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Our Father’s Plan

Our Father's Plan is the best beginner’s gateway we can think of into the biblical ideas of salvation history and the New Covenant. By Scott Hahn and Jeff Cavins. Each installment lasts about 55 minutes. To listen to this online audio course on your home computer, you’ll need to first download a free Real Audio Player. Tapes and a study guide that goes along with this course are available from St. Joseph Communications.


1. Reading Through The Bible
2. History of the Early World
3. Patriarchs
4. Israel In Egypt
5. Conquest Of Canaan
6. Judges
7. United Kingdom
8. Divided Kingdom
9. The Exile
10. Gospels 1
11. Gospels 2
12. Acts of the Apostles 1
13. Acts of the Apostles 2

Catholic - Beginner 1. Reading Through The Bible
You could open up the Bible and start reading but do you know where you should start? Scott and Jeff help you start to read the Bible in chronological order, introducting you to biblical history. They outline four key theological concepts and foundation principals and the six covenants that form the basic structure of biblical history.

Catholic - Beginner 2. History of the Early World
Reading the first 11 chapters of Genesis and finding in them the main themes of the Bible.

Catholic - Beginner 3. Patriarchs
Scott and Jeff look at God's covenant with Abraham, taking biblical history through the arrival of the children of Abraham in Egypt.

Catholic - Beginner 4. Israel In Egypt
Israel’s Exodus out of Egypt, the wandering in the desert, and the covenant at Mount Sinai are the topics.

Catholic - Beginner 5. Conquest Of Canaan
Looking at the books of Deutoronomy and Numbers, Scott and Jeff explore in depth the requirements of the Law of Moses, especially the animal sacrifices.

Catholic - Beginner 6. Judges
The rise and fall of the Israeli nation and the books of Joshua and Judges.

Catholic - Beginner 7. United Kingdom
A look at the monarchy of Israel under Kings Saul, David, and Solomon, as the story unfolds in 1-2 Samuel and 1 Kings.

Catholic - Beginner 8. Divided Kingdom
Jeff and Scott take a look at the rebellion against King Solomon's son and how it resulted in the division of Israel into two (1-2 Kings). They also look at the story of Jonah and the prophets Daniel and Ezekiel.

Catholic - Beginner 9. The Exile
The Israelites’ exile in Babylon and the return from exile to Israel. It’s during the period of the Jews’ return that Judaism begins. Includes a look at the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, who were two of the first to return. Also looks at the prophets of this period: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. Concluding the Old Testament, Scott and Jeff look at the Maccabbean revolt and the books of Maccabbeas.

Catholic - Beginner 10. Gospels 1
An introduction to the New Testament. Includes a consideration of the similarities between Moses and Jesus.

Catholic - Beginner 11. Gospels 2
Scott and Jeff take a look at St. John's Gospel and its symbolic treatment of the sacraments of the Eucharist and Baptism, and show how Jesus connects his work symbolically with the Passover and Exodus of the Jews.

Catholic - Beginner 12. Acts of the Apostles 1
An introduction to the early Church and how the commission to the apostles begins the fulfillment of God’s promises to Abraham.

Catholic - Beginner 13. Acts of the Apostles 2
Scott and Jeff conclude the series with a study of the books of Hebrews and Revelation, especially as they relate to the Church and the Mass.

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