Catholic Bible Study
Instructor Deacon Jake Runyon Phone 574-289-5539
Office St. Matthew’s Rectory E-mail Jacobrunyon@gmail.com
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., How do Catholics Read the Bible?, New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc, 2005.
This Catholic Bible study will examine not only books and texts from the Bible, but will also discuss the Bible itself. Many people are interested in reading the Bible; however, the Bible is a unique book. It cannot be read like any other book we can buy at Borders. Rather, certain historical and introductory material needs be mastered before a person can understand the Bible at a more profound level. This course will help those interested read and understand the Bible.
The first semester will contain two units: introduction to the Bible, and the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The second semester will also contain two units: the birth and death of Jesus, and the resurrection of Jesus. Those who are only interested in one unit can feel free to attend one or all units.
Discuss the principles of Catholic exegesis.
Conduct a Study of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Using a synoptic analysis, we will examine the infancy, passion, and resurrection narratives.
There will be some reading between classes. However, class attendance is the most that is required.
Below you will find the course schedule for the first half of the course. It is hoped that the required reading will be read on the day listed. For example, please read Harrington 17-31 before class on October 13, as it will be discussed during that class.
Week Topic Required Reading
October 6 Spirituality of Bible Study None
The development of the Bible
Harrington p. 17-31
October 20 The documents of the Church
Harrington p. 1-16, 33-47
(Also, reading Dei Verbum from the Second Vatican Council would be quite helpful here.)
October 27 No Class No Class
November 3 The process of exegesis
Harrington 49-64, 95-111, and “Process of Exegesis” (handout).
November 10 No Class No Class
November 17 Exegesis of John 4 John chapter 4 and handout from The Revelatory Text.
November 24 Introduction to Isaiah Harrington 65-80, Isaiah chapters 1-20.
December 1 No meeting Parish Mission
December 8 First Isaiah Isaiah chapters 21-39
December 15 Second and Third Isaiah Isaiah chapters 40-66
December 22 Alternate Views on Isaiah Materials will be provided by Instructor.