Catholic Biblical School

Let the Word of God transform you. 

"Completing the Catholic Biblical School is my accomplishment of which I am the proudest, ranking with medical school and publishing scientific papers. Not only have I read the whole Bible, but I've gained an understanding of it that I would never have achieved on my own."

-Steven Scott, CBS '13 

 

 

Our flagship continuing education program, the Catholic Biblical School, immerses committed learners in a four-year program of Bible study and analysis that examines every book of the Bible. 

Designed especially for deacons, religious education teachers, lectors, and leaders of Bible study groups, adults of all education levels are welcome. Learn how to interpret the Bible in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church and in light of modern Biblical scholarship. Integrate Bible study with prayer and Christian living to cultivate a closer relationship with God's revealed word, and experience fellowship with others who also hunger for a better understanding of the Sacred Scriptures.

Find the right program for you. 

The program, which is split into 12 modules over 4 years, is designed to fit into various schedules, with both online and onsite options. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish.

Study onsite with CBS at UD

The Dallas - Fort Worth onsite program is meant for individuals in the DFW area who want to take their CBS courses at the University of Dallas or another parish in the area. These classes meet for two hours a week.

Study online with CBS worldwide

Our online courses are taught by acclaimed University of Dallas faculty known for their serious, academic, and faith-filled work. Students engage with classmates through online discussion boards and watch relevant lectures posted by professors. Class, which is split into three 10-week modules, opens the week of September 6 and ends the week of May 8. Online classes are held asynchronously. 

Register today! The course fee for CBS online is $745. 

Already registered? Visit the Student Resources pages for more details on the books needed for your course, how to order your books, how to complete your summer assignment, and specific pages for your courses.

Escuela Bíblica Católica

The Escuela Bíblica Católica is the same curriculum of the Catholic Biblical School, only taught in Spanish. It is offered throughout DFW and at several dioceses across the U.S. in partnership with the Catholic Extension Society.

 

Bishop Farrell“ In the diocese of Dallas, we are fortunate to have at our service the Catholic Biblical School of the University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry. So many times people seek a Catholic Bible study. For them, I am glad to recommend the Catholic Biblical School. ”- Rev. Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas

About the Courses 

 

The Catholic Biblical School is split into 12 10-week modules over 4 years. Classes begin in late August and end in May each year. The first two years of the CBS program, focus on the biblical books that form the foundation of both the Old and New Testaments. Years three and four of the program cover the remaining books of the bible, emphasizing their contexts and principle themes. While starting at the beginning of the four year cycle is encouraged, a student can join the program at any point. Students completing the requirements of all four years of the Catholic Biblical School program will receive a Certificate of Advanced Biblical Studies from the School of Ministry. 

Old Testament Foundations—Genesis through Kings

  • Module 1: Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers
  • Module 2: Deuteronomy and Genesis
  • Module 3: Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, and 1 & 2 Kings

New Testament Foundations—Jesus and Discipleship

  • Module 4: Mark and Luke
  • Module 5: Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline letters
  • Module 6: John, Johannine letters [1 John; 2 John; 3 John], and Revelation

Exile and Restoration

  • Module 7: Amos, Hosea, I Isaiah, Micah, Zephaniah, Nahum, and Jeremiah
  • Module 8: Lamentations, Obadiah, Ezekiel, II-III Isaiah, Haggai, Ezra, and Nehemiah
  • Module 9: 1 & 2 Chronicles, Joel, Malachi, Ruth, Song of Songs, and Psalms

The Word in the Hellenistic World

  • Module 10: Proverbs, Habakkuk, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and Book of Wisdom
  • Module 11: Jonah, Esther, Tobit, Baruch, 1 & 2 Maccabees, Judith, and Daniel
  • Module 12: Matthew, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, and Hebrews 

 

Catholic Biblical School“ I encourage others to join the program and to really take part in this knowledge and spiritual journey of faith. You will not regret taking the time to do this for yourself. ”- Julie Worch, CBS '15

 

Our approach to scripture is rigorous, scholarly and in conformity with the best of Catholic biblical tradition. CBS is guided by the directives of Scripture study as given in the Vatican II document, Dei Verbum (1965), and in more recent documents by the Pontifical Biblical Commission such as The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church (1993), andThe Jewish People and Their Sacred Scriptures in the Christian Bible (2002).

The Neuhoff School of Ministry at University of Dallas is pleased to have the support of Rev. Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas. Read Bishop Farrell's entire letter of support.  

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