PG 486 Word and Lection: Scripture Heard and Proclaimed

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Module Level


Time Allowance

Semester 2. 10 x 2-hour seminars


Continuous Assessment 40% Major Essay (5000 words) 60%

Module Aims

This module explores the diverse roles that the biblical canon performs as sacred scripture across a number of Christian traditions in personal, communal and liturgical contexts; and the underlying theological and anthropological commitments. Particular attention is paid to lectio divina and to the dynamics of transformative engagement with biblical texts.

Indicative Syllabus

  • The biblical canon as the Church’s sacred text: canon and canonicity; scripture and tradition; the reciprocal relationship between Scripture and community
  • The Lectionary: different lectionaries; structure; relationship between Word and lection in Catholic and Protestant traditions
  • The Lectionary and the Liturgical Year
  • Liturgy of the Word: dialogic structure; its place in the celebration of the paschal mystery.
  • Lectio divina: tradition, theory and practice
  • The role of faith in biblical interpretation: the role of the reader; Scripture as sacrament
  • The interpretation of the bible in the life of the Church: actualisation and inculturation
  • The mechanics of reading for transformation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate a theological understanding of Scripture that supports transformative reading strategies.
  • Reflect theologically on personal experience of the various elements of lectio divina.
  • Differentiate the underlying principles which inform the use of scripture in different ecclesiological traditions.


  • Enzo Bianchi. Lectio Divina. London: SPCK, 2015.
  • Normand Bonneau, Preparing the Table of the Word. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Normand Bonneau. The Sunday Lectionary: Ritual Word, Paschal Shape. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1998.
  • Michael Casey OCSO. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. Ligouri, MS: Triumph Books, 1996.
  • John P. Burgess, “Scripture as Sacramental Word. Rediscovering Scripture’s Compelling Power,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 52/4 (1998): 380-391.
  • Kenneth Hagen, editor. The Bible in the Churches: How Various Christians Interpret the Scriptures. Third Edition. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 1998.
  • Gordon Lathrop. “Sources: the Four Gospels and Liturgical Reform,” Studia Liturgica 44 (2014):1-12.
  • Gordon Lathrop. The Four Gospels on Sunday. The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. 2012.
  • Carlo Maria Martini.”The School of the Word,” Worship 61/3 (May 1987): 194-198.
  • Sandra M. Schneiders, The Revelatory Text. Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture. Second Edition. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Raymond James Studzinski, “Bible Reading Revisited: The Librarian’s Guide to Lectio Divina and Formative Styles of Reading,” Theological Librarianship 7/1 (2014). DOI:
  • Fritz West, Scripture and Memory. The Ecumenical Hermeneutic of the Three-Year Lectionaries. Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 1997.
  • Gerald O. West. The Academy of the Poor. Towards a Dialogical Reading of the Bible. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.
  • Walter Wink, The Bible in Human Transformation: Toward a New Paradigm in Biblical Studies (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1973).
  • General Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass 2nd ed (1981)