The Old Testament. Background for Teaching the Sacred Texts Strand of the New Religion Curriculum. Sacred Texts Strand Quiz. Choose the answer to the following statements which best aligns with Catholic Teaching about Sacred Scripture. Question One. How is God revealed in the Bible?
Background for Teaching the Sacred Texts Strand of the New Religion Curriculum
Choose the answer to the following statements which best aligns with Catholic Teaching about Sacred Scripture.
S1 The Bible tells of God’s self-revelation in the history of the Chosen People, culminating in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.
• The Abraham story tells how God chose to call and be faithful to special people. ccc 60
• The history of the Chosen People reveals what God is like. ccc 234
• Jesus Christ is the central person in the Bible for Christians. ccc 129
Which is True?
S4 The books of the Bible are of different literary genres. Each contributes to revealing God’s Word.
• The Bible includes such genres as historical narrative, legend, poetry, letters, legal code, proverbs and parables. ccc 110
• A consideration of literary genre is necessary to understanding the message of the Scriptures. ibc 8
• The Holy Spirit uses people’s everyday ways of communicating to reveal God’s teaching. dv 12
S6 The individual books of the Bible come from different eras and cultural contexts. They must be understood against this background.
• The culture of the Hebrew peoples developed with their history, e.g. the move from tribal to rural to urban life.
• Invasion by and contact with other peoples influenced the Jewish culture.
• The modern reader needs to have some awareness of the different ways of thinking represented in the Bible. ccc 110
• The chronology of the biblical writings differs from the order of books in the Bible.
S13 The Church teaches that the Holy Spirit guided the formation of the Sacred Scriptures. The Bible is the inspired Word of God.
• Inspiration is the action of the Holy Spirit moving the biblical authors to write only what God intended. ccc 105
• The sacred writers remained the true authors of the books, using their own faculties and powers. ccc 106
• Inerrancy refers to the truth of the Bible. The biblical texts “firmly, faithfully and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the sacred Scripture.” dv 11
• There are different types of truth: historical, factual, scientific, religious.
The intention of the author is important in determining the nature of the truth imparted. ccc 110
• The canon of Sacred Scripture was established gradually within the Church under guidance of the Holy Spirit. ccc 120
The Prophets recall Israel to fidelity to the Covenant.
Matthew presents Jesus as establishing the New Covenant.
• The Covenant is the unique relationship between God and the Chosen People, based on God’s gracious choice. ccc 62
• The Covenant is irrevocable. ccc 71
• When the people neglected the Covenant, God remained faithful by sending the prophets. ccc 64
• Jesus’ death and resurrection establishes a New Covenant, this one between God and those who become one with Christ. ccc 613
Which is the best answer?
Which is the best answer?
S14 Some knowledge of biblical criticism helps a better understanding of the Bible’s message.
• Scripture needs to be understood in its proper historical and cultural setting. ccc 110
• The spiritual sense of Scripture opens one to a deeper meaning of the text where some events are signs of another reality. ccc 117
S20 The teaching office of the Church has been entrusted with the task of providing authentic interpretation of God’s Word.
• Fundamentalism denies the authoritative role of the Church in interpreting Sacred Scripture. ibc IF
• The Biblical Commission offers expert guidance on the interpretation of the Bible in the Church.
• The science of biblical interpretation serves to open the Scriptures to a deeper understanding.
The concept of “ The Holy Bible” needs constant unpacking for students.
Four source hypothesis: JDEP
Each Biblical text type is the product of significant and multiple processes of:
The Gilgamesh Epic-
The Babylonian Flood Account
Across time, a variety of linguistic, philological and ideological approaches to translation have been used, including:
Scott Korb 2010