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Theology of Sacred Scripture : Understanding the Bible and It’s Message. Chapter 1: Preparing for the Journey. Homework. (due Weds., 9 /5) Print out “Text”, Chapter 1 Write out your 3 most important questions about the Bible Read & highlight pp. 14-17; RQs, p.17 (in notebook). Homework.

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Theology of sacred scripture understanding the bible and it s message

Theology of Sacred Scripture:Understanding the Bibleand It’s Message


Chapter 1 preparing for the journey

Chapter 1:Preparing for the Journey


Homework
Homework

(due Weds., 9 /5)

  • Print out “Text”, Chapter 1

  • Write out your 3 most important questions about the Bible

  • Read & highlight pp. 14-17; RQs, p.17 (in notebook)


Homework1
Homework

(due Fri., 9 /7)

  • Write out 3 arguments for and 3 against the existence of God; prepare to debate.

    (due Mon., 9/10)

  • Read/annotate article on existence of God, acc. to your opinions: http://www.existence-of-god.com/existence-of-god.html


Homework2
Homework

(due Weds., 9/12)

  • Final preps for “God” trial, acc. to your role

    (due Thurs., 9/13)

  • R&H (read and highlight) pp. 17-21; RQs p. 21


Homework3
Homework

(due Mon., 9/17)

  • R&H pp. 22-29; RQs pp. 26 & 29

    (due Weds., 9/19)

  • R&H article on LectioDivina

  • Choose 1 of the passages at end of article or from “Life and Faith Issues” (last page) and practice steps of lectiodivina; write your reflection in notebook.


Homework4
Homework

(due Thurs., 9/20)

  • Study for Test Review on:

    • Ch. 1 handout

    • PPt notes

    • Articles/handouts (God, LectioDivina)

      (due Mon., 9/24)

  • TEST on above (ACHTUNG! Ravens play Sunday night!!)


Bible defined
Bible Defined

  • All books of OT & NT approved by authority of Church

  • “Bible” = “the Books” ( tabiblia,in Gk.)

  • Bible= God’s Word revealed in human words


Testament
Testament”?

  • = pact, agreement, covenant

  • OT made thru Moses > Jews

  • NT “ “ Jesus > All Peoples


Canon of the bible
Canon of the Bible

  • Canon= official list of inspired books of the Bible

  • Canonicity= issue of how books are determined as canonical


Canon of the bible1
Canon of the Bible

  • When? 393 A.D. Council of Hippo (other Councils affirmed same)

  • Which?

    • OT= 46

    • NT= 27

    • Bible= 73


Canon of the bible2
Canon of the Bible

  • Who ?

    • Church authority, given by Christ, inspired by H.Sp.

  • Why?

    • Apostolic origin

    • Widespread acceptance

    • Conformity to the “rule of faith”


Deutero canonical books
Deutero-canonical books

  • Deutero-canonical Books = 7 Books accepted by Catholic Church…Why?

    • from Alexandrian Canon

    • The AC based on Septuagint, Greek OT

    • Jesus & apostles knew, read & accepted Septuagint.

  • These books not found in versions of Bible based on older Hebrew canon


Deutero canonical books1
Deutero-canonical books

  • Tobit

  • Judith

  • Wisdom

  • Sirach

  • Baruch

  • 1 Maccabees

  • 2 Maccabees

    (also parts of Esther & Daniel)


Coming to know god
Coming to Know God

“The desire for God is written in the human heart because man is created by God and for God.”

-CCC,27


We can know god through
We can know God through…

  • Human reason

    • Our discovery of God

  • Divine Revelation

    • God manifesting (showing) Himself to us


Proofs for god
Proofs for God?

  • “Proofs” =tests

    • Probare (Latin)= to test, probe

    • Evidence to be put to the test… of reason


1 cosmological argument
1. Cosmological Argument

  • God = “Unmoved Mover” or “First Cause” of everything

  • There must be a source from which all else exists


2 ontological argument
2. Ontological Argument

  • God = Ultimate Perfect Being

  • There must be “that than which nothing greater can be thought,” a.k.a. “God”


3 teleological argument
3. Teleological Argument

  • “Argument from design”

  • The universe has an order or design; there must be a designer, a.k.a. God


4 moral argument
4. Moral Argument

  • Morality exists objectively, ie. apart from our opinions

  • Where did we get this sense of right & wrong?

  • God = Creator of the Moral Law


We can know god through1
We can know God through…

  • Human reason

    • Our discovery of God

  • Divine Revelation

    • God manifesting (showing) Himself to us


Divine revelation
Divine Revelation

  • God is known by human reason, but…

  • God took first step/initiative in revealing Himself to man… so…

  • God makes Himself known and we are able to know Him


Divine rev why necessary
Divine Rev.: Why Necessary?

  • Need for God to show what reason can’t arrive at on its own (eg. Miracles)

  • Need for God to give certitude about things reason can arrive at (eg. that killing is wrong)


Divine rev what is it
Divine Rev.: What is it?

  • God communicates Himself to man, making known His plan

  • Story of it (in Scripture)= Salvation History

  • Fullness of it = Jesus Christ, God Himself revealed in the flesh


Magisterium interprets
Magisterium interprets…

  • Depositum Fidei (“Deposit of Faith”)= 2 places where God’s revelation (what He has done & said) is “deposited”:

    • Sacred Tradition (traditio= pass on)

    • Sacred Scripture (Bible)


The two senses of scripture
The two “senses” of Scripture

  • Literal sense:

    • Actual meaning of words

  • Spiritual sense:

    • Deeper meaning:

      • Allegorical

      • Moral

      • Anagogical


Biblical inspiration defined
Biblical Inspiration defined:

  • Principle Author= God (Holy Spirit)

  • H. Sp. guided human authors to write, in their own style, words, etc. the truth He was revealing to them

  • How?


Theories of inspiration
Theories of Inspiration

  • Divine Dictation Writer = robot

  • Negative Assistance Spirit = watchdog

  • Positive Assistance Spirit & writer =team


Extent of inspiration
Extent of Inspiration

  • Pope Leo XIII in P.D.: Bible in all its parts is inspired (not just “faith & morals”)

  • Whole Bible= Word of God… but…

  • Inspired truth not= literal truth


Inerrancy of scripture

Scientific errors?

Creation/evolution

Historical errors?

Dates

“Inerrancy” of Scripture

Since it is inspired, the Bible is free from error in matters of salvation, that is, our eternal relationship with God


Interpreting the bible
Interpreting the Bible

  • 3 Rules of Catholic interpretation:

  • Content & unity of whole Scripture

  • w/in living Tradition of Church

  • Attention to “analogy of faith,” ie. how truths of faith fit together as a whole

















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Interpreting the Bible

  • Critical reading:

    • Context of the text?

      • History

      • Culture

      • Language

      • Literary form/style

  • LectioDivina:

    • “sacred reading”

    • Deep, personal

    • “Praying the Scriptures”


Lectio divina
LectioDivina

  • Lectio(slow, attentive reading

  • Meditatio (thinking, reflecting on text

  • Oratio ( thoughts > conversation w/ God)

  • Contemplatio( words> silence… )

  • [Resolution: decide to act on your lectio]


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