Full course description
How to Begin Reading the Bible as a Catholic
How to Begin Reading the Bible as a Catholic is a free online course for Catholics who want to learn the basics about how to read the Bible and apply the Word of God in daily life. The first module focuses on how to read the Bible as a Catholic and covers Church teachings from Vatican II’s Dei Verbum and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The second module discusses the various translations of the Bible and provides guidance on how to choose a Bible for study. The third module explores the historical and geographic context of the Bible. The final module introduces two methods of praying with Scripture: lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation.
This course is designed for personal enrichment only and does not count towards any academic credit at Sacred Heart Major Seminary or for any certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Dr. Tamra Fromm
Catholic Biblical School of Michigan
Dr. Peter Williamson
Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture
Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit, MI
For questions about course content, contact the instructor using the “Inbox” on the red menu bar on the left side of your online course page. For technical support see the Tech Support guide in the Welcome module of the course.
A Catholic Bible (preferred): Revised Standard Version (RSV) or New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE).
Catechism of the Catholic Church and other resources will be provided in each module.
Schedule of Topics:
Introductory Module - Why Read and Study the Bible?
Module 1 - Studying the Bible as a Catholic
Module 2 - Which Version of the Bible Should I Use?
Module 3 - Engaging the Cultural World of the Bible
Module 4 - Praying with Scripture
Conclusion Module - Where to Go from Here?
The following learning activities are available to students in each module. There are no specific requirements. Those who complete all the videos and self-tests will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.
- Video lectures featuring faculty from the Catholic Biblical School of Michigan and Sacred Heart Major Seminary
- Recommended readings and links to additional learning resources
- Self-tests to see what you’ve learned
- Optional group discussion guide for participants to share with each other what they are learning and encourage each other
- Guided lectio divina and Ignatian contemplation prayer based on selected Scripture passages
The time commitment is flexible for this course. Lectures are generally around 20-25 minutes long. Participants who are interested in completing all recommended readings and course tasks can expect to spend around 2-3 hours/week on the course. However, levels of participation and engagement are up to the discretion of the individual.
All Equip Courses Include These Features:
- A dedicated online learning support coordinator to offer prompt assistance
- 24/7 access to the digital learning environment
- Engagement as a community of connected learners who share a common faith
- Extended access to course content after the course end date
- Learning environment support provided by Canvas (our learning management platform)
- Technical assistance provided by Sacred Heart’s IT staff
- A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the course learning activities