A title given for Jesus that means "anointed one." It translates the Hebrew word for Messiah.
God's self communication whereby he makes known the mystery of his divine plan.
The story of God's saving activity in human history.
One of the several names denoting the inspired writings which make up the Old and New Testament.
The official teaching authority of the Church that resides in the pope and the bishops in communion with him.
The living transmission of the message of the Gospel in the Church.
Literally, "Good News."
A core Catholic teaching that the Son of God took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.
A central truth of Revelation that Catholics are obliged to believe.
The building where a Jewish assembly or congregation meets for religious observance and instruction.
The name for the fist five books of the Old Testament.
A typical teaching device Jesus used.
The term to describe the mystery of Christ's manifestation as Savior of the world.
The mystery from Christ's life in which God's glory shone through and transformed Jesus' physical appearance.
Son of Man
A title Jesus used to refer to himself.
A title for Jesus which translates the Greek word Kurios, which rendered the Hebrew word for God.
An abbreviation for Quelle. A common source of sayings of Jesus used by the Evangelists Matthew and Luke in the composition of their Gospels.
The name for the approximate four hundred verses or verse fragments in the Gospel of Matthew that are not present in the Gospel of Mark or Q, which are unique to Matthew.
Specific material found in the Gospel of Luke that is unique to the Gospel.
Herod the Great
King of Judea who (according to the New Testament) tried to kill Jesus by ordering the death of all children under age two in Bethlehem (73-4 BC).
Pliny the Younger
Roman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder; author of books of letters that commented on affairs of the day (62-113).
Roman biographer and historian. His surviving works include Lives of the Caesars.
Jewish historian, general, and Pharisee. His Jewish War gives an eyewitness account of the events that led up to the Jewish revolt against the Romans in 66, in which he was a leader.
The study of biblical texts by looking at the historical context in which the text was written.
Analysis of the Bible by tracing the history of its content of parables, psalms, and other literary forms.
A method of analyzing those portions of the Bible which appear to have been created by an editing process in which redactors (editors, compilers) have combined various source document into the form that we see in the Bible.
The guidance given to the human authors of Sacred Scripture so they wrote what God wanted written for our benefit.
The collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible.
A word meaning "covenant," the open ended contract between God and human beings.
A word meaning "revelation" or "unveiling."
A term referring to God's infinite incomprehensibility, his plan of salvation and redemption, and the events of Jesus' life that show and accomplish this plan.
Uttered at the end of a prayer or hymn, meaning "so be it."
A powerful sign of God's Kingdom worked by Jesus.
The core teaching about Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Greek, meaning power, a word used to describe the miracles of Jesus.
A story involving a sustained comparison in which people, things, and events symbolically represent something else.
Son of God.
A study of biblical text, attempting to identify the words of the original autograph copy and eliminate later forgeries, spelling errors, etc.
A member of an ancient Jewish sect around the time of Jesus; opposed to the Pharisees.
A person who proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
The four Gospel writers.
The official list of the inspired books of the Bible.
The climax of Salvation History, the coming of Jesus Christ, the fullness of God's Revelation.
Ark of the Covenant
The portable shrine built to hold the tablets on which Moses wrote the Law.
The international federation of Catholic intellectuals, one of the oldest international lay Catholic movement.
A monogram of chi (Χ) and rho (Ρ) as the first two letters of Greek Khristos Christ, used as a Christian symbol.
God's messengers; angels are created beings that posess free will and intelligence but who are pure spirits, without bodies.
A term for non-Jews.
An Aramaic term of endearment meaning "daddy."
The highest court of justice and the supreme council in ancient Jerusalem.
Kingdom of God
The proclamation by Jesus that inaugurated his life, Death, and Resurrection.
A literary form that relates past scriptural events to help explain and interpret present events.
God's love and salvation revealed to us through the life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection and Glorification of his Son Jesus Christ.
A phrase that refers to certain passages in the Gospels where Jesus tells his disciples not to reveal his true identity.
Any thought, word, or act that expresses hatred or contempt for God, Christ, the Church, saints, or holy things.
A follower of Jesus.
The process of religious instruction and formation in the major elements of the Catholic faith.
The day recognized as the "birthday" of the Church when the Holy Spirit was revealed, bestowed, and communicated to the Church in fulfillment of the promises Jesus made to send another Advocate, a Comforter.