to make the meaning clear in graceful, understandable English.

With its single-column layout and larger font than most Bibles, The Word on Fire Bible is optimized to read like a normal book.

The Word on Fire Bible surrounds the biblical text with explanations and interpretations from Bishop Robert Barron, the Church Fathers, and many modern commentators to open a way into the complexity of the Bible’s vast history, many characters, and thought-provoking messages.​

This Bible uses an acclaimed translation that stands out because of its accuracy and readability, being as literal as possible yet as free as necessary to make the meaning clear in graceful, understandable English.

The Word on Fire Bible features dozens of selections of religious art with original commentary to accompany the text, further opening the mystery and richness to be found in Sacred Scripture.

It’s made with carefully chosen materials from around the world, enhancing the feel from cover to cover.

The Word on Fire Bible features dozens of selections of religious art with original commentary to accompany the text, further opening the mystery and richness to be found in Sacred Scripture.

It’s made with carefully chosen materials from around the world, enhancing the feel from cover to cover.

The Word on Fire Bible makes one of the hardest books to read more accessible.

To say to someone “Just start reading it” is about as helpful as recommending to a beginner who has never encountered a word of Shakespeare, “Just pick up a collection of the Bard’s plays and enjoy.” The Church has realized from the beginning that we need assistance in reading the Scriptures to fully understand it.

And so, that is why we created The Word on Fire Bible: to bring God‘s Word to life in a new and exciting way through the lens of the greatest minds and saints who have been recognized as masters of the sacred writings.

This Bible homes in on two simple but fundamental questions: Who is God, and who is Jesus Christ? By leading with beauty in both design and content, it is especially meant to appeal to those who—whether they fully know it or not—are restlessly seeking the Lord. 

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The Word on Fire Bible makes one of the hardest books to read more accessible.

To say to someone “Just start reading it” is about as helpful as recommending to a novice who has never encountered a word of Shakespeare, “Just pick up a collection of the Bard’s plays and enjoy.” The Church has realized from the beginning that we need assistance in reading the Scriptures to fully understand it.

And so, that is why we created The Word on Fire Bible: to bring God‘s Word to life in a new and exciting way through the lens of the greatest minds and saints who have been recognized as masters of the sacred writings.

​This Bible homes in on two simple but fundamental questions: Who is God, and who is Jesus Christ? By leading with beauty in both design and content, it is especially meant to appeal to those who—whether they fully know it or not—are restlessly seeking the Lord.

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We’ve gathered some of the best commentary from across the centuries.

We’ve gathered some of the best commentary from across the centuries.

Bishop Barron

Theologian and Evangelist

Bishop Barron is the second-most-followed Catholic in the English speaking world, only after Pope Francis. With over 1 million subscribers on YouTube and over half a million people reading his reflections on Scripture daily, he has a gift that allows him to reach atheists, non-Catholic Christians, and devout Catholics. Over the past 25 years, Bishop Barron has been considered to be one of the most intelligent, and accessible, preachers of the Gospel. We took the best of his commentary from his sermons and books to include in this Bible.

Bishop Barron is the second-most-followed Catholic in the English speaking world, only after Pope Francis. With over 1 million subscribers on YouTube and over half a million people reading his reflections on Scripture daily, he has a gift that allows him to reach atheists, non-Catholic Christians, and devout Catholics. Over the past 25 years, Bishop Barron has been considered to be one of the most intelligent, and accessible, preachers of the Gospel. We took the best of his commentary from his sermons and books to include in this Bible. 

Church Fathers

The Origin of Church Tradition

Throughout the chapters, you’ll find commentary from the Church Fathers, the earliest Christian experts. Because many of the Church Fathers lived during or shortly after the time of the Apostles, these commentaries represent some of the oldest Christian writings in existence aside from the New Testament itself and carry the authority upon which the Church bases many teachings today.

Throughout the chapters, you’ll find commentary from the Church Fathers, the earliest Christian experts. Because many of the Church Fathers lived during or shortly after the time of the Apostles, these commentaries represent some of the oldest Christian writings in existence aside from the New Testament itself and carry the authority upon which the Church bases many teachings today.

Modern Experts

Contemporary Catholic Analysis

Writings from contemporary artists, saints and scholars are interspersed throughout the text including great minds such as G.K. Chesterton, Flannery O’Connor, Fulton Sheen, Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. These modern writers draw on 2,000 years of Church history and tradition along with their own biblical perspectives, all for the benefit of the reader seeking to better understand the Word of God.

Writings from contemporary artists, saints and scholars are interspersed throughout the text including great minds such as G.K. Chesterton, Flannery O’Connor, Fulton Sheen, Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis. These modern writers draw on 2,000 years of Church history and tradition along with their own biblical perspectives, all for the benefit of the reader seeking to better understand the Word of God.

“Unique falls short of describing The Word On Fire Bible. From the traditional scripture readings, to the selected and appropriately placed artwork, to the broad range of commentary authors, for me, The Word On Fire Bible brings a new life to reading and studying the Bible.”

DEACON LARRY LEONE



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A Bible that is appealing to the senses

Single-Column Biblical Text

The biblical text is laid out like a normal book.

Unlike Bibles that force too many columns and too much text on each page, The Word on Fire Bible is designed to make the reading experience like that of a regular book. Additionally, all commentary is nestled in alongside the corresponding verses it analyzes, keeping the flow of reading seamless.

 


 


Font Size

It’s easy to read.

Each volume of The Word on Fire Bible features text in a larger font than most other Bibles—with significant line spacing to allow for an easier reading experience. This provides for distraction-free reading, so you won’t lose your place in any clutter of text.

 


 


Materials

It’s stunningly crafted.

The Word on Fire Bible is designed to appeal to the human senses. Printed in Italy on matte-coated paper, the pages resist wear over time. Gold foil coats the exterior of the pages, surrounded by a top-grain full leather from Germany. The pages are sewn to the binding, not glued, allowing the book to lie flat while open.

A Bible that is appealing to the senses

Single-Column Biblical Text

The biblical text is laid out like a normal book.

Unlike Bibles that force too many columns and too much text on each page, The Word on Fire Bible is designed to make the reading experience like that of a regular book. Additionally, all commentary is nestled in alongside the corresponding verses it analyzes, keeping the flow of reading seamless.

Font Size

It’s easy to read.

Each volume of The Word on Fire Bible features text in a larger font than most other Bibles—with significant line spacing to allow for an easier reading experience. This provides for distraction-free reading, so you won’t lose your place in any clutter of text.

Materials

It’s stunningly crafted.

The Word on Fire Bible is designed to appeal to the human senses. Printed in Italy on matte-coated paper, the pages resist wear over time. Gold foil coats the exterior of the pages, surrounded by a top-grain full leather from Germany. The pages are sewn to the binding, not glued, allowing the book to lie flat while open.

The Word on Fire Bible is extremely well made, it is a quality binding. I see the sewn-in sections allowing the book to open flatly on any surface without having to push it down or crease to lay it open. The font size and spacing between the lines really cuts down on eye fatigue. . . . The arrangement of sections is reader-friendly. There is a comfortable balance of two-column and one-column presentation, with some bold print and gold print to break up the monotony of straight print.”

OLGA G. ROESCH



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An acclaimed translation that simplifies the Bible without sacrificing its true meaning

Since the books of the Bible were originally written in languages such as Hebrew and Greek, an accurate translation into English is critical. It is a difficult task to ensure the sentences flow in a way which sounds natural to Americans living in the 21st century—not using words such as “thy,” “thou,” and “didst.”  

The Word on Fire Bible uses the New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE), a groundbreaking translation, which stands out among others because it is as literal as possible in adhering to the ancient texts yet as free as necessary in order to make the meaning as clear as possible.

We even include a few word studies throughout the Bible, diving deeper into the fuller meanings of some of the original Greek and Hebrew words. 

An acclaimed translation that simplifies the Bible without sacrificing its true meaning

Since the books of the Bible were originally written in languages such as Hebrew and Greek, an accurate translation into English is critical. It is a difficult task to ensure the sentences flow in a way which sounds natural to Americans living in the 21st century—not using words such as “thy,” “thou,” and “didst.”  

The Word on Fire Bible uses the New Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition (NRSV-CE), a groundbreaking translation, which stands out among others because it is as literal as possible in adhering to the ancient texts yet as free as necessary in order to make the meaning as clear as possible.

We even include a few word studies throughout the Bible, diving deeper into the fuller meanings of some of the original Greek and Hebrew words. 

Finally, a perfect Bible for wherever you are on your faith journey!

The perfect Bible for wherever you are on your faith journey!

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Searching

The Word on Fire Bible doesn’t presume any experience of reading the Bible. It's designed to simplify the Scriptures for people reading the Bible seriously for the first time—who may be unsure of what to make of its many events and characters. Ultimately, this Bible aims to invite readers into an encounter with Jesus Christ, the Word of God.

Searching

The Word on Fire Bible doesn’t presume any experience of reading the Bible. It's designed to simplify the Scriptures for people reading the Bible seriously for the first time—who may be unsure of what to make of its many events and characters. Ultimately, this Bible aims to invite readers into an encounter with Jesus Christ, the Word of God.

Growing

For those looking to go deeper, The Word on Fire Bible plumbs the depths of the Catholic tradition, including contributions from many of its greatest saints and scholars from the past 2,000 years to better reveal the meaning and explore the text within the Catholic tradition.

Living

The Bible is the living Word of God and is always speaking in new ways to reach the hearts of believers. The Word on Fire Bible elevates this living Word for those who are already reading Scripture and living out its teachings in their daily lives. In addition to the insightful commentary, it matches the most beautiful text in the world with beautifully striking religious art to further amplify God's Word.

Teaching

Since The Word on Fire Bible presents Sacred Scripture in such a clear, insightful, authentic, and easy way, it is ideal for experienced Bible readers to share the faith and convey the person of Jesus Christ to new or growing believers. The Word on Fire Bible is also designed to be the highest-quality Catholic Bible ever produced and its aesthetic splendor helps evangelists attract searchers to the Bible.

Growing

For those looking to go deeper, The Word on Fire Bible plumbs the depths of the Catholic tradition, including contributions from many of its greatest saints and scholars from the past 2,000 years to better reveal the meaning and explore the text within the Catholic tradition.

Living

The Bible is the living Word of God and is always speaking in new ways to reach the hearts of believers. The Word on Fire Bible elevates this living Word for those who are already reading Scripture and living out its teachings in their daily lives. In addition to the insightful commentary, it matches the most beautiful text in the world with beautifully striking religious art to further amplify God's Word.

Teaching

Since The Word on Fire Bible presents Sacred Scripture in such a clear, insightful, authentic, and easy way, it is ideal for experienced Bible readers to share the faith and convey the person of Jesus Christ to new or growing believers. The Word on Fire Bible is also designed to be the highest-quality Catholic Bible ever produced and its aesthetic splendor helps evangelists attract searchers to the Bible.

"Here I am, 69 years old, and for the first time I have received a Bible that I can easily understand."

ELIZABETH

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"Here I am, 69 years old, and for the first time I have received a Bible I can easily understand."

ELIZABETH

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Leading with Beauty

Leading with Beauty

The Word on Fire Bible features dozens of selections of exquisite religious art throughout each volume. These selections incorporate the vast tradition of art from some of the greatest pieces—spanning from ancient cave paintings through the medieval period to the modern day. Accompanied by original commentary, the art amplifies and further reveals the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Scriptures.

This Bible leads with what Pope Francis the via pulchritudinis—“the way of beauty”—allowing its well-crafted design, rich commentary, and stunning artwork to appeal to both those exploring the Bible for the first time and those who are further immersing themselves in Scripture.



















The Word on Fire Bible features dozens of selections of exquisite religious art throughout each volume. These selections incorporate the vast tradition of art from some of the greatest pieces—spanning from ancient cave paintings through the medieval period to the modern day. Accompanied by original commentary, the art amplifies and further reveals the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Scriptures.

This Bible leads with what Pope Francis the via pulchritudinis—“the way of beauty”—allowing its well-crafted design, rich commentary, and stunning artwork to appeal to both those exploring the Bible for the first time and those who are further immersing themselves in Scripture.
















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This Bible gives full attention to all of Scripture.

This Bible gives full attention to all of Scripture.

The Word on Fire Bible is a multivolume set, dividing the Bible into seven sections. This allows for each volume to focus on the specific time periods, themes, linguistic styles, and genres found in each part of the Bible. 

The Word on Fire Bible is a multivolume set, dividing the Bible into seven sections. This allows for each volume to focus on the specific time periods, themes, linguistic styles, and genres found in each part of the Bible.

The Gospels

VOLUME I

Volume I of The Word on Fire Bible features the four Gospel accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and includes exquisite religious art and word studies to bring the original meaning and context of Scripture to light.

​You'll also find an introduction to each book of the Gospels and extensive biblical commentary from Bishop Robert Barron, the Church Fathers, and many of the greatest saints, mystics, and scholars throughout Christian history.

The Gospels

VOLUME I

Volume I of The Word on Fire Bible features the four Gospel accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and includes exquisite religious art and word studies to bring the original meaning and context of Scripture to light.

​You'll also find an introduction to each book of the Gospels and extensive biblical commentary from Bishop Robert Barron, the Church Fathers, and many of the greatest saints, mystics, and scholars throughout Christian history.

Acts, Letters, and Revelation

VOLUME II

Volume II of The Word on Fire Bible features the rest of the New Testament: Acts, Letters, and Revelation. It is almost 40% longer than Volume I.

Around the text of Scripture, you'll find 120 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 275 commentaries from more than 50 saints, mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history, and 18 introductory essays.

It also includes a full-page image of The Pentecost (After Maíno), an original painting by artist Michael Stevens, which was commissioned specifically for The Word on Fire Bible (Volume II).

The Pentateuch

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, and 9 word studies of the original Hebrew.

The Promised Land

VOLUME IV

Just Released! Volume IV of The Word on Fire Bible features the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings, surrounded by illuminating artwork and helpful commentary.

Accompanying the text of Scripture, you’ll find over 75 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 175 commentaries from mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history.

This volume also includes 40 works of art with commentary, 8 word studies of the original Hebrew, and introductions written by Peter Kreeft, Sally Read, Katie Prejean McGrady, Richard DeClue, and more.

Acts, Letters, and Revelation

VOLUME II

Volume II of The Word on Fire Bible features the rest of the New Testament: Acts, Letters, and Revelation. It is almost 40% longer than Volume I.

Around the text of Scripture, you'll find 120 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 275 commentaries from more than 50 saints, mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history, and 18 introductory essays.

It also includes a full-page image of The Pentecost (After Maíno), an original painting by artist Michael Stevens, which was commissioned specifically for The Word on Fire Bible (Volume II).

The Pentateuch

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, and 9 word studies of the original Hebrew.

The Promised Land

VOLUME IV

Just Released! Volume IV of The Word on Fire Bible features the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, and 1 and 2 Kings, surrounded by illuminating artwork and helpful commentary.

Accompanying the text of Scripture, you’ll find over 75 commentaries from Bishop Robert Barron and over 175 commentaries from mystics, artists, and scholars throughout history.

This volume also includes 40 works of art with commentary, 8 word studies of the original Hebrew, and introductions written by Peter Kreeft, Sally Read, Katie Prejean McGrady, Richard DeClue, and more.

Future Volumes

Future Volumes

Exile and Return

VOLUME V

The Wisdom Literature

VOLUME VI

The Prophets

VOLUME VII

Exile and Return

VOLUME V

The Wisdom Literature

VOLUME VI

The Prophets

VOLUME VII

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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
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