2000-Q Introduction to the Old Testament: This course provides an overview of the Old Testament. The purpose is two-fold. The first is to familiarize students with the content, historical context and theology of the Old Testament. The second is to introduce students to certain methodologies and resources that help us to understand and interpret the Old Testament. No previous scriptural study is expected or required.
2055-Q The Prophets of the Old Testament: A study of many of the prophets of the Old Testament. The course examines the political, economic, and religious context in which each prophet lived as well as how these factors shaped the prophets’s message. Special attention is given to certain elements of theology - in particular, the image or understanding of God that is suggested by the prophet’s words and writings.
Prerequisite: 2000-Q Introduction to the Old Testament.
2200-Q Introduction to the New Testament: This course offers an overview of the New Testament. The first is to familiarize students with the content, historical context and theology of the New Testament, with an emphasis on the four gospels and the Pauline letters. The second is to introduce students to certain methodologies or reading strategies that help us to understand and interpret the New Testament. No previous scriptural study is expected or required.
2212-Q Portraits of Jesus: This course provides an introductory overview of the life and teachings of Jesus as presented in the gospels. The aim of the course is three-fold: (1) to examine specific aspects of the life of Jesus including the birth narratives, parables, miracles, preaching, passion, etc.; (2) to introduce students to the portraits of Jesus that have emerged over the centuries; (3) and to grapple with our old and new images to form our own portrait of Jesus.
Prerequisite: 2000-Q Introduction to the New Testament
2225-Q: The Gospel of John: This course provides an introductory overview of the Gospel of John. Having examined the pertinent introductory issues, special emphasis will be given to major themes such as Signs, Christology, Johannine-Synoptic Relationships, Eschatology, Duality, Discipleship, Symbolism and Faith
2255-Q Paul: His Life and His Letters: This course provides an introduction to the Pauline Corpus. It is designed to equip students with background informationon the world in which Paul lived, and to examine the major issues and themes of Paul’s letters.
2310-Q Biblical Studies Women in the Ancient World: This course will explore the lives, roles and contributions of women from the early Greek period to the earlyRoman Empire. Special attention will be given to women in the Old and New Testaments. (cross-listed with 2110-Q Historical Studies)
2316-Q New Testament Methodology: This course will examine the themes and stylistic features of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke by applying the methodological tools of source and redaction criticism. Through the implementation of these methodological tools students will see for themselves the uniqueness of each gospel and their distinct portrayal of Jesus and the gospel message.