Introduction on the New Testament

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Week #01 Assessment

Week #1 Introduction on the New Testament

 

Reading Material:

1.Vatican II Docs èDei Verbum & Study Questions(See the attached file named Session #02 HANDOUT – Dei Verbum)

2.The Catechism of the Catholic Churchè#26-141

 

Please answer BOTH of the following questions.

Note: Essay responses must be 2-3 paragraphs of 4-6 sentences per paragraph unless otherwise noted. When citing your references, please refer to the specific page from the reading material (Page #XXX) or the specific slide used from the Online Lecture (Slide #XXX).

  • Referring to the material and discussion assigned to Week #01, how can the methods of modern scripture study enhance one’s faith?
  • Explain the relationship between Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium. (CCC #95) Describe the three criteria for interpreting Scripture in accordance with the Spirit that inspired it. (CCC #112-114)

 

Please note that this work contains 2 parts:

  • For part one,

Be sure to response to the topic questions in less than 12 hours in atleast 2 paragraphs (4-6 sentences each paragraph)

  • Then for Part two,

Then, after 1-2 days, I will share with you the question of the instructor If he responds to the posting, and you will need to respond to the instructor question in less than 12 hours from sharing his question with you. Full credit will be given for those who provide a thorough response to the question I pose (if any).

 

  • Plagiarism is not acceptable in any form and a score of zero will be given on the paper, as the paper will be checked by Turnitin Website for plagiarism.
  • Do not just repeat words and text from the online Lecture of the reading materials assigned
  • Use your own words and add value/information beyond the reading materials.
  • Copying from sites like Wikipedia or any other internet sites will result in a score of zero as you only allow to use the reading materials provided.

 

To have a clear idea about what you need to do, below is an example of student response to this assessment:

There are 2 way I see modern scripture can enhance one’s faith. For example, from the online lecture slideshow, “To build this relationship with God, according to the Catechism of the Church, we really need to utilize a tool that is often foreign to academic studies at a University. That tool is called prayer.” I also like this one from the online lecture as well, #2563 “The heart is the dwelling-place where I am, where I live; according to the Stemic or Biblical expression, the heart is the place “to which I withdraw.” The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully…” I love these texts from the lecture because it really proves that both heart and prayer sync with our way in believing in our own faiths. In fact, it really enhances to me personally my faith because prayer can give us purpose, it shows and proves that there is a higher power protecting us. The heart is what makes us human to have emotion and love, while prayer shows proof of our devotion towards life in the process. In my eyes, the secret of life is love after all. So, the heart allows us to understand compassion and teach those the values of compassion. I’m a strong believer that both prayer and heart can draw the best in us anything we may pursue or do in our lives, thus in turn enhance one’s own faith.

The relationship between Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium relies on heavily that they are equally important and that one cannot stand without the other, being connected to work together by the one Holy Spirit for the salvation of everyone. As stated in the book Catechism of the Catholic Church on pg. 29 section #95, “It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others. Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of all souls.”62

According to the book Catechism of the Catholic Church on pg. 32 section #112-114, The Second Vatican Council indicates the three criteria for interpreting scripture by the spirit who inspired it.

1.) “Be especially attentive “to the content and unity of the whole Scripture.”” Section #112

2.) “Read the Scripture within “the living Tradition of the whole Church.”” Section #113

3.) “Be attentive to the analogy of Faith.” Section #114

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