Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual Teacher Enrichment Day on October 10 at the University of Notre Dame, sponsored by Ave Maria Press. Dr. Smith-Christopher is a Professor at Loyola Marymount University specializing in the Hebrew scriptures. Below he offers some advice on reading the Old Testament.
· God created a good world.
· God has blessed human life.
· Humanity has a tendency to sin.
· God is a God of mercy.
· God keeps promises.
· The covenant binds God to Israel.
· The Law expresses Israel’s bond to God.
· Worship is praise and thanksgiving.
· Religious life is life in community.
· God directs all of human history.
As the introduction to the New American Bible explains, these themes can be applied to our own lives today in the following ways:
· All things in our life must flow from faith.
· Our prayer and our daily life must be one.
· We must respect God’s holiness.
· We must imitate God’s holiness.
· Holiness must be translated into compassion.
· Life is a journey that requires trust in God.
· We are people of the land. (We must take the environment seriously.)
· Faith is a family affair.
· Prayer must fill our lives.
For more information on the Teacher Enrichment Conference and to register, please contact Kerry Circosta.