On this page you will find the dates for 2018-2019 series of Bible talks and some of the recordings of previous series of talks
Registration is required for all events. Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078
Scripture from Scratch:
Why do we need the Old Testament?
Marcion, a heretical 2nd century bishop, suggested that Christians should dispense with the Old Testament, that it was rendered void by the New. Some people today might agree. The Church, however, vigorously refutes this idea. The Church has always venerated the Old Testament. Vatican II affirmed this and this is reflected in our Lectionary.
The Old Testament is the true Word of God. It was given (and belongs) to the community of Ancient Israel. We share with our Jewish brothers and sisters our efforts to understand it. “We read it in communities that stand in the Presence of God in the deeply troubling challenges of our own time” (W. Brueggemann).
This course will offer insights into understanding and living these complex writings. Participants may attend individual sessions.
4th October—Creation—What kind of Writing? Our concern for the beginning of things and what this means in the present.
18th October—The Exodus—What kind of History? Imaginative Remembering.
8th November—God of the Hebrew Scriptures: the unknown? God seen through the eyes of an ancient people. God involved in human life. The God of the Psalms.
22nd November—The Prophets What is good government? Who decides? Kings, Priests, Prophets? The State, the Church, the Prophets?
Location: Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, Watford, Herts, WD23 4EE. Time: 7.30 – 9.00. Suggested donation £5. Registration is required at email@example.com or leave a voice message at 020 7931 6078.
OPEN/INFORMATION EVENING: BIBLE FROM SCRATCH
Introduction (1st Part)
Introduction (2nd Part)
Session for Parish Readers
INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPELS
THE GOSPEL OF MARK
THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
THE GOSPEL OF LUKE
INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: EXODUS EXPERIENCE & COVENANT (Fr Peter Burrows)
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (Fr John Hemer)
(Please note this recording is in two sections)
INTRODUCTION TO PAULINE WRITINGS
PAULINE THEMES (Fr John Hemer)
THE PSALMS (Fr John Hemer)
What is next?
Bible studies attract people from all walks of life and they all bring different expectations. There are many different ways to study the Bible. One of the ways is to listen to good talks on the Bible. The quality of the speaker is most important in this case. Some parishes go with “one-off” talk and some run a series of talks on the Bible.
The second, and perhaps most common approach is to have a Bible study group when one of the parishioners or individual group leader leads the group. Many different materials can be used. Some of them provide a good explanation of the text to be reflected on and prayed about. Any good Catholic bookshop will have a number of Bible study guides on offer. It is up to the group to decide how and what they would like to do.
If the parish is interested in getting some help, please contact the Agency for Evangelisation.