Required Texts

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To print the book list, click here.
To get student workbooks, contact Jill Costa at Jill.Costa@aohct.org or (860) 242-5573.
Note: Required textbooks may be revised without notice depending on availability and curriculum revisions.

CBS 100 (Year One/Blue Workbook):

  • A Bible translated from the original languages. Recommended translations: New American Bible Revised Edition (copyright 2011 or later), New Jerusalem Bible, New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha, Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha, BUT paraphrased and condensed Bibles (like the Living Bible) are not acceptable as a primary text for use in this program.
  • The Catholic Biblical School Student Workbook Year 1: Old Testament Foundations, Genesis Through Kings (Paulist Press, 2007) This text must be ordered through the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis.
  • Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, David Noel Freedman, ed. (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Ltd., 2000) (ISBN 978‐0‐8028‐2400‐4)
  • Student’s choice of atlas. Recommended Atlases: Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition, Adrian Curtis (Oxford University Press) (ISBN 9‐780199‐56046‐2) OR Hammond’s Atlas of Bible Lands, H.T. Frank (Hammond World Atlas Corp., 2007) (ISBN 9‐780843‐709834)
  • Reading the Old Testament, Lawrence Boadt, revised and updated by Richard Clifford and Daniel Harrington, (Paulist Press, 2012) (ISBN 978‐0‐8091‐4780‐9)
  • Introduction to the Bible: A Catholic Guide to Studying Scripture, Stephen J. Binz (Liturgical Press, 2007) (ISBN 978‐0‐8146‐1700‐7)
  • “Genesis,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament, Joan E. Cook (Liturgical Press, 2011) (ISBN 978-0-8146-2836-2) OR "Genesis," Collegeville Bible Commentary Old Testament #2, Pauline Viviano (Liturgical Press, 1985) (ISBN 0-8146-1370-5)

CBS 200 (Year Two/Red Workbook):
(In addition to the texts required in Year One)

  • The Catholic Biblical School Student Workbook Year 2: New Testament Foundations: Jesus and Discipleship (Paulist Press, 2008) This text must be ordered through the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis.
  • Synopsis of the Four Gospels, revised edition, K. Aland,ed. (American Bible Society) (ISBN 978-1-5851-6942-9)
  • Jesus: A Gospel Portrait, revised edition, Donald Senior,C.P. (Paulist Press, 1992) (ISBN 0‐8091‐3338‐5)
  • An Introduction to the New Testament for Catholics, Joseph F. Kelly (Liturgical Press, 2006) (ISBN 978-0-8146-5216-9)
  • Revelation and the End of All Things, Craig R. Koester (Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001) (ISBN 978-0-8028-4660-0)
  • The Gospel and Epistles of John: a Concise Commentary, fourth edition, Raymond Brown (Liturgical Press, 1986) (ISBN 978-0-8146-1283-5)

CBS 300 (Advanced Year/Cycle A/Green Workbook)*:
(In addition to the texts required in Years One and Two)

  • The Catholic Biblical School Student Workbook Year 3: Old Testament Continued: Exile and Restoration (Paulist Press, 2009) This text must be ordered through the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis. (Contact Jill Costa at Jill.Costa@aohct.org or (860) 242-5573)
  • Conversing with God in Scripture: A Contemporary Approach to Lectio Divina, Stephen Binz (The Word Among Us Press, 2008) (ISBN 978‐1‐59325‐126‐0)
  • The Prophets, Volume 1, Abraham J. Heschel (Harper & Row Publishers, 1962) (ISBN 978-0-0613-1421-6)
  • Introduction to the Prophets, Thomas L. Leclerc (Paulist Press, 1995) (978‐0‐8091‐4492‐1)
  • "Ezekiel, Daniel,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary, Corrine L. Carvalho (Liturgical Press, 2012) (ISBN 978-0-8146-2850-8) OR “Ezekiel, Daniel,” Toni Craven, Collegeville Bible Commentaries (Liturgical Press, 1986) (ISBN 978‐0‐8146‐1423‐5)

CBS 400 (Advanced Year/Cycle B/Orange Workbook)*:
(In addition to the texts required in Years One and Two)

  • The Catholic Biblical School Student Workbook Year 4: Old and New Testaments Concluded: The Word in the Hellenistic World (Paulist Press,2010) This text must be ordered through the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis.
  • The Word of God at Vatican II: Exploring Dei Verbum, Ronald D. Witherup, SS, (Liturgical Press, 2015) (Liturgical Press, 2015) (ISBN 978-0-8146-3556-8)
  • Companion God, revised edition, George T. Montague (Paulist Press, 2010) (ISBN 978‐0‐8091‐4501‐0)
  • "Ezekiel, Daniel,” New Collegeville Bible Commentary, Corrine L. Carvalho, (Liturgical Press, 2012) (ISBN 978-0-8146-2850-8) OR “Ezekiel, Daniel,” Toni Craven, Collegeville Bible Commentaries (Liturgical Press, 1986) (ISBN 978‐0‐8146‐1423‐5)

*Advanced year class texts alternate yearly between Cycle A and Cycle B

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For more information, please contact:
BJ Daly Horell
Archdiocesan Director of the Catholic Biblical School
860-242-5573 ext. 2679
Catholic.Biblical.School@aohct.org