PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed

Module Level


Time Allowance

Semester 2. 10 x 2-hour seminars


Continuous Assessment 40% Major Essay (5000 words) 60%

Module Aims

This module explores the diverse roles that the Bible performs as sacred scripture across a number of Christian traditions in personal, communal and liturgical contexts; and the underlying theological and anthropological commitments. It immerses the participants in the discipline of lectio divina. Particular attention is paid to the dynamics of transformative engagement with biblical texts.

Indicative Syllabus

  • The Bible as the Church’s book: canon and canonicity; scripture and tradition; the reciprocal relationship between Scripture and community
  • The Lectionary: different lectionaries; structure; relationship between Word and lection in Catholic and Protestant traditions
  • Liturgy of the Word: dialogic structure; its place in the celebration of the paschal mystery.
  • Lectio divina: tradition, theory and practice
  • The role of faith in biblical interpretation: the role of the reader; Scripture as sacrament
  • The interpretation of the bible in the life of the Church: actualisation and inculturation
  • The mechanics of reading for transformation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate a theological understanding of Scripture that supports transformative reading strategies.
  • Reflect theologically on personal experience of the various elements of lectio divina.
  • DIfferentiate the underlying principles which inform the use of scripture in different ecclesiological traditions.


  • Enzo Bianchi. Lectio Divina. London: SPCK, 2015.
  • Normand Bonneau, Preparing the Table of the Word. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Normand Bonneau. The Sunday Lectionary: Ritual Word, Paschal Shape. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.
  • Michael Casey OCSO. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. Ligouri, MS: Triumph Books, 1996.
  • John P. Burgess, “Scripture as Sacramental Word. Rediscovering Scripture’s Compelling Power,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 52/4 (1998): 380-391.
  • Kenneth Hagen, editor. The Bible in the Churches: How Various Christians Interpret the Scriptures. Third Edition. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1998.
  • Gordon Lathrop. “Sources: the Four Gospels and Liturgical Reform,” Studia Liturgica 44 (2014):1-12.
  • Carlo Maria Martini.”The School of the Word,” Worship 61/3 (May 1987): 194-198.
  • Sandra M. Schneiders, The Revelatory Text. Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture. Second Edition. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Raymond James Studzinski, “Bible Reading Revisited: The Librarian’s Guide to Lectio Divina and Formative Styles of Reading,” Theological Librarianship 7/1 (2014). DOI:
  • Fritz West, Scripture and Memory. The Ecumenical Hermeneutic of the Three-Year Lectionaries. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Gerald O. West. The Academy of the Poor. Towards a Dialogical Reading of the Bible. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.
  • Walter Wink, The Bible in Human Transformation: Toward a New Paradigm in Biblical Studies (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1973).


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