My book club only makes book selections from the annual BWB bibliography! Catholic group leader, Honolulu, Hawaii

For both clergy and laity,  BibleWorkbench  is, in my judgment, the single most important resource for engaging and internalizing the lectionary readings for each Sunday of the year. It is of great value for clergy preparing sermons and for adult study groups undertaking a serious and life-changing encounter with the Bible. Marcus Borg - Author, Lecturer, Historical Jesus Scholar
BWB represents an approach to the study of Scripture that stresses applicability to our own lives, but in a different way from more traditional methods. As opposed to searching Scripture for absolute and immutable truths that we must all obey, or at least "believe," it has us looking for the questions that the stories, parables, and sayings raise that were important in Biblical times as people like us tried to understand their own lives and which can be just as important for us who are trying to do the same today. It can be challenging and even life-transforming to take a parable of Jesus and, instead of deciding what it means, thus ending the discussion, rather to identify the characters in the story, identify their problems, their conflicts, their hopes, their disappointments, their triumphs, their failures and then look for similar characters or characteristics in our own world, our own lives, our own psyches. The insights that can flow are endless and lead to a new and richer understanding of Jesus and his mission to his and our world. Understanding that Scripture can be a way of helping us ask the questions that can save our own lives, rather than being a receptacle of established and immutable truths, has been a true epiphany for me. Robert Ruppenthal-Retired physician

BWB uses my brain and lets me draw my own conclusions. Presbyterian group member, Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, NC

I have been a part of a group for 15 years. Each week BWB is vital and vibrant. This is too good a secret! Episcopal group member, Shreveport, LA

BibleWorkbench became READING BETWEEN THE LINES with the Advent issue (November 2015) of our 23rd year of continuous publication! Our subscribers and contributors requested a name change to better reflect this resource and our method (to learn about our method: click here). 

We asked our subscribers and supporters to provide feedback and comments on our resource and they responded! 


The scholarship is excellent. I learn something new every week. The parallel readings are sensational. Baptist group member, Louisville, KY

About Us

  • How We Are Different +

    How We Are Different We tell stories. As human beings, spiritual beings, meaning-making beings, we tell stories. It is how we make sense of Read More
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    How It Started A Brief History of a 167-Year-Old Institution It all started it 1843 when someone left a baby on the doorsteps Read More
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