Online Bible StudyPrint Article

Covenant Love: Introducing the Biblical Worldview

Course Description
“Covenant” is the master concept that unlocks the meaning of the Bible. The Bible tells the story of God the Father’s love for His children and His plan to fashion all people into one holy family. God unfolds this plan of salvation through a series of covenants, culminating in the New Covenant He makes in Jesus.

In this course, we look at God’s covenant plan. We study the five key covenants God makes in the Old Testament in order to see how they are fulfilled in Jesus and the Church. The goal is to enable students to understand the crucial significance of the covenant concept for interpreting the Bible and for understanding God’s fatherly plan.

Course Registration
Courses are free! But we do ask that you register. You will be prompted for your E-mail Address and directed to a page where you will be asked for your Name, E-mail Address, Address and Phone Number. This is for our informational purposes only. We will not lend or sell your contact information to anyone else. Thanks for your cooperation. Important Note: You only have to register once. Once you have registered you are registered for all the courses.  Please do not register with each course. Click here to register. A password is not needed and will not be given to you. Once you have registered return to this page or any of the other courses to begin studying.  The lessons are listed in the column to the right.

Course Objectives

  1. To learn the importance of God’s covenants for understanding and interpreting the Bible.
  2. To understand the difference between the biblical idea of “covenant” and modern notions of “contract.”
  3. To learn the five key covenants of the Old Testament, be able to locate them in the Bible, and understand how they are fulfilled in Jesus and the Catholic Church.

Course Materials

The primary text will be the Bible. And each lesson will provide links to biblical passages cited. In addition, the instructors recommend Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises, which covers much of the material to be studied in this course.



  • Lesson One: The Master Key that Unlocks the Bible

    Lesson One Objectives:

    1. To learn the "big-picture" overview of the Bible - the story that the Bible tells.

    2. To understand the concept of "covenant" and its importance for reading and interpreting the Bible.

    3. To learn in general detail the six major covenants in the Bible.


  • Lesson Two: From Sabbath to Flood

    Lesson Two Objectives:

    1. To read Genesis 1-12 with understanding.

    2. To learn the meaning of the first two covenants of salvation history - the Sabbath, and the covenant made with Noah.

    3. To begin to understand the "patterns" of biblical history.


  • Lesson Three: Our Father, Abraham

    Lesson Three Objectives:

    1. To read Genesis 12-50 with understanding.

    2. To understand God’s covenant with Abraham and to see how that covenant is fulfilled in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

    3. To appreciate key figures and elements in the Abraham story - Melchizedek, circumcision, the sacrifice of Isaac - as they are interpreted in the Church’s tradition.


  • Lesson Four: The First-Born Son of God

    Lesson Four Objectives:

    1. To read the Books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy with understanding.

    2. To understand God’s covenant with Israel at Sinai and to see how this covenant looks forward to and is fulfilled in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

    3. To appreciate the key figures and events - Moses, the Passover, and the vocation of Israel as “a kingdom of priests” - as they are interpreted in the Church’s tradition.


  • Lesson Five: A Throne For All Generations

    Lesson Five Objectives

    1. To finish reading the Old Testament (from Joshua to Malachi) and to read with understanding.

    2. To understand the broad outlines of the history of Israel in light of God’s covenant with Abraham.

    3. To appreciate the crucial importance of God’s everlasting covenant with David.


  • Lesson Six: The New and Everlasting Covenant

    Lesson 6 Objectives:

    1. To read the New Testament with understanding.

    2. To understand how the New Testament depicts Jesus as the fulfillment of the covenants of the Old Testament.

    3. To appreciate, especially,  the importance of God’s everlasting covenant with David for understanding the mission of Jesus and the Church as it is presented in the New Testament.


More Courses

  • Genesis to Jesus

    Course Description
    What is the Bible, where does it come from and what is its purpose? How are Catholics supposed to read the Bible and what story does it have to tell? These are the questions we take up in this “big picture” survey course.


  • The Lamb's Supper: The Bible and the Mass

    Course Description
    In this course we explore the intimate and inseparable relationship between the Bible and the Mass. Following an overview of the Eucharist in the New Testament, we look at the deep roots of the Mass in the biblical history of sacrifice - a history that culminates with the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist.


  • 'He Must Reign': The Kingdom of God in Scripture

    Course Description
    The drama in the Gospels turns on a single question: Is Jesus the long awaited Messiah, the son of David come to restore the everlasting monarchy promised to David? Underlying this drama are centuries of rival interpretations of the Jewish Scriptures and competing expectations of who the Messiah was to be, the signs that would accompany his coming, and the shape of the kingdom he would establish.

    We explore all these issues in this thematic survey course, which goes to the heart of what the New Testament has to say about the identity of Christ and the Church.


  • Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God

    Course Description
    The Mother of Jesus is mentioned only about a dozen times in the New Testament. So why is Mary so important to Catholic faith and devotion?

    As we’ll see in this in-depth study, Mary is a key gateway into salvation history. The Bible portrays Mary as the all-holy one who gave the Word flesh, the Mother of God, and the spiritual mother of all who live by faith in her Son.


  • Reading the Old Testament in the New: The Gospel of Matthew

    Course Description
    How did the New Testament writers read the Old Testament in light of the coming of Jesus Christ? This course offers an in-depth answer to that question, focusing on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew.