Continuous Assessment 40% Major Essay (5000 words) 60%
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.
- 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.
- — 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: https://doi.org/10.31046/tl.v7i1.327
- — 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).