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Liturgy and Life Study Bible

Edited by Paul Turner and John W. Martens, Foreword by Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan, OSB

Liturgy and Life Study Bible
Liturgy and Life Study Bible

ISBN: 9780814664353, 6435

Details: 2280 pgs, 6 3/8 x 8 7/8
Publication Date: 03/15/2023

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How does the Bible form our worship practices? How does the liturgy incorporate the Bible? The Liturgy and Life Study Bible explores these questions and provides answers for today’s church. This indispensable guide includes essays from the world’s top liturgical and biblical scholars on a variety of subjects, including Jewish liturgical traditions, Psalms as liturgical prayer, early church worship, social justice, ministries, the Last Supper, and more.

Each book of the Bible has an introduction that includes basic background information and sets the stage for the reader to discern the liturgical content of each book. Additional notes are also included throughout the biblical text, as well as a comprehensive table that shows the intersection between biblical passages and the Catholic liturgy.  Going far beyond a summary of Lectionary readings, this table shows all the places where a verse of the Bible appears in any liturgical book: the Missal, the orders of sacramental rites, even the Roman Gradual and the Martyrology.

This tool will help researchers, catechists, preachers, and anyone studying the Bible for the purposes of prayer and meditation.

The Liturgy and Life Study Bible is a comprehensive resource that will help the reader engage worship and the Bible anew.  Flip through the pages of the sample below to see the full table of contents, the list of contributors, and more.


Paul Turner is pastor of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Kansas City––St. Joseph. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from Sant’ Anselmo in Rome. He is a former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and a member of Societas Liturgica and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. He is the author of numerous books published by Liturgical Press and a contributor to Give Us This Day.

John W. Martens, PhD, is professor of theology and director of the Centre for Christian Engagement at St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. For four years he wrote the Scripture column "The Word" at America Magazine. These columns have been published in three volumes by Liturgical Press, The Word on the Street, Years A, B, and C. He has also written extensively on children in early Christianity, including ‘Let the Little Children Come to Me’: Children and Childhood in Early Christianity (2009), with Cornelia Horn, and Children and Methods: Listening To and Learning From Children in the Biblical World (2020), with Kristine Henriksen Garroway.


"No two fields of research fit together more naturally than biblical studies and liturgical studies, and no publisher is more equipped to join them than Liturgical Press. Nearly every part of the Bible was written for liturgy—the Torah, Prophets, and Psalms for the temple and synagogue, and the Gospels and Letters of the Apostles for proclamation on the Lord’s Day at the Christian Eucharist. The Bible leads to the liturgy of God’s people and finds its most transforming expression there. The Liturgy and Life Study Bible brings together outstanding biblical and liturgical scholars to help preachers, teachers, and students understand the connections that unite the Bible and the liturgy so harmoniously."
Stephen J. Binz, biblical writer-speaker and pilgrimage leader at

"The Liturgy and Life Study Bible reveals how the word of God shapes every celebration of the liturgy."
From foreword by Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan, OSB

"Finally, a study Bible that aids the reader in understanding the deep relationship between Scripture and liturgy, filling the gap between Lectionary and Bible. The well-researched and readable introductory articles will be a welcome resource for liturgists and catechists alike."
Laurie Brink, OP, Professor of New Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union

"An indispensable resource and an instant classic."
James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray