APPENDIX B

Mandated Scriptural Texts

 

The Scriptures, as given to the church, are the communal treasure of the entire body of believers (The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church, n.3).

 

Religious Education is often the sole opportunity available for students to encounter the message of faith. In the teaching of religion, emphasis should be laid on knowledge of sacred Scripture, as a means of overcoming prejudices old and new, and enabling its truth to be better known (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini of the Holy Father Benedict XVI, p.178).

 

The following overview provides an outline of what Scripture texts need to be explicitly taught (core texts) in each year level, and other possible texts (supplementary texts) that could be used to support the teaching of particular concepts.

 

Core texts

Core texts are the prescribed Scriptural texts that need to be taught in depth at each year level. By exploring the three worlds of the text, students will engage in:

 

A study of the world of the text (What is actually in the text? What type of writing is this text? Is there a particular structure of the text? Who are the characters in the text and what happens? …)

 

A study of the world behind the text (What can we learn about the context of this text - the historical world of the human author(s); the cultural world of the time; the geographic considerations of the text; the community for whom the text was written…)

 

An exploration of the world in front of the text (What are some messages from or about God that modern believers can take from this text in their time and place? Does the Church have a specific teaching about the meaning of this text? How might this text be used in contemporary contexts such as in liturgy, for personal spiritual reflection, to inspire action for justice?)

 

In order to discover the sacred authors’ intention, the reader must take into account the conditions of their time and culture, the literary genres in use at that time, and the modes of feeling, speaking and narrating then current (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.110).

 

Supplementary texts

Supplementary texts are Scripture texts that have been identified as relevant for particular concepts and appropriate for students at different year levels. Supplementary texts do not need to be taught in the same depth as the core texts, and they do not all need to be taught. Providing supplementary texts for each year level enables teachers to confidently make choices about what particular Scripture texts would be most appropriate for teaching different units of work.

 

Teaching Scripture in the Classroom

An exploration of the world in front of the text (What are some messages from or about God that modern believers can take from this text in their time and place? Does the Church have a specific teaching about the meaning of this text? How might this text be used in contemporary contexts such as in liturgy, for personal spiritual reflection, to inspire action for justice?)