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The purpose of this course is to provide a clear statement of the Catholic doctrine on the nature of biblical inspiration, by documenting this position with references to some significant documents of the Church, especially the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation “Dei Verbum.” The second aim of this course is to describe the evolution of the biblical canon. Finally the course will confront one of the most challenging issues in contemporary biblical study that is hermeneutics, or the interpretation of the Bible.
The Hebrew Bible is one of the world’s greatest pieces of literature and refers to the common portions of the Jewish and Christian biblical canon. Although many modern translations of the Hebrew Bible exist today, there are also many reasons to learn Hebrew, for example, to help the student understand the original author’s words and to enjoy the skill of the Bible’s Hebrew poets. The Biblical Hebrew 1course is designed to help the student acquire basic skills in reading biblical Hebrew through vocabulary building, the study of grammar and the reading of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible.
The course will help the students to understand the Bible message in accordance with the way in which it progressively unfolds, as God reveals more of himself and his purpose towards man. Both the diversity within the Biblical documents and their undergirding unity as the one revelation of God to man will be demonstrated during the course.
The course aims to introduce students of theology to the foundations, concepts and methods of Catholic moral theology so as to equip them to critically involve themselves in discussions of moral issues and to keep growing in their aspiration for truth and goodness in the warm light of the gospel.
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The goal of the course is to understand key issues in sexual and family morality. Starting with the Bible and examining the tradition as it confronted issues in sexuality we arrive at the present teaching of the Church and examine their implications for issues in the pastoral care of the young and families in society today.