Part 1: Background to Scripture
1.1 Divine Revelation
1.1.1 Define Revelation.
1.1.2 Understand the significance of God revealing Himself to us.
1.1.3 Recognize that Divine Revelation is transmitted to us in two ways: Sacred Tradition (spoken word), and
Sacred Scripture (written word).
1.1.4 Understand that Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God,
which is entrusted to the Church.
1.1.5 Realize that the task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or
in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church(the Magisterium).
1.2 Authorship of Sacred Scripture
1.2.1 Recognize that God is the principle author of Sacred Scripture.
1.2.2 Understand that God inspired the human authors to compose the books of Sacred Scripture.
1.2.3 Understand the Church's teaching on divine inspiration, inerrancy, and canonicity with regard to
1.3 The Structure of the Bible
1.3.1 Recognize the two major divisions of the Bible: Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament.
1.3.2 Differentiate among the various literary forms used within the Old Testament.
Part 2: The Old Testament
2.1 The Pentateuch and History Books
2.1.1 Understand that God is the creator of all things and that man and woman are created in the image and
likeness of God.
2.1.2 Comprehend the tragic consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve (Original Sin, the Fall, the Flood, and
2.1.3 Comprehend the various aspects of salvation history (Abraham and the Patriarchs, Moses, the Exodus, the
age of the Judges, the age of the Kings of Israel, the Exile).
2.2 The Prophetic and Wisdom Books
2.2.1 Describe the characteristics of a prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures.
2.2.2 Recognize the significant role of the prophets.
2.2.3 Identify some of the more significant prophets with their particular era (pre‑Exilic,
during the Exile, Post‑Exilic).
2.2.4 Understand the background and purpose of the Wisdom books.
Part 3: The New Testament
3.1 The meaning of the New Testament
3.1.1 Recognize the New Testament as God's self‑revelation in the person of Jesus
3.1.2 Understand that the New Testament is a faith testament of the early Church.
3.1.3 Recognize the divisions of the New Testament (the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles,
3.1.4 Understand the world in which the New Testament is written.
3.2 The Gospels
3.2.1 Recognize the Gospels as the proclamation of the Good News of Salvation.
3.2.2 Realize that the four Gospel accounts constitute one Gospel and testify to the
same single event: the Incarnation of Jesus as Messiah.
3.2.3 Understand the formation and authorship of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John).
3.2.4 Distinguish between the synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke and the
Gospel according to John.
3.3 Jesus in the Gospels
3.3.1 Recognize that Jesus Christ is both true God and true man.
3.3.2 Comprehend the significance of Jesus' life and teaching particularly as they relate
t his conception, birth and infancy, his baptism, his public ministry, his
miracles, his proclamation of the Kingdom of God, his calling to discipleship, his
Transfiguration, his forgiveness of sin, and above all, the saving events of the Paschal Mystery.
3.4 The Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Book of Revelation
3.4.1 Explain the authorship and purpose of each. 3.4.2 Comprehend the message conveyed in each and explain its significance.