The Augustine Institute Short Courses bring you the orthodox and engaging instruction that has been enjoyed by over a thousand students since 2005, but at a fraction of the cost and time of a full graduate course. Each Short Course includes three to four hours of high-quality video instruction together with reading assignments that are modest in length but generous in depth and beauty.

What's Included

  • Interactive lessons, featuring guided presentations and videos
  • A top Catholic professor and theologian as your instructor
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Welcome to the Course

    • Course Overview

    • About the Instructor

    • Course Requirements

  • 2

    Session 1: What is the Bible? (God Speaks to Us)

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 3

    Session 2: The Story Begins

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 4

    Session 3: The Rescue Plan

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 5

    Session 4: Five Covenants

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 6

    Session 5: Two Exiles

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 7

    Session 6: Three Temples

    • Video & Discussion

    • Presentation Slides

    • Additional Resources

    • Office Hours

    • Check for Understanding

  • 8

    Conclusion

    • Congratulations!

Instructor

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture

Mark Giszczak

I have the great blessing to be a professor at my alma mater, the Augustine Institute, where I have been teaching since 2010. I have a passion for Scripture and I love helping Catholics read, pray, and understand the Bible. We have such a rich treasury in God’s word and yet so much of it remains unexplored by so many. I want to help others drink deeply from Scripture as a source of spiritual sustenance. In particular, I am deeply interested in the oft-overlooked texts of the Old Testament. I wrote my dissertation on the characters in the Song of Songs and in my research, I continue to explore the fascinating details of this biblical book and many others. In 2015, I wrote a book on the tough parts of the Bible called Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture. I have also contributed to the Augustine Institute’s Bible in a Year and to the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. I write regularly on my blog, CatholicBibleStudent.com, and occasionally at CatholicExchange.com. I have written introductions to every book of the Bible, hosted at Catholic News Agency. You can also find me on my YouTube channel, on my podcast, or on Twitter.

FAQ

  • Is the course tuition refundable?

    We're certain you'll be inspired and edified by this course. However, if you're not satisfied with the quality of course content, please contact customer service.

  • What are the technical requirements?

    The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.

  • Can I learn at my own pace?

    All aspects of the course are self-running so you can learn any time, any place.

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Through this course, you will come to understand the story of the Old Testament at a deeper level.