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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.

Following an introduction to Catholic teaching about divine revelation and Bible, we jump right in and begin reading. We start with the creation story and Noah’s ark, and trace the history of salvation as it unfolds in the series of covenants that God makes with His chosen people - from Abraham and the twelve tribes of Israel to Moses and finally to King David. We see how this history reaches its climax and fulfillment in Jesus and the Church. The aim is to give you a solid outline and overview of the story that the Bible tells, from Genesis to Jesus.

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.  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 basic Catholic principles for reading Scripture.
  2. To learn about God’s covenants in the Bible, and to understand     their significance for reading and interpreting the Bible.
  3. To learn the broad outlines of the books of the Bible and to     understand their place in the story of salvation told in the Bible.

Course Materials
The primary text will be the Bible. And each lesson will provide links to biblical passages cited. In addition, the instructors recommend the following book, which covers much of the material to be studied in this course:

A Father Who Keeps His Promises:God’s Covenant Love in Scripture
by Dr. Scott Hahn,
Founder of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

 

Lessons

  • Lesson One: How a Catholic Starts to Read the Bible

    Lesson Objectives:

    1. To learn how to read the Bible the way the Catholic Church has always read it.

    2. To understand the concepts of “salvation history” and “covenant” and their importance for reading the Bible.

    3. To learn the key points of the creation story in the Bible’s first book, Genesis.

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  • Lesson Two: Creation, Fall and Promise

    Lesson Objectives:

    1. To read Genesis 1-3 with understanding.

    2. To learn God’s “original intent” in creating man and woman.

    3. To understand the sin of Adam and Eve and understand God’s promise of a New Adam and a New Eve.

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  • Lesson Three: East of Eden, Headed to Egypt

    Lesson Objectives:

    1. To read Genesis 3-50 with understanding.

    2. To understand God’s covenants with Noah and with Abraham and to see how these covenants look forward to, and are fulfilled in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

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

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  • Lesson Four: On the Way to the Promised Land

    Lesson 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.

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  • Lesson Five: To Kingdom Come

    Lesson 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.

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  • Lesson Six: Into the Kingdom of the Son

    Lesson 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.

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