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THE 523 Biblical Interpretation: Actualizing the Bible in Today’s Church and World

This course is an investigation into the spectrum of Christian understandings of how to interpret the Bible and of the nature of biblical authority. Participants explore the renaissance in Catholic biblical scholarship that officially began in 1943 in order to develop skills in providing "easy access to the sacred Scriptures for all the faithful" [Vatican II, Dei Verbum]. Also studied is how to interrelate the two Testaments of the Christian Bible so as to bring out the distinctiveness of their "inexhaustible content and the mystery of which [each] is full" [Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, Notes on the Correct Way to Present Jews and Judaism in Preaching and Catechesis in the Roman Catholic Church (1985)].