Session 17–On Divine Revelation: Sacred Scripture and the Bible

HANDOUTS

17.1 – Structure of the Bible

17.2 – Formation of the Canon of Scripture

17.3 – Catholic And Protestant Bibles

17.4 – Why Do Protestants not Have 7 Books of the Old Testament

17.5 – Biblical Interpretation

17.6 – Relevant principles for dealing with Bible difficulties

17.7 – The Canon of the Bible

17.8 – The Bible Alone

17.9 – SESSION NOTES–Divine Revelation Sacred Scripture and The Bible

17.9.1 -SESSION NOTES – Revelation Chart

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

17.10 – Sacred Scripture

17.11 – Can the Bible be Taken Literally

MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES

OLV FP Session 17 The Bible

SPANISH OLV FP Session 17 The Bible (La Biblia)

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3 – The Bible: God’s Love Letter to Humanity

The 73 books of the Bible come together to tell one story: the story of God’s saving plan. Through the inspired Scriptures, we encounter the God who speaks to us as a Father lovingly speaks to his children.

SESSION QUESTIONS

When Jesus refers to the Scriptures in his prayer and teaching; what writings did he mean?

Our Lord used prayed and taught from the Jewish Scriptures, which is what we call the Old Testament.

What is the name of the Christian Scriptures?

The Holy Bible.

How is the Bible divided?

The Bible is divided into the Old Testament (or the Jewish/Hebrew Scripture), and the New Testament.

Which books of the New Testament are the oldest written record of the Christian Community?

The letters of Saint Paul are the oldest written records on Christianity.

Name the four evangelists?

The four evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

What is the oldest Gospel?

Scholars believe that the Gospel according to Mark is the oldest.

Is the Holy Bible a just a history book?

The Holy Bible is not meant to be just a history book. Although there is a great deal of history in the Holy Bible, it is primarily a witness to the faith of Jews and Christians in God’s love for us, and of the actions of God in human history. It tells the story of God’s love in many different ways, especially by poetry, song, narrative, letters, as well as historical accounts.

What do Catholics believe about the Holy Bible?

Catholics believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired word of God. The Holy Bible, as interpreted by the Magisterium of the Church, serves as the guide for Christian living.

Is the Bible just one book?

No. The Bible is a collection of books written over centuries by human authors under God’s inspiration

What do we call the Church’s office that teaches on matters of faith and morals?

The Magisterium.  Consisting of The Pope (the successor of St. Peter) and all the Bishops (the successors of the Apostles) in union with the Pope, the Magisterium is the highest teaching authority in the Catholic Church.