The Bible, God’s Word in human words, is the inspired word given to us as an aid and guide on the path that God desires of us as faithful disciples. The two main components of the Bible are the Old and New Testaments. Because Jesus was Jewish, to understand and appreciate Jesus, one must know the Old Testament, or the Jewish Scriptures. While Christians immerse themselves in the New Testament books concerning Jesus, especially focused on the Gospels, they must also know how the New is a continuity of the Old. The heart of Jesus’ teaching is often expressed in the form of parables. Knowing how to read and interpret the parables is essential in getting at the mind, heart and intention of Jesus. St. Jerome stressed this powerfully when he stated that “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Immersing ourselves in the Scriptures is a necessary component of all Christian living.