The present course introduces the student into the practice of reading the Holy Scripture, which results in meditation and transformation of life as a consequence of encounter with the Word of God. Such reading was practiced in monastic tradition (Pachomius, Augustine, Basil and Benedict) and was developed into four steps practice (Reading, Meditation, Prayer and Contemplation – Guigo II, Ladder of Monks). After having explored certain practical exegetical principles, that consider different types of Old Testament and New Testament texts, the practice of Lectio Divina will be applied on Gen 3, Deu 8, Psa 22, Psa 51, Mat 19,16-26, Luk 11,1-13, Joh 9 and 1Co 14,1-25, with a special emphasize on the first step, which is reading and understanding the text, showing the main directions in which meditation, prayer and contemplation may be developed on the basis of the author’s intended sense of the text. The course will be carried out with the assistance of PowerPoint presentations. Lectures, one research essay. Means of Evaluation: One research essay (55%) and participation in class (45%).
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