This class can be taken in-person only. There is no online section.
Dates: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, September 9 - November 11
Location: 3901 Normal Blvd, Suite 101, Lincoln, NE
The second of two Foundations in Biblical Study courses, this study will build on the concepts developed in Part I: Introduction to the Bible, and will press further into questions of biblical interpretation. It will move from theory to practice, from guiding principles to their application in the actual task of discerning the meaning and message of biblical texts. If the previous course provided the groundwork for reading, studying, praying, living, and proclaiming the Sacred Scriptures, this course aims to equip us with the tools for doing exactly that.
Adopting the analogy of a construction project, each of the four parts to this course will address a topic related to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Part One, Approaching the Interpretive Task, will focus on defining the task, clearing the work site, and identifying the workers. Part Two, Knowing the Building Code, will define the principles of hermeneutics and interpretive criteria. Part Three, Developing a Plan, will sketch a construction model for the interpretive task. Finally, Part Four, Attacking the Project, will offer a guided apprenticeship through various parts of Scripture by implementing the plan in selected passages.
This is a learn-how-to-do-it course for those who wish to grow in their ability to study Scripture as faithful Catholics.