Teaching Scripture in the Classroom

Teaching Scripture

The study of scripture in a classroom context takes the reader into the world of Jewish and Christian believers. The Catholic approach to interpreting scripture is summed up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

 In Sacred Scripture, God speaks to the person in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words (n.109)

In order to discover the sacred author’s 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.

“For the fact is that truth is differently presented and expressed in the various types of historical writing, in prophetical and poetical texts, and in other forms of literary expression (Dei Verbum, 12)

Catholics do not read scripture from a fundamentalist understanding. Such an approach begins with the view that the Bible, being the inspired Word of God, is error free, historically accurate and therefore should be read and interpreted literally in all its details. This is not the approach taken in the Catholic Church or in the religion classroom. Rather, the Catholic Church’s understanding of scripture accepts the Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the work of human authors who were conditioned by their time, place, culture and worldview.

The Religion Curriculum supports this view of teaching scripture through the inclusion of core and supplementary texts for each year level. Texts and explored and interpreted through the framework of the three worlds of the text.

Mandated Prayers

The Explicit Teaching about Prayer is taught in every year level of the curriculum. The tables below depict the year level at which particular prayers and meditative prayer practices are explicitly taught, as identified in the content descriptions of the Prayer and Spirituality sub strand of the Religious Education Curriculum, and their development across the year levels.

RE Curriculum Prayer Matrix pt1

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RE Curriculum Prayer Matrix pt2