Course Credits
GREE 235 GREE 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.
This course will not only encourage students to develop a foundational proficiency that aids in their life-long inquiry into the Greek New Testament and the cultures from which it ensued; but will also enable and encourage the creative application of fruit born from such a study into the life of the student in a manner that results in “skillful Christian living”.

Cross-listed: RELS 235. (3-0; 3-0)

GREE 332 GREE 332 - Readings in the Greek New Testament

A reading of selected texts from the Greek New Testament, including a study of syntax and an introduction to exegetical methodology.Cross-listed: RELS 331, 332.Prerequisite(s): GREE 235, 236; or RELS 235, 236. GREE 331 is a prerequisite for 332. (3-0; 3-0)

HEBR 245 HEBR 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.

Cross-listed: RELS 245. (3-0; 3-0)

HEBR 337 HEBR 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.Cross-listed: RELS 337, 338.Prerequisite(s): HEBR 245, 246; or RELS 245, 246. HEBR 337 is a prerequisite for 338. (3-0; 3-0)

PHIL 384 PHIL 384 - Suffering and Belief in God

An examination of key issues pertaining to suffering and belief in God. Topics include the problem of evil, arguments from suffering, original sin, everlasting suffering, and providence.Cross-listed: RELS 385.Prerequisite(s): 3 sem. hrs. of Philosophy or third year standing. (3-0; 3-0)

RELS 100 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.

Prerequisite(s): None; not open to students who have received credit for RELS 101 and/ or 102.

Note: RELS 100 counts as one of the Religious Studies courses to be taken in TWU core requirements for graduation.

RELS 101 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.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 102 RELS 102 - Introduction to New Testament Studies

An introduction to the major writings of the New Testament (Synoptic Gospels, Pauline, and Johannine Writings), including an orientation to the field of New Testament studies in the same areas as under RELS 101.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 222 RELS 222 - Israelite Religion

A study of the religious forms and institutions of the Hebrew people during the Old Testament period, including a consideration of the major theological motifs that pervade the Hebrew religion.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 271 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.

Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 272 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.

RELS 285 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.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 300 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.NB: Formerly RELS 200.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 320 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.

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 343 RELS 343 - Issues in Contemporary Culture 3.00
RELS 351 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.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 365 RELS 365 - Christian Moral Theology

Moral theology reflects upon the goodness and evil of human acts, and of the person who performs them, in the light of Divine Revelation and human reason. This course offers an introduction both to mainstream Catholic and evangelical moral theology and contemporary moral issues, emphasizing their common ground and supplementary insights as well as explaining their continuing points of divergence. The course is taught by a Catholic professor, utilizing both Catholic and protestant texts. Specific moral issues to be discussed include abortion, homosexuality, just war, contraception, divorce, euthanasia, poverty and hunger, and the nature and role of the family.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160 or instructor's consent. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 366 RELS 366 - Theology of the Body

This course reviews the roots and evolution of the modern secular approaches to anthropology and human sexuality and contrast them with those of Christ. This course examines recent developments in theological reflection on the body (John Paul II's theology of the body) and provides a general introduction to Christian anthropology, with particular attention to themes such as creation in the imago Dei, fall and redemption, nature and grace, freedom and rationality, gender and vocation. Due note of convergent and divergent doctrinal positions held by various Christian traditions of the themes are reviewed.NB: Course taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.Prerequisite(s): RELS 160. (0-0; 3-0)

RELS 371 RELS 371 - Sociology of Religion

An introduction to the theories and concepts utilized by sociologists to interpret religious behaviour and the organization of religion.Cross-listed: SOCI 331.Prerequisite(s): None. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 381 RELS 381 - Contemporary Christianity

​​Students are invited to investigate some of the most significant theologians and theologies of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries with a view toward how they influence Christianity today. The approach is both inter-confessional and international in scope and seeks to allow students to grapple with important theological issues in local, national, and global contexts.

NB: Formerly RELS 461

Prerequisite(s): Two of RELS 101, 102, or 160. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 453 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.NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102. (3-0; 0-0)

RELS 460 RELS 460 - Current Issues & Trends in Missions

Current missiological themes are studied such as: Missio Dei, Salvation Today, social justice and mission, meaning of evangelism and evangelization, contextualization, liberation themes, missions as inculturation, missions as an ecumenical expression, mobilizing the laity for missions, missions as a theology, and missions as an eschatological hope. The course also examines shifting missiological paradigms within the Conciliar Movement and Evangelical responses.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102; and 285. (3-0 or 3-0)

RELS 465 RELS 465 - Infl Thinkers in Christian Traditio

An introduction to some seminal figures in the Western Christian tradition. The course investigates their thought and intellectual contributions within their socio-political context and experience.Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102 and third year standing. (3-0 or 3-0)