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A Preface to the Study of Scripture, developed by Dr. Joshua McManaway, provides students an introduction to the theology of Scripture. The class addresses the Catholic understanding of the nature of God's Revelation to men and women in the forms of Scripture and Tradition, with a special emphasis on the Bible. Guided by the Second Vatican Council's official text on Scripture, Dei Verbum (Latin for 'the Word of God'). A Preface is principally focused on three theological concerns: a) the need for divine Revelation, b)the meaning of inspiration in Catholic thought, and c) the means by which Revelation is passed down in the Church. Students will have a more secure, theological foundation for future courses, especially those on the Hebrew Bible and New Testament, but also those on the history of the Church. This class is required for all students pursuing a certificate in Catholic Theology in Scripture.
Unit 1: Revelation
Unit 2: Scripture's inspiration and interpretation
Unit 3: Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church
Unit 4: The Hebrew Bible
Unit 5: The New Testament
Unit 6: Handing on Divine Revelation
- Seven weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
- Up to 20 students in each course.
- Video lectures with transcripts available in text format.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (200-250) required.
- Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.
- Watch or read the lecture for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
- Answer weekly discussion question.
- Respond to weekly unit assignment.
- Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
- Complete the course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
An electronic certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.
Course Begins: June 2023