This course will introduce the student to the most significant people and themes of the Old Testament, focusing on Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and David, going to the time of Jesus. While these great biblical figures are known for their devotion to God, the lives they lead saw great struggle, and at times, great sin. The Old Testament describes God’s great love and fidelity even when the people He is counting on stray far from Him. If the Old Testament has seemed hard to understand, this course will show God’s plan in it and how it can transform one’s life today. The main text will be the Bible itself (either Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition or New American Bible), with supplements from Dr. Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
Hours of Instruction: 12
Eric J. Westby, PhD is the Director of the Institute of Catholic Theology in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the Director of Parish and School Catechesis at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He is an assistant professor of Theology for Franciscan University of Steubenville. He received his doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, with his thesis entitled "Equipping the Catechist of Catechists: A Critical Discussion of Seminary Formation in Light of Priestly Ministry in Catechesis." He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University in Steubenville, from where he was the first student to complete the graduate specialization in catechetics. He holds a Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from the Center for Ministry Development, and has been involved in full-time catechesis since 1988. He is a regular presenter at the summer St. John Bosco Catechetical Conference at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published youth ministry materials through YOU! Press and is the founder of ymcentral.com and rciacentral.com. More importantly, he is husband to Nikki and father of five beautiful girls.