Three Things Talks
Saturday, October 2, 2010
10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Queens, St. Thomas More Church
10 a.m.: Old Testament: Structure, Content
The Old Testament captures God’s revelation to the people Israel
and provides the foundation for the message of the New
Testament. Both are the word of God and one is not complete
without the other. In this presentation, we will
consider: (1) the foundational principles with which one must
approach the Bible; (2) the books which make up this inspired
library of the OT distinguishing among different Bibles in terms of
structure and content; and (3) the types of literature with which
the revelation takes place. All this will lead us to a proper
understanding of our Catholic OT.
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Presenter: Fr. Patrick J.
Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM, Executive Vice President for the Office
of University Mission at St. John’s University, has a PhD in
Biblical Studies (1984) from The Catholic University of America and
has taught Scripture at several universities and seminaries.
Most recently, he has been a Professor at the Seminary of the
Immaculate Conception in Huntington, Long Island.
11 a.m.: New Testament: Structure,
Content and Character
What’s so “new” about the New Testament? What led members of the
Jesus movement to begin to write about Jesus in the first place?
Why does the New Testament present us with four gospels, and what
about the so-called “gospels” that did not make it into the canon
of the New Testament? This presentation of the structure,
content and character of the New Testament will explore these
questions and more, with a focus on addressing the ongoing
significance of these foundational documents for the faith and the
life of the Church.
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Presenter: Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz
Rev. Jean-Pierre Ruiz, Associate Professor in the Department of
Theology & Religious Studies at St. John’s, holds the doctorate
in biblical studies from the Pontifical Gregorian University in
Rome. He is the author of the introduction and commentary on the
Apocalypse of John in the Oxford University Press New Oxford
Annotated Bible. His forthcoming book, Reading around the Edges:
Biblical Texts, Latino Itineraries takes a special interest in what
the Bible has to say about people on the move, immigrants and
refugees. A frequent television and radio commentator, he
appeared in the award-winning Bill Moyers series, Genesis: A Living
Conversation and also in Secrets of Mary
Noon: Question and Answer Period on the
In this last session of the day, the floor will be opened to treat
any questions which people might have regarding the Bible.
Both Fr. Ruiz and Fr. Griffin will attempt to give context and
clarity to whatever is asked. The hope is that this session
will help give direction so that people can pray and read the Bible
with greater understanding and deeper faith.