Course ID Contains
Academic Program
Academic Year
Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 RELS 101

Introduction to Old Testament Studies

An introduction to the major divisions of the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, and Writings), including an orientation to the following areas in the field of Old Testament studies: inspiration, principles of interpretation, canon, text, world of the Old Testament, historical backgrounds, archeology, theology, criticism, literary forms, and apocryphal writings.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 RELS 102

Introduction to New Testament Studies

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings) within their historical, cultural and literary contexts. This is not a survey course, but aims to introduce students to the field of New Testament while also considering its rich theological relevance, paralleling the orientation toward RELS 101.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 RELS 107

Doctrine and Disciples

An engagement with the central doctrines and disciplines of Christianity as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students will consider an in-depth exposition of the traditional teachings of the Church as handed down in the Nicene Creed, and how these core beliefs shape the central practices of Christian life such as the sacraments, charitable living, and prayer.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)
2021-2022 RELS 160

Introduction to Theology

What do Christians believe about God and what are their grounds for holding these beliefs? Introduction to Christian theology places Christian theology in the broader context of religion and invites students to consider their own beliefs in the context of the broader Christian theological tradition and to explore their relationship to scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. Students are encouraged to consider the importance and relevance of Christian theology in academic and ecclesial contexts with special to spiritual formation.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 RELS 222

Israelite Religion

A study of the New Testament writings in their historical setting and chronological sequence with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101
2021-2022 RELS 224

New Testament Theology

A study of the New Testament writings in their historical setting and chronological sequence with the goal of acquiring knowledge of their theological unity and diversity.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 102
2021-2022 RELS 235

Elementary New Testament Greek

This course comprises an introduction to Hellenistic (Koiné) Greek that is designed to prepare the student for reading the Greek New Testament with linguistic aptitude, as well as developing a cultural intelligence pertaining to the ancient people and history that gave rise to the biblical text. Students will explore and investigate linguistic theories and ideas related to the script, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, as well as evaluate and compare differences and similarities that exist between the Ancient Greco-Roman and Jewish cultures and our own contemporary culture.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
Cross-listed: GREE 235
2021-2022 RELS 245

Elementary Biblical Hebrew

An introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, designed to prepare the student for serious study of the Hebrew Bible as an item of both ancient and ongoing cultural, historical, and theological significance.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
NB: Formerly RELS 335.
Cross-listed: HEBR 245
2021-2022 RELS 271

Western World Religions

An analytical and critical study of the phenomena, the conceptual patterns, and the sacred texts of some of the major Western religions. Each religion is studied as a total perspective for life, which is embodied in interpersonal and communal life, in cult, and in ideology. This course provides a general introduction to the study of world religions as well as an historical and structural survey of Judaism, Islam, Christianity and new religions in the West. The subject matter is approached from an emic anthropological standpoint—that is, the history, belief and practice of each religious group will be examined in detail, as if the student was living within that religious context.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
2021-2022 RELS 272

Eastern World Religions

An analytical and critical study of the phenomena, the conceptual patterns, and the sacred texts of some of the major Eastern religions. Each religion is studied as a total perspective for life, which is embodied in interpersonal and communal life, in cult, and in ideology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
2021-2022 RELS 300

Princip. of Biblical Interpretation

A study of the principles of biblical interpretation used in both the Jewish and Christian traditions, including the application of these methods to the major literary genres of the Bible.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Formerly RELS 200
2021-2022 RELS 311

History of Ancient Israel

A study of the various eras of the history of the Hebrew people in the Old Testament period, including a survey of attempted historical reconstructions. Attention is given to such features as pre-history, nationalism, government, and social institutions.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 320

Dead Sea Scrolls

A survey of the literary, social, cultural, political, and religious contexts of the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) and their role in recovering the historical development of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and early Jewish and Christian identities in antiquity.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 329

Elementary New Testament Greek

A continuing study of Koine Greek that is designed to prepare the student for reading the Greek New Testament.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS/GREE 235
Cross-listed: GREE 329
2021-2022 RELS 331

Readings in the Greek New Testament

A reading of selected texts from the New Testament, including a study of Greek syntax and an introduction to exegetical methodology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 235, 329
Cross-listed: GREE 331, 332
2021-2022 RELS 332

Readings in the Greek New Testament

A reading of selected texts from the New Testament, including a study of Greek syntax and an introduction to exegetical methodology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 235, 329 and 331
Cross-listed: GREE 331, 332
2021-2022 RELS 336

Elementary Biblical Hebrew

A continuing study of the grammar and vocabulary of biblical Hebrew, designed to prepare the student for serious reading and study of the Hebrew Bible.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS/HEBR 245
Cross-listed: HEBR 336
2021-2022 RELS 337

Readings in the Hebrew Bible

A reading of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible, including a study of Hebrew syntax and an introduction to exegetical methodology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 245, 336. RELS 337 is a prerequisite for RELS 338.
NB: Formerly RELS 431, 432.
Cross-listed: HEBR 337, 338
2021-2022 RELS 338

Readings in the Hebrew Bible

A reading of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible, including a study of Hebrew syntax and an introduction to exegetical methodology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 245, 336. RELS 337 is a prerequisite for RELS 338.
NB: Formerly RELS 431, 432.
Cross-listed: HEBR 337, 338
2021-2022 RELS 340

Current Issues in Biblical Theology

An examination of the topics currently being discussed in biblical theology, such as the possibility and methodology of a biblical theology, apocalyptic and eschatology, covenant and election, redemption and freedom, worship, church, the righteousness of God, history, society, law and gospel, faith, canon, life and death, suffering, creation, atonement and reconciliation, sin and guilt, wisdom, and worldview.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair.
2021-2022 RELS 341

The Pentateuch

A study of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible with special reference to introduction, exegesis, and history. Attention is given to their historical and theological significance for both Judaism and Christianity.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 342

Psalms and Wisdom Literature

An introduction to the place, function, and form of the Psalms and wisdom literature within the context of other ancient Near Eastern literature, including an analysis of selected examples such as Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 351

Life and Teaching of Jesus

A study of the life of Jesus through the eyes of the four evangelists, with special reference to Jesus' teaching on God, man, the Kingdom, righteousness, and prayer. An evaluation of the extra-biblical view of the person of Jesus.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
2021-2022 RELS 352

Life and Letters of Paul

A study of the world, life, and mission of Paul, including an analysis of the central message of the Pauline epistles in their historical setting and chronological order.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102.
NB: Not offered every year See Department chair.
2021-2022 RELS 384

Religion, Contextualization, and Culture Change

A study of the history of contextualization from biblical to modern times, exploring significant models and paradigms of prominent thinkers and evaluating these adaptations and innovations. Also, the social and spiritual dynamics of culture change are examined, with a view to analyzing those processes which help to make the Gospel relevant in the constantly changing world in which we live.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 285
2021-2022 RELS 386

Global Theologies

This course seeks to extend the study of theology to the manner in which non-Western communities of Christians endeavour to shape their world by their faith. Special emphasis is given to examining Christology and Soteriology from a cross-cultural perspective and to the manner by which both Western and non-Western traditions may interact to enrich hermeneutics, missiology, and biblical and systematic theology.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 285 or instructor's consent.
2021-2022 RELS 415

Intertestamental Literature

A study of the intertestamental Judaic literature, noting the relationships between this literature and the Old Testament and New Testament and showing how this literature serves as an important background for the study of the New Testament documents.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 423

Apocalyptic Literature

A study of the origin, form, and function of apocalyptic literature as well as important motifs and themes.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 425

Pauline Theology

A survey of the general contours of Paul's thinking and a closer examination of one particular aspect of his theology, such as the origins of his gospel, the problem of coherence and contingency, his apostleship, his missionary 403 TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY | Academic Calendar 2019-20 strategy, his Christology, or the theology of one of his letters.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 446

Hebrew Prophets

An introduction to the origin, function, and meaning of the Hebrew prophets through a survey of the prophetic writings of the Hebrew Bible, including a discussion of the relationship to the historical periods in which they were composed and their theological significance within Judaism and Christianity.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 448

Ancient Near East and the Old Testament

A study of selected ancient Near Eastern texts and their relevance for the exegesis of the Old Testament.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 449

Old Testament Seminar

This course is a study of selected topics that are currently under examination in the field of Old Testament studies.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102 and third or fourth year standing. )
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 453

Synoptic Gospels and Acts

A study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, focusing on the gospel form and the message of the individual gospels in their historical context. In addition, the Acts of the Apostles is considered with a view to better understanding the Church's birth and expansion.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 454

Writings and Theology of John

A study of the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the New Testament documents often categorized in biblical studies as “The Johannine Writings,” which comprise the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and Revelation. Important considerations include their distinctive and collective contributions to the formation of Christian thought and identity in antiquity and today.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
2021-2022 RELS 456

New Testament Seminar

A study of selected topics that are currently under examination in the field of New Testament studies.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102, and third or fourth year standing.
NB: Not offered every year See department chair
2021-2022 RELS 477

New Testament Canon: Development and Theology

Investigates the theological implications of the historical development of the New Testament canon. Stress is laid upon the contextual reading of primary source evidence and its interpretation in important secondary source literature. New Testament canon development is explored as it relates to the Rule of Faith, the early councils, creeds, and the church fathers. These relationships are then investigated with a view toward how they influence our understanding of Scripture in the 21st century.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or HIST 361 RELS 362.