During the first semester, students will learn how to navigate the Bible with the tool of hermeneutics, or the method of interpreting texts. Students will read and discuss the stories of the Hebrew Bible and its many authors. Students will explore the revelation of God to the Israelite people while beginning to understand salvation history. Themes discussed will include an introduction to church and Catholicism, creation, etymology, sin, vocation the Exodus, slavery, covenant, the faithfulness of God, patriarch, matriarch, the psalms and the radical message of the prophets. The second semester will provide an introduction to the New Testament- the study of the Christian Messiah, Jesus Christ. Students will analyze and interpret the Christian Scriptures while they explore the life, message, and ministry of the historical Jesus. As students examine Scripture, they will strive to interpret the text in such a way that is meaningful for their own lived faith experience.