Fr. Nathanael Polinski - O.S.B.

Praying Sacred Scripture (IMSD-630)

This course will address the ancient practice of praying with Sacred Scripture, traditionally known as Lectio Divina or “Sacred Reading.” It will provide an overview of the canon of Sacred Scripture and some important considerations for understanding biblical texts such as the literary genre, literary and historical contexts, and the benefit of accessing the meaning of particular terms in the original languages. We will cover fundamental aspects of the Church’s teaching on Sacred Scripture and its interpretation. The majority of the course will focus on methodologies for and the practice of praying Sacred Scripture. Evaluation will consist of short written assignments, an exam, and a final paper.

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Synoptic Gospels (IMTH-730)

This course addresses the historical-cultural background, content, and theology associated with each of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). It considers the relationships of these Gospel accounts to one another and aspects of the literary and historical contexts that provide insight into the intended meaning of the evangelists for particular passages as well as the overall structure and content of each of their accounts of the Gospel. The course explains basic principles and considerations for performing Catholic biblical interpretation (exegesis) and requires limited exegeses of specified passages over the course of the term as well as an exegetical paper on a selected passage. Concurrently, it examines the doctrinal import of the respective texts.

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Scripture and Liturgy (IMTH-735)

Topics include:

– Exploring the innate and mutually illuminative relationship between Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy and the unity between the Bible, the Liturgy, and life.
– Studying the relationship between passages in the Old Testament and the New Testament to gain insight into the New Testament concealed in the Old Testament and the Old Testament fulfilled in the New – Testament and of the ongoing fulfilment of Scripture in the liturgy in which the whole mystery of Christ is present.
– Examining fundamental aspects of first-century Judaism, including Scripture, the Temple, sacrifice, major Jewish feasts, and liturgical and ethical worship.
– Aside from extensive recourse to Sacred Scripture, the course will utilize the Ordinary of the Mass, the earliest witnesses on the Liturgy, the arrangement of Sunday Lectionary, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacrosanctum Concilium.

Note: All are welcome to take it for credit or to audit.

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