Sacred Scripture

 
Part 1: Background to Scripture
 
CONTENT STANDARD
1.1 Divine Revelation
COMPETENCY STANDARDS
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).
 
CONTENT STANDARD
1.2 Authorship of Sacred Scripture
COMPETENCY STANDARDS
             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
                        Sacred Scripture.
 
CONTENT STANDARD
1.3 The Structure of the Bible
COMPETENCY STANDARDS
             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
 
CONTENT STANDARD
2.1 The Pentateuch and History Books
COMPETENCY STANDARDS
             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
             Babel).
             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).
 
CONTENT STANDARD
2.2 The Prophetic and Wisdom Books
                          COMPETENCY STANDARDS
               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
 
CONTENT STANDARD
3.1 The meaning of the New Testament
               COMPETENCY STANDARDS
               3.1.1 Recognize the New Testament as God's self‑revelation in the person of Jesus
               Christ.
               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,
               Revelation).
               3.1.4 Understand the world in which the New Testament is written.
 
CONTENT STANDARD
3.2 The Gospels
                COMPETENCY STANDARDS
                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.
 
CONTENT STANDARD
3.3 Jesus in the Gospels
                            COMPETENCY STANDARDS
                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.
 
CONTENT STANDARD
3.4 The Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles, and the Book of Revelation
                          COMPETENCY STANDARDS
               3.4.1 Explain the authorship and purpose of each.
                        3.4.2 Comprehend the message conveyed in each and explain its significance.
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