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This course is designed to acquaint the beginnning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today. We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history. We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today's world.

Systemic study of prophecy of various types and different periods in ancient Israel with specific reference to key texts from the canonical prophets. Contemporary relevance of prophetic messages and function.

An historical and theological overview of the Christian understanding of church and ministry, with the Second Vatican Council as a primary point of reference. Topics include the foundations of ministry in the New Testament, the manifold expressions of ministry in the history of the Church, development of ecclesial structures, the papacy, the magisterium, the church as local and universal, the priesthood of the faithful, the origin and function and evolution of ordained and lay ministries, and ecumenical dialogue. Also important will be the exploration of a variety of contemporary issues related to the theology and practice of church and ministry from a Roman Catholic perspective.

An exploration of Christian origins based on the sources, cultural-geographical developments, and central institutions, with special focus on the mission, messianic expectations, Passover, Pentecost, and covenant.

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