HEBREW SCRIPTURES MINI-COURSE
Objective: To encourage in Catholic Christians a
greater awareness of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament).
The Hebrew Scriptures, commonly known to Christians as
the Old Testament, were the basis for Jesus' religious formation.
These books possess great value in themselves as the foundations
of Christian faith, providing guidance for our own lives
and a better understanding of the Christian Scriptures (New
A four-week course would include:
Creation: A Work in Progress By Virginia Smith.
This article shows readers how the first creation account in Genesis
illuminates the ongoing wonder of God's creation. Smith explains
the creation accounts in Genesis, the cosmological worldview of
the early Israelites and the impact of contemporary science on our
understanding of God's creation.
David: Israel's Poet King By Alfred McBride,
This issue tells the epic story of David, a shepherd who
became a king, a brave and crafty military leader who killed
Goliath, a poet and musician who is associated with some
of the psalms. He was also a sinner who was humble enough
to admit his fall and repent. Jesus' lineage is traced to
When the Prophets Roared for Justice By Virginia
Biblical prophets speak for God, and one of the subjects on which
they had a great deal to say was social justice...how the People
of God are called to treat others. Many Judeo-Christian ethical
and moral stances find their origins in prophetic teaching. Practical
applications for today may be found within these foundational principles.
'In Praise of Wisdom': The Wisdom Writings in the Bible
By Margaret Nutting Ralph. N0398
What is wisdom literature (also known as The Writings)? How was
it used in the eastern Mediterranean world? Ralph explores its form,
its history and its use in such books as Job, Proverbs, Sirach,
Ecclesiastes and Wisdom.
For a six-week course, add:
Abraham: God's Chosen Person By Virginia Smith.
With the patriarch Abraham, the process of God's revelation
to humanity begins. God enters human history in a new, profound,
immediate way. Why was this one man chosen from all the
persons on the face of the earth to begin God's plan for
salvation? This issue of Scripture from Scratch explores
the story of Abraham as recorded in the Book of Genesis.
Exodus and Exile: Shaping God's People By Virginia
This article explores the two pivotal Old Testament events
that shaped the experience of Israel as God's chosen people.
The experience of Exodus created the core of Hebraic ethical
and moral law and brought the people of Israel into a new
understanding of the nature of their God and their relationship
with that God. The Exile marks the anguished end of their
autonomy as the defeated Israelites are banished from their
land and marched off to faraway Babylon.
For an eight-week course, add:
You'll Never Believe What Happened in the Garden: A
Look at Genesis 2 By Dianne Bergant, C.S.A. N1097
The characters and events in the second creation storyAdam
formed from the earth's mud, Eve created from Adam's rib, the serpent
and temptation, the tree of life, the angel with the fiery swordare
part of our everyday language. This issue of Scripture from Scratch
helps us understand the historical and cultural underpinnings of
the creation myth and the theological meaning of the story.
The Wow and the Woe of the Psalms By Daniel Durken,
In the Hebrew/Christian tradition, there is one prayer book that
stands above all others. This prayer book, authored by the Spirit
in conjunction with any number of human writers, has been around
for well over 2,000 years: the Book of Psalms. This issue offers
some simple clues and cues for understanding, appreciating and using
the psalms, the most traditional prayer book of the Church.