SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH MINI-COURSES
In order to encourage
Bible study groups to use Scripture from Scratch, we have created ten mini-courses
that suggest ways to organize sessions around a particular theme. This will enable groups
interested in a particular aspect of Scripture to draw on the work of some of the best
Scripture scholars writing today, in easily digested four-page articles.
can be used for a variety of purposes: adult education, Christian initiation (RCIA),
catechist formation or enrichment, post-RENEW groups, Bible study groups, Newman centers,
college curricula and departmental in-services for Catholic educational, medical or financial
institutions. Use the suggestions on the following pages or create your own groupings
according to your needs. Use the form included in the Sourcebook to order as many copies
as you need, or order
the Sourcebook from AmericanCatholic.org's online catalog.
outlines offered here are flexible. We have suggested issues of Scripture from Scratch for
four-, six-, or eight-week courses (five weeks during Lent). Adapt them as needed for
the time available to your group. Generally speaking, one issue of Scripture from
Scratch per session is a good guideline, although you may want to include supplemental
articles as take-home reading. Occasionally, two issues may be combined in a single session.
The main article
can be read prior to the session, or you may want to allow time for the participants
to read it at the beginning of your time together. This provides the core of the material
to be discussed, communicating in depth the message of each session. Encourage the group
to use reliable translations of the Bible and consult the Scripture references included
in each article. One of the goals of Scripture from Scratch is to enable people
to read the Bible with increasing confidence and understanding.
In addition to
the main article, each issue of Scripture from Scratch includes auxiliary material
specifically designed for group use: