While reading the material for Biblical Basics about the Gospels, begin answering the following
questions. Please bring your answers to class.
(1) What part of the Bible are we in?
(2) The books in the Bible that tell the story of Jesus are
Bibliographical Information for Secondary Literature
Batto, Bernard F., Slaying the Dragon: Mythmaking in the Biblical Tradition (Louisville, KY:
Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992).
Boadt, Lawrence, Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction (Mahwah, NJ:
1. What does Habel mean by (biblical) ideology? And how does he distinguish this concept
from biblical theology?
2. 1 Samuel is part of the Deuteronomistic History. Identify one passage that you think indicates
Deuteronomistic composition of the text, and
Final Group Project: Class Canon
Guiding Questions for Reading and Discussion
Would you argue that this text should or should not be included in the canon?
If you think it should be included in the canon:
o What aspect of the text do you find compelling a
Questions for Consideration
Note: If you are not Catholic or not Christian or have a non-European Christian heritage, please excuse
the non-inclusive or overly-inclusive language. I have avoided making these qualifications in this text for
the sake of man
Visions of Community in the New Testament
This is the hour of the poor, of the millions of poor throughout the earth. This is the hour of
the mystery of the Mother Church of the Poor, this is the hour of the mystery of Christ above
all in the poor. Cardin
Aquinas, The Heavenly Stars Gospel Singers,
and the Anonymous Andean Shepherd: Further Reflections
We concluded the first session of class by looking at (and listening to) different ways in which people
have talked a
Introduction to the l lebrew Bible and the Primeval Period
READING: lICSB xiii-xix, xxxi-xxxiii; (ienesis lll (HCSB 3-20)
READING: Genesis l2-50 (l ICSB 20-82)
The Egyptian and Wilderness Periods in Israelite History and Tradition
1. (Jan 13) Introduction/ Theology
a. Syllabus Distribution and Discussion of Course Requirements
2. (Jan 15) The Bible
a. How Catholics think about the Bible:
Daniel J. Harrington, Scripture as Tradition, Script