Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired a basis of knowledge concerning the Bible and its interpretation which will be necessary for the further study of sacred Scripture and of all theology. This objective will be met by means of the following learning activities: 1. Attendance at all lessons; 2. Personal reading and analysis of selected texts from the Bible and from the magisterium; 3. Group work: reading and analysis of texts, discussion of questions, etc. 4. Expositions by the professor, with the active participation of the students; 5. Guided reading of various texts (responding to questions provided by the professor) as homework.
I. Inspiration: A. Vatican II, Dei Verbum 11-26; B. Catechism of the Catholic Church#101-141. II. Canon: A. The books considered divinely inspired and normative for Catholic Christians; B. Jewish, Protestant and Orthodox canons; C. The historical process by which the text has come to us; D. Important extra-biblical texts. III. Hermeneutics: A. Pontifical Biblical Commission, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church; B. Exercises and examples using the biblical text.
Textbooks: The complete Bible, translated in English; SOULEN R.N.-KENDALL SOULEN R. Handbook of Biblical Criticism (Louisville, Westminster John Knox 2001). Catechism of the Catholic Church (Vatican City, LEV 1994); Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), in Vatican Council II; The Basic Sixteen Documents. Constitutions, Decrees, Declarations. A Completely Revised Translation in Inclusive Language, Ed. Austin Flannery (New York, Costello 1996); FREEDMAN D.N. ed., The Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 vols. (New York, Doubleday 1992). PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL COMMISSION, The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (Vatican City, LEV 1993).