Enjoying the Bible

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Enjoying the Bible is the first Scripture Courses I taught in Cloyne Diocese when I was engaged in pastoral ministry and adult religious education in Ireland before coming to minister in the USA. It treats the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and the Acts of the Apostles and the central section of the Old Testament including the Psalms. You can read the course outline below and also some excerpts.

Enjoying the Bible
(You can read lessons 1 and 2 below and also the other linked selections)


Introduction to the Course
Introduction to the Bible (Development of the Bible, Manuscripts of the Bible, Seven Extra Books in Catholic Old Testaments)

Inspiration of Sacred Scripture
(Thereafter both Old and New Testament sections of the course run concurrently)


Old Testament

New Testament


Introduction to the Psalms (The Psalms were Jesus' Prayer Book, Praying the Psalms today)
Psalms we pray when all is well
Hymns of Praise, Psalms 8 and 104

Introduction to the Gospels
The Gospel of Mark


Introduction to the Psalms continued
Psalms we pray when all is well
Hymns Praising God's Providence Guiding History, Psalms 105 and 136
Reflection on Psalm 139

Introduction to the Gospels concluded
The Gospel of Luke
Jesus' Ministry in Luke is Inclusive
Paralleling of Men and Women in Luke
Reflection on the Magnificat


Introduction the Psalms continued (including the different numbering of the Psalms)
Psalms we pray when all is well
Zion Hymns, Psalms 48 and 84

The Gospel of Matthew
Four Gospels - Four Portraits of Jesus
Scripture in the Liturgy


Introduction to the Psalms concluded (titles)
Psalms we pray when we are in crisis (laments)
Lament of a Sick Person, Psalm 88
Sheol, death and heaven in the Old Testament
Psalm 31 and Jesus' Passion

Infancy Narratives - Luke 1-2


Psalms we pray when we are in crisis
Lament of a Sinner, Psalm 51

Infancy Narratives - Matthew 1-2


Psalms we pray when we are in crisis
Lament of One who is Persecuted, Psalm 27
Psalms 22; 69 and Jesus' Passion
Laments of the Community, Psalm 137

Humanity and Emotions of Jesus in the Gospels
Prayer and Spirituality of Jesus


Psalms to thank God for helping us out of a crisis
Thanksgiving Psalms, Psalms 116 and 107

How to Interpret the Parables
Parables of Mark 4 and Matthew 13


Thematic Psalms
Royal Psalms, Psalms of Trust, Liturgical Psalms, Covenant Renewal Psalms, Wisdom Psalms, Pilgrimage Psalms

Parables of Luke 15


Anger and Vengeance in the Psalms

More Parables in Luke and Matthew including
The Parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector


Introduction to the Wisdom Literature
Book of Proverbs

The Miracles of Jesus


Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth)

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes (Matthew 5)


Book of Job 1-37

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)


Book of Job 38-42
Thoughts on the mystery of suffering

The Lord's Prayer, Our Father


Ecclesiasticus (Sirach)

The Passion Narratives
(Matt 26; Mark 14; Luke 22)


Wisdom of Solomon

The Passion Narratives
(Matt 27; Mark 15; Luke 23)


Song of Songs
Overview of Wisdom Literature
Wisdom Literature and the New Testament

The Resurrection Narratives
(Mark 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; Acts 1)



Acts of the Apostles
(Acts 1-7, Mission in Jerusalem)

19 First Book of Maccabees

Acts of the Apostles
(Acts 8-12, Mission in Judaea and Samaria)

20 Second Book of Maccabees

Acts of the Apostles
(13-28, Mission to the end of the earth
Theology of Acts and Parallels with Luke)

Enjoying the Bible

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The Second Course: Enjoying Paul and the Old Testament
Old Testament: Pentateuch and Historical Books
New Testament: Paul and the Letters of the New Testament

Read the full course outline and samples

Praying the Bible

A highlight of the Scripture Courses I taught each night was 20 minutes of prayer using the Bible. These guided biblical meditations were so popular that many course participants asked to have some of them recorded. Visit An Hour with Jesus, Our Life, God's Gift and Let's Talk to Jesus where you can listen to samples in audio.