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Bible Study


Scripture from Scratch-Unit 1, Sessions 1 and 2 (ADULT)
Session 1, "The Bible: Where Did We Get It and How Do We Use It?", opens the program by defining what a Bible is. This talk establishes that the Bible did not fall fully formed, leather-bound and gilt-edged from heaven into the waiting laps of the faithful. Here, the Bible is seen as emerging from the Church. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 1. Session 2, "The Old Testament: What Is It and Who Needs It?", points out the prominent place the Hebrew Scriptures have in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) and how often citations from the Old Testament are found on the tongues of New Testament notables. Christianity cannot be understood without knowing its Jewish roots. Jesus himself cannot be understood knowing his Jewish roots. Virginia Smith presents Session 2. Total of 16 sessions.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 1, Sessions 3 and 4 (ADULT)
Session 3, "The New Testament: When Was It Written and Why?", shows how this section of the Bible came into being over half a century or so and flowed from many writers whose audiences were as diverse as themselves. This presentation also demonstrates that the works which now make up the New Testament were chosen as inpired from many contemporary writings by the Fathers of the Church. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 3. Session 4, "Studying Scripture: What's the Catholic Approach?", wraps up the overview of the Bible with a discussion of the two umbrella approaches to the study of the Bible most in use today: the historical-critical and the fundamentalist. This presentation tries to present the very positive side of Catholic biblical study and why its challenge makes Bible study so thrilling. Virginia Smith presents Session 4.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 2, Sessions 1 and 2 (ADULT)
Session 1, "Will the Real Adam and Eve Please Stand Up?", discusses whether God can speak to us through myths and legends as easity as through histories and prophecies. This talk also introduces ways in which the early traditions eventually came together to form the books we know today and shows why Catholicism and a number of other Christiann traditions do not take a fundamentalist stance. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 1. Session 2, "Tribes and Territories/Kings and Conquests," whizzes quickly through the mountaintop events of Israelite history, explaining the difference between histories which provide events, names, dates, and places in neat chronological order and historical accounts which often provide none of these. The events described in the Bible's historical books are essential for understanding later happenings up to and including those in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament). Virginia Smith presents Session 2.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 2, Sessions 3 and 4 (ADULT)
Session 3, "A Profitable Look at the Prophets," traces the history of prophecy in Israel. It also distinguishes cult prophecy from those individuals who experienced a personal call to what could be a most unrewarding vocation, major from minor prophets, writing prophets from those who left nary a written word. It shows Jesus as the fulfillment of all prophecy and the prophetic role he himself played. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 3. Session 4, "'Psalm' of the Writings," introduces the audience to those remaing books of the Hebrew Scriptures which are a varied assortment of literary forms and writing styles. Much of this presentation is devoted to the beauty of the psalms. Virginia Smith presents Session 4.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 3, Sessions 1 and 2 (ADULT)
Session 1, "The Appeal of Paul," looks at Paul the man and Paul the writer, at those letters which were actually composed by Paul and those which porbably were not. In the process a truly appealing man is uncovered. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 1. Session 2, "'Take a Letter'", focuses on the other letters of the Christian Scriptures. These epistles are not addressed to a specific individual or community but meant for the Church in general. These documents may well pseak to us today in a uniquely personal way. Virginia Smith presents Session 2.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 3, Sessions 3 and 4 (ADULT)
Session 3: "Luke Gets in the Act," focuses on how deprived we would be without the Acts of the Apostles. There is nothing else like it in the New Testament, and its significance is substantial. If not for Acts, we would possess no organized account of the origins of the Church. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 3. Session 4: "A Real Revelation," rediscovers the original symbolism and meaning of apolalyptic literature, a literary form no longer in use. This literary form enjoyed great popularity in the eastern Mediterranean world from about 200 years before Jesus until about 200 years after him. Modern Christians can learn much from this book. Virginia Smith presents Session 4.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 4, Sessions 1 and 2 (ADULT)
Session 1, "Mark: The Remarkable Disciple," deals with the question of authorship, the approximate time the book was written and for whom. It also investigates why Mark wrote and what surfaces from his writing. Virginia Smith presents Session 1. Session 2, "Matthew: The Mature Jew," answers the questions who, what, when, where, why, and how. It also probes into the sources this Gospel writer used. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 2.

Scripture from Scratch-Unit 4, Sessions 3 and 4 (ADULT)
Session 3: "Luke: The Gentle Gentile," deals with the only Gospel writer to compose a sequel. Acts of the Apostles takes up where Luke's Gospel ends, and in many ways, the second work parallels the first, a writing technique Luke is fond of using. The same questions are asked regarding Luke as were put to the other Gospels, but the answers are not at all the same. Elizabeth McNamer presents Session 3. Session 4: "Dear John," explores the originality of this Gospel. The answers to the customary questions are unprecedented. This presentation reveals an altogether new glimpse into the person and mission of the Christ. Virginia Smith presents Session 4.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 1. Introducing the "Good News" according to Mark. PART 1 - The Living Gospels: What Is the Gospel Truth? Turning our Clocks Back; Synoptics - With the Same Eye. PART 2 - Mark's Good News: The "Lone Ranger' Gospel; A Geography Lesson; The Human Face of Jesus.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 1 (ADULT)
This is the first in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of two segments entitled: God's Broken Silence and Collecting a Divine Library.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 2 (ADULT)
This is the second in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of two segments entitled: At Home in the Bible World and Tool of History.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 3 (ADULT)
This is the third in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of two segments entitled: Tools of Literature & Editing and Art of Interpretation.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 4 (ADULT)
This is the fourth in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of one segment entitled: Apocalyptic Writings: Dreams and Symbols.

DeSales: Basic Tools For Bible Study--Video 5 (ADULT)
This is the fifth in a series of five videos. This series is for any Catholic adult who is interested in acquiring the fundamental skills for studying and praying the Bible. In eight fascinating sessions, participants will be introduced to the intriguing people, lands, and message of the Bible. This video consists of one segment entitled: The Bible is My Living Word.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 2 (ADULT)
This is the second in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 2: Learning the Secrets of the Messiah and His Kingdom (The Heart of Mark's Good News). PART 1 - Promises and Dreams; Conflict and Freedom; Riddles and Seeds. PART 2 - The Bread Miracles; Blindness and the Cross; The Central Clue.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 3 (ADULT)
This is the third in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 3: The New Testament According to Matthew (A Bridge Over Troubled Water). PART 1 - Who is Matthew? Why Another Gospel? The New Builds on the Old. PART 2 - Matthew's Good News: Birth of the Messiah; A Royal Blood Line; Great Themes.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 4 (ADULT)
This is the fourth in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and the life experience. This video consists of Session 4: Instructing Our Hearts With Parables (Matthew). PART 1 - Matthew the Teacher; The Passion; Easter; Miracles of Faith. PART 2 - Jesus the Teacher; "I" Openers; Instructing Our Hearts; The Kingdom in Parables.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 5 (ADULT)
This is the fifth in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 5: Searching For the Meaning of Jesus According to Luke. PART 1 - Luke's Good News; Dear and Glorious Physician; Jerusalem and the Spirit; Culture to Culture to Culture. PART 2 - More Good News; The Good, Bad, and the Ugly; Mary, A Joyful Mystery; Blessed Are You Poor.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 6 (ADULT)
This is the sixth in a series of six videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 6: The Good News About God's Merciful Love (Luke). PART 1 - Luke's Good News of Mercy; Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? The Undignified Father; The Good Alien. PART 2 - Luke's Grand Finale; The Glorious Mysteries; Acts: Our History; The Road To Emmaus.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 7 (ADULT)
This is the seventh in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in a special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching and their life experience. This video consists of Session 7: Revealing the Risen Lord According to John. PART 1 - The "Un-Synoptic" Gospel; Community of the Beloved Disciple; Prologue: The Final Word; Questions Designed to Last. PART 2 - John's "Book of Signs; A Calendar of Feasts; A Cycle of Life.

DeSales: The Living Gospels--Video 8 (ADULT)
This is the eighth in a series of eight videos. The purpose and meaning of the Good News is beautifully produced in this special video bible study. The four unique gospel portraits of Jesus are presented in order to help adults develop a more personal and prayerful relationship to Christ. This program engages participants in an interactive process which helps them to connect Scripture with daily life. Through personal reflection, doctrinal presentation, group discussion and prayer, they are encouraged to see the relation between scripture, Catholic teaching, and their life experience. This video consists of Session 8: The Joy of Gospel Loving (John). PART 1 - John's Book of Glory (Chapters 13-21); How Can It Be Good News? Verdict on the Shroud. PART 2 - From Death to Life; Hard Sayings; Verses to Cheer the Heart; Alleluia!


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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