Programme 2: The First Reading (SOTW II)

SOTW II/1 We begin again with the current context of faith and church. What the roots of our faith? The relationship between Christianity and the mother religion of Judaism (NB Romans 9-11). Why bother with the Old Testament is often asked and so we look at the place of the Old Testament in current faith and practice. Naturally there are difficulties with the Old Testament - how do we "deal" with them? Finally, there is a difference between the “OT” in the Bible of the Jews, Protestants, Orthodox and Catholics.

SOTW II/2 The Old Testament is used differently in Ordinary Time and in the Seasons. We will explore the use of the Old Testament in the lectionary, taking as an example the next six Sundays. The very best use of the OT is probably in Lent, when the first readings are laid out with great pastoral care for years A, B and C. A good question is do we as Christians make our own the sacred texts of the Jewish People?

SOTW II/3 The foundational part of the OT is called by the Jews "the five books of Moses" and by Christians the Pentateuch: what is it and why is it important? How to read it critically. the importance of Genesis (Adam, Abraham) and Exodus (Moses).

SOTW II/4 To provide a frame for understanding the Hebrew Bible, a brief sketch of the History of Israel will be given, looking especially especially the Great Exile and the formation of “Judaism” and the books of the Bible.

SOTW II/5 Every Sunday, a Psalm is prayed at the Liturgy of the Word. What are the Psalm? Can we say anything about their original context before looking at their use as Christian prayer.

SOTW II/6 The hunger for justice—present throughout the BIble—is most keenly felt in the prophetic book. The Prophets: contrasting the “royal system” (domination and passivity) and the “prophetic system” (critique and action); the call to justice and an integrated faith, expressing itself in action.