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24-02 Preface to the Study of Scripture is a Course

24-02 Preface to the Study of Scripture

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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. 

Course Content

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

Course Format

  • 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.

Participation Requirements

  • 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.

Time Expectations

4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.

Course Certificate

An electronic certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.

Area: Scripture

Course Begins: February 2024