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Holy Spirit College

Introduction to Sacred Scripture (THEO 510)


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January 11 – May 10, Mondays 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST, taught by Fr. Paul A. Burke, JCL via Zoom

The Vatican II document Dei Verbum states that the study of Sacred Scripture “ought to be the very soul of sacred theology” (Ch. 6, Sect. 24). This course familiarizes students with the organization and general narrative content of both the Old and New Testaments. Consideration will also be given to theological issues such as biblical authorship, inspiration, inerrancy, and canonicity. The course also introduces students to various methods of biblical interpretation, emphasizing the multiple senses of Scripture which are affirmed in Patristic and medieval exegesis, as well as the development of the historical critical method in modern biblical scholarship. Documents of the Magisterium concerning biblical interpretation will be examined. Finally, the course will address such topics as literary genres, textual criticism, and the various editions and translations of the Bible. (3 credit hours)

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