Sacred Scripture: A Foundation for
Teaching Religious Education (16 points)

GCTRE Foundational unit

Four Saturdays, 2019
9.30am — 4.00pm

This unit offers an introduction to the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. It introduces students to the principles of scriptural interpretation within the Catholic tradition and provides a foundation for understanding Scripture in the context of Religious Education and the life of the Church.


Venue:  Our Lady's Primary School, Craigieburn Road West
2019 Timetable:
Four Saturdays, 2019
23 February; 16 March; 27 April; 18 May
9.30am – 4.00pm 
Census Date:  Tuesday 19 March


Venue: Notre Dame Australia, Melbourne Clinical School, Hoppers Lane 
2019 Timetable: Four Saturdays, 2019
2, 30 March; 4, 25 May
9.30am – 4.00pm 
Census Date: Tuesday 29 March 




intensive mode: 9.30am – 4.00pm


one 2,000-word essay (Old Testament) 50%
one 2,000-word essay (New Testament)  50%

Set Texts Recommended for Purchase

  • New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), e.g., New Oxford Annotated Bible or the HarperCollins Study Bible, will be used in lectures.
  • Brueggemannn, Walter, and Tod Linafelt. An Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination. 2nd ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012.
  • Moloney, Francis J. A Friendly Guide to the New Testament. Friendly Guides. Mulgrave: John Garratt Publishing, 2010.
  • Pontifical Biblical Commission. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. 1993.


  • Barton, John, and John Muddiman, eds. The Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • Brown, Raymond E., Joseph A. Fitzmyer, and Roland E. Murphy, eds. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1990.
  • Collins, John J. Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • Perkins, Pheme. Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2012.
  • Senior, Donald, Paul J. Achtemeier, and Robert J. Karris. Invitation to the Gospels. Rev. ed. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2002.