Encountering Jesus in the New Testament (Third Edition)

Chapter 2: Bishop Barron on How to Read the Bible


Film Focus: In this video, Bishop Robert Barron discusses the Historical-Critical method through the lens

of Pope Benedict’s thoughts on this method in his series of books titled Jesus of Nazareth.


Text Focus: Pages 79-83


Discussion Questions:


1.   Describe the Historical-Critical method. Name some of the main theologians, philosophers, and scholars who taught the Historical-Critical method.

2.   Is the Bible a piece of mythic literature? Why or why not?

3.   What does Pope Benedict XVI criticize about the Historical-Critical method?

4.   Is the Bible really one book or a collection of books? Explain your answer.

5.   Is the Bible relevant for only one period of time or is it timeless? Discuss and defend your answer.

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