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Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 RELS 100

Introduction to Christianity

RELS 100 is designed to be preliminary to either RELS 101 or 102, and is shaped for first or second year students who are not Religious Studies majors. This course serves as an introduction to the foundational documents, persons, and events of Christianity. Class sessions are specifically designed for students who are unfamiliar with the biblical, theological and historical narrative of Christianity and with the role that it has played in the development of western culture.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None; not open to students who have received credit for RELS 101 and/ or 102 **RELS 100 counts as one of the Religious Studies courses to be taken in TWU core requirements for graduation.**
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 226

Gender and the Bible—Text, Tradition, and Interpretation

Focuses on issues related to gender (including such topics as the roles and relationships of female and male characters in the Bible) within the contexts of the ancient Near East, Second Temple Judaism, the Greco-Roman world, the Jesus movement and the early Church. Also provides opportunity for the study and critique of the transmission and interpretation of these traditions within the early, medieval, Reformation, and contemporary eras.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0; 0-0)
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 250

New Testament Book Study

An exegetical study of a selected Old Testament or New Testament book. A New Testament book study is offered every fall (RELS 250) and an Old Testament book study every spring (RELS 240).

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102
2021-2022 RELS 261

Holy Spirit, Church, and Last Things

Every area of human life requires a solid theological foundation, consisting of both an informed understanding of Christian doctrine and the ability to view life through the lens of Christian commitment. By exploring three major foci of systematic theology—the doctrines of the Holy Spirit (pneumatology), the church (ecclesiology), and last things (eschatology)—in the light of Scripture, the theological heritage of the Church, and the contemporary context, this course seeks to develop the student’s expertise as a theologically informed Christian for the sake of their life and service to God.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): RELS 101 or 102; RELS 160. (3-0 or 3-0)
NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.
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 275

Vatican I to Today

A critical survey of the teachings of Vatican I, Catholic social thought, Vatican II, Humanae Vitae, and recent papal encyclicals. This course evaluates the Catholic Church’s engagement with late modern global society and considers the challenges posed to the Church’s ongoing relevance in diverse social contexts.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None. (0-0; 3-0)
2021-2022 RELS 285

Introduction to Missions

This course introduces basic concepts in missiology. Foundational notions from Old Testament and New Testament theology of missions are explored. As well, this course considers the rise and development of the missionary movement from apostolic times to the present. Issues arising from applied anthropology as it relates to cross-cultural communication are also developed. Special emphasis is given to discussion of important trends and select strategies in contemporary world mission.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None
2021-2022 RELS 296

Interacting with Western Worldviews

An evaluation of Christianity’s dependence on modernity, the contributions of worldviews that shape our world, contributions of the Enlightenment period, responses of religious pluralism and postmodernism in the quest for a new cosmology as well as Gnosticism in the history of Christian thought, and particularly in the New Age movement and in creation spirituality.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): At least second year standing. (0-0; 3-0)
NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.
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