Scripture I: Old Testament

Course Number: 713; G Block 713g

Open To:
Grade 9

Course Length:
Semester; 5 Units

Required; Satisfies one semester of the Theology graduation requirement

Course Description:
This course is the first of two required scripture courses. It is an overview of the books and people of the Old Testament with an emphasis on the Torah, Prophets, and Writings. Students will develop knowledge and skills necessary for using the Catholic Study Bible, correctly identifying biblical genres and recognizing various types of religious truth. Focusing on the Old Testament, students will explore the ‘prophetic tradition,” the covenant journey of the Israelites, and gain the understanding of God as a God of infinite love and mercy. What God requires of us is “to do justice and love goodness, and walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Smith-Christopher, Daniel L. The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria, 2013. Print. ISBN:  1594713014
  • Anselm Academic Study Bible: New American Bible, Catholic Edition. ISBN: 9781599821245
  • *Students need to have a print copy of the Bible.

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes