BIBLE 4: Christian Scriptures Background and Interpretation

Julian · 20/12/2023

This course is part two of two in a series that explores the Gospels, letters, history (Book of Acts), and apocalyptic literature (Book of Revelation) that comprises what is more commonly known as the “New Testament” of the Judeo-Christian Bible. The student will develop a basic understanding of the Christian Scriptures’ meaning for the people to whom they were written. This course is based on the premise that, whatever else the Christian Scriptures may be; they most definitely are the response of early Christian writers to both the person and the message of Jesus Christ. This course examines the Christian Scriptures as a testament about Jesus by early Christian communities.

Unity’s “maieutic” and metaphysical approach to interpreting scriptures aims to help the interpreter cultivate self-knowledge and make contact with the Higher Spiritual Self commonly called “Christ within” and “Christ consciousness.” Students discover inner spiritual meanings of Christian Scriptures (Acts through Revelation) as they continue to apply the Unity method of interpretation to Christian Scriptures, “the New Testament”.

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:
  • Identify parts and origins of the Christian Scriptures
  • Identify the writers and the times of the writings
  • Compare time periods and explain their significance
  • Explain how the Christian Scriptures can present the story of the evolution of the consciousness of humankind
  • Define maieutic Bible interpretation and metaphysical Bible interpretation
  • Develop an understanding the principles and key concepts for metaphysical interpretation, as taught in Unity.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, The Revealing Word and your own intuitive sense for finding deeper meaning in Bible passages.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the seven-step process of metaphysical Bible interpretation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the maieutic interpretive process.
  • Develop an appreciation for the different forms of literature in this section of the Bible and how to use them for your own spiritual growth
Required Text/Readings
  • Bible NRSV –a Study Bible is highly recommended. Preferred study Bible: The New Interpreter’s Study Bible – NRSV version with Apocrypha;
  • Also acceptable: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: NRSV or The Harper Collins Study Bible including Apocryphal Deutercanonical Books
  • Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, R.C. Douglass, Unity Books (on-line version at Truth Unity.net)
  • The Revealing Word, Unity Books (on-line version at Truth Unity.net)
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About Instructor

Julian

Julian is a Licensed Unity Teacher and has been actively involved with the UNS Australasia for the last 5-6 years. Julian is also on the Board of Unity Reflections of Truth in Brisbane Australia and is an associate to the Minister Rev. Rhonda Murray.

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