Living Word: An Introduction to Holy Scripture
“The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.”
ABOUT THE COURSE
The course will take a comprehensive look at the structure and contents of the Bible, i.e., both the Old and the New Testaments, their historical background and the centuries-old tradition of Biblical interpretation (aka ‘exegesis’).
Each term offers a unique focus, beginning with the Old Testament where we unravel its historical background, immerse ourselves in the profound teachings of the Pentateuch, explore the mission and message of the Prophets, and delve into the timeless insights within Wisdom Literature.
Transitioning to the second term, the course will introduce participants to the freshness of the New Testament, giving insights into its historical background, immersing ourselves in the narratives of the Gospels, exploring the depth of wisdom in the Letters, and unlocking the mysteries of the Apocalypse.
The final term is a captivating exploration of over two millennia of Biblical Interpretation, spanning both Jewish and Christian traditions. Discover the depth and breadth of interpretation that has shaped understanding, drawing wisdom from the diverse perspectives that enrich our understanding of these sacred texts.
Experience the joy of learning as we unveil the Scriptures, recognizing them as a divine gift and an unparalleled guide for daily living. These teachings serve as a wellspring of inspiration, illuminating our lives with timeless wisdom and guiding principles. Join us as we embrace the Scriptures not just as ancient texts but as a source of profound joy and a guiding light for our journey through life. As the Psalmist says, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.”
Aims of the Course
- Introduce to Holy Scripture those who wish to familiarise themselves with the Bible
- Cover both the Old and New Testaments and contextualising their composition and the riches of their historical inspiration.
- Ignite your passion for the profound teachings of the Bible
- Communicate the joy of the Scriptures
- Present the Scriptures as not just ancient texts to be studied but as guiding light for our journey through life
- Solid familiarity with the structure and main themes of both the Old and New Testaments.
- Well-grounded understanding of their historical background.
- A sound perception of Biblical interpretation (exegesis) and its role in the Catholic Tradition
- A renewed appreciation of the Scriptures as the Living Word of God
Mr Cyril Chilson
Cyril studied Byzantine Studies, Classics and History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Oxford. He is currently completing a doctoral thesis at the University of Lodz on Sozomen of Bethelia, a Byzantine Palestinian-born fifth-century ecclesiastical historian.
Cyril’s research interests include ecclesiastical historiography in late antiquity, Patristic Biblical exegesis, dogmatic theology, Christian mysticism and modern theological appeal to Patristic authority.
Course Dates & Curriculum
|Term I: The Old Testament
|Wed 16 Oct
|Introduction to the Old Testament
|Wed 23 Oct
|The Historical background
|Wed 30 Oct
|Wed 6 Nov
|The Prophets I
|Wed 13 Nov
|The Prophets II
|Wed 20 Nov
|The Books of Wisdom
|Term II: The New Testament
|Wed 22 Jan
|Introduction to the New Testament
|Wed 29 Jan
|The Historical Background
|Wed 5 Feb
|The Gospels I
|Wed 12 Feb
|The Gospels II
|Wed 19 Feb
|Wed 26 Feb
|Term III: More than Two Millenia of Biblical Interpretation
|Wed 30 Apr
|Jewish Biblical Interpretation
|Wed 7 May
|The Church Fathers I
|Wed 14 May
|The Church Fathers II
|Wed 21 May
|Medieval Biblical Interpretation I
|Wed 28 May
|Medieval Biblical Interpretation II
|Wed 4 Jun
|Modern Catholic Biblical Theology
Registration and Next Steps
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