“A verse-by-verse study through the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation!

 It takes approximately 7-8 years to study through the entire Bible, verse-by-verse! Our class meets for three academic quarters each year: fall, winter and spring. Each quarter consists of ten weeks. Each week consists of two 50-minute lessons with a 15-minute break in between.

 I have written an in-depth syllabus for each book of the Bible we will study. You can download the Genesis syllabus at my web site: logosbiblestudy.com/syllabus.

 The primary text for our class is: The Catholic Study Bible, revised edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. The supplemental text for the Old Testament is: Lawrence Boadt. Reading the Old Testament, an Introduction, 2nd edition. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.

 For Roman Catholics I also recommend as a reference work: Catechism of the Catholic Church. New York: Doubleday, 1995. The supplemental reading for the New Testament is: Luke Timothy Johnson. The Writings of the New Testament, 3rd edition. Minneaopolis: Fortress Press, 1995.

 I will record our lessons each week, and by Friday of the same week the lessons will be on my web site: logosbiblestudy.com/audio.

 I also write a weekly blog that addresses a variety of biblical topics: billcreasy.com.

 We will study all 73 books of the larger “Septuagint” canon of Scripture, the canon accepted by the Roman Catholic Church as inspired by God.  Our method will be to alternate back and forth between the Old and New Testaments: Genesis, Matthew, Exodus/Leviticus, Mark . . .

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Gracious Father, We thank you for bringing us here today To read and to study your Word. Please open our minds and hearts to what you have to say That in better understanding you We may come to love you more deeply. God our Father, You sent your Son into the world to be its true light. Pour out the Holy Spirit you promised us, To sow truth in our hearts And awaken in us obedience to the faith. May we all be born again to new life And enter the fellowship of your one holy people. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God for ever and ever. Amen.

The word “Bible” in Greek is “ta biblia”, meaning “the books,” an anthology of many individual works, not the product of a single person. The Christian Bible consists of 73 individual books, numbering roughly 2,000 pages of text, written over a period of 1.500 years—from around 1,400 B.C. through 100 A.D.—by at lease 45 different authors, each book passing through the hands of editors and redactors, and each book having its own more or less complex textual history.

The Bible was written a long time ago in a culture very different from our own.
Yet, the Bible is the best selling book in history, averaging over 30 million copies each year and selling more than 150 billion copies since Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press in A.D. 1453.

Nevertheless, few people have actually read the Bible, cover to cover. Even fewer have studied it verse-by-verse.

Our Mission:
To study the Bible systematically, verse-by-verse, Genesis through Revelation.

Our Goals:
 To

create “educated readers” of Scripture, fully equipped to engage the text in its full historical, cultural and literary context and to reflect accurately the teaching and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.  To bring students into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ.

 The Christian canon of Scripture was not defined until the 4th-century A.D.
Council of Hippo, A.D. 393 Council of Carthage, A.D. 397  Pope Innocent I, A.D. 405  Latin Vulgate, 5th century A.D

 Early Christian biblical scholars:

 Marcion of Pontus (c. A.D. 85-160)  Justin Martyr (c. A.D. 100-165)  Irenaeus of Lyons (2nd cent.- A.D. 202)  Origen of Alexandria (c. A.D. 185-253)  Jerome (c. A.D. 340-420)

 Medieval biblical scholarship:

 Glossa Ordinaria (12th century)
 Patristic commentary on entire Bible

 Stephen Langton (d. 1228)
 Divided Bible into chapters

 Thomas Galus (d. 1246)
Divided chapters into verses

 Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

 Modern biblical scholarship (post Vatican II):

 Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation—Dei
Verbum (1965)  Stresses importance of Scripture and Tradition in the life of
the Church.

 “Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” (1993)
 Discusses interpretive approaches to Scripture

Many Ways to approach Scripture:
Historical-critical method (foundational) Textual criticism Literary criticism Historical criticism Source criticism Form criticism Redaction criticism

In our class we will take a literary approach to Scripture, an approach that is based on four foundational principles.

Principle #1: The Bible is rooted in geography.

Principle #2: The Bible is emerges from history.

Principle #3: The Bible—in its final, finished form—is a unified literary work.

Principle #4: The Bible is the Word of God.

The World of the Bible Is:
Patriarchal Monarchical Polytheistic Slaveholding

1. What is your motivation for taking this class? 2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your current knowledge of the Bible? 3. What do you expect to learn by taking this class? 4. Have you taken any other Scripture classes? 5. When I say the phrase “Bible class,” what word or image springs to mind?

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