BI810CE Wisdom Literature and the Psalms

The text from this biblical book is explored as the liturgical and personal prayer book of Jews and Christians for millennia, a book that embraces the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience, speaking as much to people of today as it did to those who first composed it. The overall structure of the book, types of Psalms, aspects of Hebrew poetry, and important themes arising in the text are analyzed.

Recommended Prerequisite: BI405EE Introduction to Sacred Scripture

BI710CE Pauline Literature and the Letter to the Hebrews

Students explore selected letters of Paul. Topics include authorship, audience, secular and religious contexts. The study of Paul’s writing style brings additional meaning to the texts. Students are prepared for teaching and preaching in the parish and similar settings.

BI630CE Johannine Literature: The Gospel, Letters and Book of Revelation

This course addresses the Gospel of John, the letters of John, and the book of Revelation. Students will learn some fundamental principles of biblical interpretation.  Then, these principles will be used to explore the Johannine texts, with special attention paid to the Gospel of John.  As a course for the continuing education of Catholic Deacons, special attention will be paid to the liturgical and homiletic import of the scriptural texts.

BI610CE The Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles: Introduction to the New Testament

We will study the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke as foundational witnesses to Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection by looking at their independence and interdependence.  The Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke are called the Synoptic Gospels because of their similarities.  The Gospel of John is not included in this description because his material does not appear to have been formulated by using Mark as his main source.   The term synoptic is derived from a combination of the Greek words συν (syn = together) and οψις (opsis = seeing)[1] to indicate that the contents of these three Gospels can be viewed side by side.

[1] (Heil & Verheyden, 2005)

BI530CE The Prophets

The prophets tell the story of God’s Chosen People.  As voices of God, they also held the actions of leaders and people up to scrutiny in light of God’s law and issued warnings about the consequences of disobedience.  The Major Prophets are emphasized, the course also will cover several of the Minor Prophets and the ”Former” Prophets.  Familiarity with the writings of the prophets in their historical context leads to a better understanding of the relationship between Old Testament prophets and New Testament texts and events.

BI510CE The Pentateuch and Historical Books: Introduction to the Old Testament

Beginning with an overview of the methodology used for the study of the Old Testament, the course introduces students to the content and structure of the five books of the Torah and their relationship to the other books of Scripture, both the Old and New Testaments. The approach taken to the material is the Documentary Hypothesis, as described and approved in Dei Verbum. Students are prepared to incorporate the Pentateuch into reflection, study, and preaching.