Catholic Diocese of Dallas

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612 Introduction to Scripture


612. Introduction to Scripture

Core Scripture Course / 10 hours

Participants in this course will obtain an overview of the Bible. It is a great place to start a more in depth Bible study program. This course will provide the participants with the basic concepts they need to begin the journey of navigating into the world of the scriptures. This course covers topics such as how the Bible came about, what were some of the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writing of the Old and New Testaments, and which Church Documents tell us about the Bible.


At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the process of Bible composition and authorship
  • Understand the meaning of Scripture’s oral and written tradition
  • Describe the meaning of covenantal love
  • Identify the Bible’s literary forms
  • Identify the books of the Old and New Testaments
  • Identify the “Synoptic Gospels”
  • Explain the uniqueness of John’s Gospel
  • Understand how to read and how not to read the Bible
  • Be familiar with the Church Documents related to the study of Scriptures

This is an online class facilitated by an instructor from Jan. 15 to 28, 2017.  Participants will have two weeks to progressively complete the readings, watch the videos, answer the instructor's questions on the discussion board, post two replies to peers' comments, and complete any supplementary assignments. It is expected that participants will dedicate at least 10 hours to complete this course.  Time may vary depending on the individual's pace.