The Emmaus Institute exists to encourage and equip God’s faithful for a fruitful and lifelong engagement with Christ in the Scriptures, and to lead others into the same. From teachers and catechists, to priests and religious, to lay faithful everywhere, Emmaus is a resource for learning to meet Jesus the Word in his Words.
At the heart of our course offerings is our Creation to New Creation program, which comprises six ten-week courses in Scripture study, accompained by two five-week courses on Introduction and Interpretation, over the course of three years. The program focuses on the mission modeled by Jesus in his encounter with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Like our Lord, we are committed to coming alongside God’s people, walking together, and discovering together how the whole scriptural drama—from Genesis to Revelation, from Creation to New Creation—reveals the truth about Jesus of Nazareth. And like the two disciples with whom Jesus talked that first Easter, our goal is that all of our hearts, inflamed by the Word of God, “will burn within us,” so that our eyes will be opened to see him “in the breaking of the bread.”
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- Fall Quarter: The Pentateuch (Genesis - Deuteronomy)
- Winter Interterm: Opening the Word (Bible Introduction)
- Spring Quarter: The Historical Books (Joshua - 2 Maccabees)
- Fall Quarter: The Wisdom Books (Job - Sirach)
- Winter Interterm: Hearing the Word (Bible Interpretation)
- Spring Quarter: The Prophetic Books (Isaiah - Malachi)
- Fall Quarter: The Gospels & Acts (Matthew - Acts)
- Spring Quarter: The Letters (Romans - Philemon; Hebrews - Revelation)
This unique three-year program incorporates and builds on two specially designed courses in Bible Introduction (what it is and how we got it) and Bible Interpretation (what it says and how to read it), and it features a serious but lively consideration of all 73 canonical books. Under the motto, “Reading Scripture, Hearing God,” particular attention is given to the ways God speaks and reveals Himself in Christ from every inspired book. The focus of this program from start to finish is on hearing and responding to God’s voice. Sudents who have completed the program testify to its faith-building, life-transforming, and worship-inspiring impact.
1. Who is this program for?
Everyone! Although it serves as a unique resource for those in teaching or formation ministries, it also equips lay individuals to be effective leaders and missionary disciples within their faith communities.
2. How much does the program cost?
One of our primary goals is affordability. A ten-week course is $200 ($150 for religious/clergy) and includes extensive handouts with each class session. In-person students will also have access to the videos for every class, in the event you need to be absent for any reason. If price is an issue at all, please contact us. We want you to have access to this material, this training, and the blessed community which forms around it!
3. I was never a natural in the classroom. Will there be assignments or tests?
Don’t fret. There are no graded tests or assignments in this program. There will be plenty of recommended reading, and there will be opportunities for writing short reflections here and there on a given topic, but these are only to aid your understanding of the material, and they are not required.
4. Can I complete this program online?
Yes! All Creation to New Creation courses are online. You can even take them outside of their given term. Distance students can expect opportunities for online discussion and interactive sessions with the instructors and other online participants.
“I encourage and challenge the Catholic faithful of the Lincoln Dioceseto grow deeper in their faith
through the numerous learning opportunities at the Emmaus Institute for Biblical Studies.
I particularly encourage priests to send teachers and other ministry leaders from their parishes to study at Emmaus
in order to become more fully equipped to be effective missionary disciples and ambassadors of the Gospel in their parishes and schools.”
—The Most Reverend James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln
“The Emmaus Institute, I am convinced, has come to the Kingdom for a time such as this.
Please consider not just supporting The Emmaus Institute, but learning from it and telling others about it.”
—Dr. Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology