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Church Documents

 Videos here

  1. Dr Mary Coloe and Michael Doyle. Using the Bible to inform moral decision making. Produced by Sr Carmel Butler
  2. Frank Moloney: momentous changes brought about by Vatican Council II on the way Catholics interpret the Bible, and its place in the life of the Church.

 

Here is a a link to the following Church Documents on the CathNews website:

  • Australian Documents
  • Types of Church Documents
  • Dei Verbum, Divine Revelation
  • Papal Documents
Education & Courses

Yarra Theological Union: Information Session
Sunday 16 October, 2.00 - 4.00pm at YTU 98 Albion Rd, Box Hill. All interested persons are welcome at this afternoon information session, exploring ways of transforming faith and life through study at Yarra Theological Union. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered, with fee help also available.  Cost: Free                                                               Details: 9890 3771 or [email protected] or www.ytu.edu.au. No booking  required

50th Anniversary Speakers Evening
Wednesday 19 October, 7–9pm  at St Gregory the Great Parish Hall, 396 Manningham Rd, Doncaster
St Gregory’s Parish will host this speaker’s evening on the topic of ‘Jubilee’, as part of its 50th year celebrations,  The presenter is Janina Hiebel, teacher of Old Testament and theological German at Yarra Theological Union in Box Hill.  The evening will commence with a light supper of pizza and drinks. After the presentation there will be an opportunity for discussion and questions. RSVP: By Monday 17 October on 9848 2395 or [email protected] 

Broken Bay Institute - Adult Faith Online - click here

Broken Bay Institute eConferences

A full set of Broken Bay Institute eConferences is now available on DVD for loan from the Parish Office

Gospel of St Mark (Recorded 16th May 2013) - Conference Viewable online

Following Jesus: Matthew, Conference (6 September 2011)  Viewable online

Jesus The Christ (Recorded 16th September 2010) -  Conference Viewable online

 

Conference Archive Viewable online

 

Aim of this Page

The aim of this page is to offer access to resources for those seeking to explore, study or research scriptural, spiritual and theological issues. These are listed in Part B below. It is also to provide information on related short, self-learning courses or programmes.



We have extracted further below (Part C) below information on a more formal religious studies Yale University course, downloadable at no cost courtesy of Yale, for those with a particular interest in and desire to study the Old Testament.

In Part A  below are details of current Courses and Lectures together with selected 'live' online lectures (for those with reasonably fast Broadband). There's also an Australian forum Catholica which offers "a  vigorous discussion on Catholic spirituality, theology and faith for adults seeking to enrich their lives."


 

PART A - Current Courses and Lectures

From "Academic Earth" a live (streamed) lecture "Studying the Old Testament", by Yale University Professor Christine Hayes (duration 45 minutes - click the arrow to view). This is one of a large number of free 'live' online lectures offered via Academic Earth. This is also the introductory lecture of a free the Yale University "Religious Studies" course whose full details are provided in Part C further below.


 Lecture Description

This lecture provides an introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible and its structure and contents. Common misconceptions about the Bible are dispelled: the Bible is a library of books from diverse times and places rather than a single, unified book; biblical narratives contain complex themes and realistic characters and are not "pious parables" about saintly persons; the Bible is a literarily sophisticated narrative not for children; the Bible is an account of the odyssey of a people rather than a book of theology; and finally, the Bible was written by many human contributors with diverse perspectives and viewpoints.

Course Description

This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

 

PART B.

Scripture:

Selected Articles by Jerome Neyrey

New Testament General

The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Matthew

Luke - Acts

The Gospel of John

Paul's Letters

Miscellanea                                                           Click HERE 

 

Websites relating to the Ancient Mediterranean - Compiled by Dr K.C. Hanson

                                                                                      Click HERE

Spirituality:

Ron Rolheiser - Speaker,Columnist and Author.      Click HERE

                                                                                     

Australian Christian Meditation                              Click HERE  
 

Theology:

Richard P. McBrien, Essays in Theology                 Click HERE                 

Compass - A Review of Topical Theology              Click HERE 

Australian eJournal of Theology                           Click HERE 

Anthony J. Kelly Homepage                                 Click HERE 

Priests and People                                              (to be provided later ?) 

 

Catholicism:

The Catechism                                                   Click here 

 

 

PART C.

Free, Downloadable, Open Yale Courses from Yale University

The following information has been freely extracted from http://open.yale.edu/courses/index.html 

 Departments of Astronomy, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Religious Studies

Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Open Yale Courses reflects the values of a liberal arts education. Yale's philosophy of teaching and learning begins with the aim of training a broadly based, highly disciplined intellect without specifying in advance how that intellect will be used.

This approach goes beyond the acquisition of facts and concepts to cultivate skills and habits of rigorous, independent thought: the ability to analyse, to ask the next question, and to begin the search for an answer.

Open Yale hope these courses will be a resource for critical thinking, creative imagination, and intellectual exploration.

 

Course RLST -145: Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)

with Professor Christine Hayes

 

 About the Course

This course examines the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life and thought of ancient Israel, and a foundational document of Western civilization. A wide range of methodologies, including source criticism and the historical-critical school, tradition criticism, redaction criticism, and literary and canonical approaches are applied to the study and interpretation of the Bible. Special emphasis is placed on the Bible against the backdrop of its historical and cultural setting in the Ancient Near East.

Course Structure: 50-minute lectures, twice per week

Note: this requires a reasonable speed Broadband service 

 View and Download Class Sessions here.

 

About Professor Hayes

Christine Hayes is the Robert F. and Patricia Ross Weis Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1993. A specialist in talmudic-midrashic studies, Hayes offers courses on the literature and history of the biblical and talmudic periods. She is the author of two scholarly books: Between the Babylonian and Palestinian Talmuds, recipient of the 1997 Salo Baron prize for a first book in Jewish thought and literature, and Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud, a 2003 National Jewish Book Award finalist. She has also authored an undergraduate textbook and several journal articles.