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This course introduces students to the Sacred Scriptures of the Christian faith, their academic study and their interpretation. The various books of the Old and New Testaments of the Catholic Bible are introduced in relation to their historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds, with timely references to geographical and archaeological data. Concurrently, students are introduced to the concepts of biblical inspiration, biblical inerrancy, and the formation of the Canon.

This course also includes a seminar that explores the question of the interpretation of Sacred Scriptures with the Mind of the Church, during which key Church documents will be analyzed while some major contributions from the world of academia to the field of biblical interpretation will be considered. The aim is to equip students with a range of exegetical tools and building blocks that will be necessary in subsequent scripture courses in their chosen program, and indeed in their various ministries as exegetes of Sacred Scriptures.

FND 230/FtH402 Christianity & World Religions

This course will hold together the intimate relationship between spiritual discipline and dogma central to the religious traditions under consideration.  Key aspects of Jewish tradition and practice that inform Christianity and Islam will be discussed. We will then focus on the Eastern tradition of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. As well as introducing each of these traditions we will do a carful reading of a primary text associated with the understanding of the spiritual life in each tradition. We will also study Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council promulgated on 28 October 1965 by Pope Paul VI and recent relations and teachings of the Church on Judaism, Eastern Christian Churches, Islam, and Buddhism. Throughout the course fruitful ways of engaging those of other faiths will be discussed. 

This course considers the epistolary literature of the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul. A brief survey of the Apostle’s life and gospel gives way to a close reading of the Pauline letters. All Pauline letters (genuine and so called Deutero-Pauline) will be read and their major theological themes introduced. Students will in particular consider central Pauline themes (Christology, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, etc.) as expounded in the First Letter to the Corinthians and the Letter to the Romans. The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand (pseudonymity, Paul’s attitude to the Law, etc.).