Strand: Scripture, Israel and Jesus (SIJL7-8E1)
Levels 7 and 8
The Bible is a recognised collection of inspired religious texts interpreted through literary form, historical and cultural context and the human author’s intention and God’s dream for the world.
Distinguish the different literary forms which make up the Old and New Testament, reflect upon the sacred significance of the Bible for people within its time and for our time and identify one way in which God’s dream for the world helps people now.
From the perspective of faith, the Bible is more than a fixed library. It is a world for those in faith to encounter for themselves, an adventure to which they are summoned. It is a library of books containing many different literary styles including myth, history, legend, dreams, poetry, humour, irony, proverbs, parables and narratives. Tradition holds the Bible as the inspired Word of God. The Church interprets the Bible in order to make meaning of its place and purpose in the world and to enlighten its members on their journey of faith. The Bible has an oral tradition that was written down in order to explain and give meaning to various events and experiences in the lives of the Chosen People. Knowledge of the cultural, historical and geographic setting aids in understanding texts from Scripture. The Bible is not a museum piece, for people of faith it is a living document which is always brought into dialogue with the times in which it is encountered.
Learning Lites: Covenant, Revelation.
- Maloney, F. (2010). A friendly guide to the New Testament. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing.
- Turner, M. (2014). A friendly guide to the Old Testament. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing.