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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 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