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Holy Spirit College

Introduction to Sacred Scripture (THEO 510)

Purchase for $900


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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Faculty are permitted to refer to notable past work and achievements (including publications and educational activities not offered by Pontifex University, and even those offered for personal profit) in their published biography on the Pontifex website and course promotions. In the context of educational activities undertaken for Pontifex University, including videos, live or recorded, teachers, can recommend or bring to the attention such work for students (even if for personal profit, for example, books or podcasts) but only with approval by Pontifex University and when it is related to the teaching purpose of the class.  An instructor’s related work will be noted in the syllabus as appropriate.  Instructors may use their own materials as required in their courses and learning events as long as the materials are appropriate for the particular learning event.


Failure to comply with this policy will result in a warning or administration modification of course materials. Violations of this policy should be reported to the Provost.

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