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Sacred Scripture


Course Description


This course is a perfect addition to home school courses or public school. Modeled upon Kolbe Academy's outstanding curriculum, this high school theology course familiarizes 9th and 10th grade students with the revealed Word of God. It explains how we come to know Christ, the Word of God, better through both the Old and New Testaments. The course introduces the student to methods of reading and understanding God's Word and teaches the student the content and significance of the Old and New Testaments.

Course Objectives

This course will enable the student to: 

  • Understand and embrace the Church's teaching on Divine Revelation, in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

  • Understand the role of the Magisterium in preserving, defending, interpreting, and explaining the Word of God

  • Become familiar with the Messianic prophecies and their fulfillment in Christ, and recognize the Church in her four marks, prefigured in Israel

  • Know how to read God's Word with understanding and begin to read it prayerfully and profitably

  • Understand the historical and eternal significance of the Incarnation, public ministry, Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Trace the development of the Church from its founding by Our Lord to the death of the last Apostle and the closing of public revelation, and to understand Our Lord's provisions for the continuity of his Holy Church from then to now

  • Find and explain the New Testament passages that teach the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, as well as the passages referring to the other six sacraments 

Course Texts

  • The Holy Bible. Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition. Ignatius Press. 

  • Catechism of the Catholic Church. Liberia Editrice Vaticana and United States Catholic Conference, Second Edition. 

  • Introduction to the Bible by Fr. John Laux. Tan Books 

  • The Catholic Catechism by Fr. John Hardon, S.J. Doubleday. 

  • Church documents (available from

    • Providentissimus Deus (Leo XIII)​

    • Praestantia Scripturae (St. Pius X)

    • Spiritus Paraclitus (Benedict XV)

    • Divino Afflante Spiritu (Pius XII)

    • Humani Generis (Pius XII)

    • Dei Verbum (Vatican II)

    • On the Historicity of the Gospels (CDF, 1964)


Course Levels

  • Standard 

  • Honors: In addition to the standard requirements, students taking this course at the Honors level will be assigned additional reading assignments from Church documents and will be expected to write longer weekly essays. 


Course Instructor

Mrs. Juliana Lerner

Course Format

This class will be offered in an online format in addition to the day school classes offered at St. John Bosco High School's campus. Bi-weekly live classes with the instructor will assist students as they work through the material. Students should plan to work on the reading, written, and online assignments four days a week. Assignments will be submitted via Jupiter grades and/or emailed to the instructor. Typing skills are needed. 

Course Schedule: Academic Year 2022-2023

Begin reading assignments: Tuesday, September 6

First live class with instructor: Tuesday, September 20

Live class schedule: Tentatively, 9:57-10:42 a.m. PST

      Cost: $300 per student per semester (September-January; January-May)

                = $600 for the full year

Contact the school for more information and to register your student. 

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