Course Description

The Church calls us to read the New Testament in light of the Old Testament, or, as scholars say, to do "canonical exegesis." How do we do this? Happily, in his book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, Pope Benedict XVI gives us an outstanding example of this kind of Scriptural reading. This course will use this book as our text to learn how our familiarity with the Old Testament deepens and enriches our understanding of the Gospel accounts of Christ's Passion.

Hours of Instruction: 12

Gayle Somers

Gayle Somers has a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in S. Hamilton, MA. She worked on the staff of an evangelical church in the Midwest for three years, teaching and counseling university students. She was a part-time Lecturer in Philosophy at Gordon College, in Wenham, MA, and a contributor to the Woman's Study Bible published by Thomas Nelson. In 1995, she and her husband, with their three children, were received into the Catholic Church.She has been writing and leading parish Bible studies since 1996. She is the author of three bible studies, Galatians: A New Kind of Freedom Defended (Basilica Press), Genesis: God and His Creation and Genesis: God and His Family (Emmaus Road Publishing). She is a research fellow with the St. Paul Center (, which promotes biblical literacy for laymen and biblical fluency for clergy. Gayle is a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church, where she currently teaches adult bible classes.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Session 1 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Reflection Questions for Online Courses

    • Session 1 - Video

  • 2

    Session 2 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Session 2 - Video

  • 3

    Session 3 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Session 3 - Video

  • 4

    Session 4 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Session 4 - Video

  • 5

    Session 5 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Session 5 - Video

  • 6

    Session 6 - Reading Scripture with the Church

    • Session 6 - Video