Code Course Credits
RELS 500 (300) RELS 500 (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)

3.00
RELS 511 (311) RELS 511 (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.

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 101. (3-0; 0-0)

3.00
RELS 515 (415) RELS 515 (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.

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

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

3.00
RELS 520 (320) RELS 520 (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)

3.00
RELS 521 (LATN 211) RELS 521 (LATN 211) - Biblical and Ecclesiastical Latin

An introduction to Latin grammar and the basic vocabulary of medieval ecclesiastical Latin. The one-or two-semester program of study is designed to prepare the student for independent reading in Jerome's Latin Vulgate, the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, and other medieval texts of moderate difficulty.

NB: taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.

Prerequisite(s): None, but completion of 211 normally required for 212. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 522 (LATN 212) RELS 522 (LATN 212) - Biblical and Ecclesiastical Latin

An introduction to Latin grammar and the basic vocabulary of medieval ecclesiastical Latin. The one-or two-semester program of study is designed to prepare the student for independent reading in Jerome's Latin Vulgate, the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas, and other medieval texts of moderate difficulty.

NB: taught at Redeemer Pacific College, an approved TWU learning centre.

Prerequisite(s): None, but completion of 211 normally required for 212. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 523 (423) RELS 523 (423) - Apocalyptic Literature

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

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

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

3.00
RELS 525 (425) RELS 525 (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.

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

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

3.00
RELS 528 (235) RELS 528 (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.

Cross-listed: GREE 235.

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

3.00
RELS 529 (329) RELS 529 (329) - Elementary New Testament Greek

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

Cross-listed: GREE 329

Prerequisite(s): RELS/GREE 235.(3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 531 (331) RELS 531 (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.

Cross-listed: GREE 331, 332.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 235, 329. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 532 (332) RELS 532 (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.

Cross-listed: GREE 331, 332.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 235, 329 and 331. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 536 (336) RELS 536 (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.

Cross-listed: HEBR 336

Prerequisite(s): RELS/HEBR 245(3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 537 (337) RELS 537 (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.

NB: Formerly RELS 431, 432.Cross-listed: HEBR 337, 338.

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

3.00
RELS 538 (338) RELS 538 (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.

NB: Formerly RELS 431, 432.

Cross-listed: HEBR 337, 338.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 245, 336. RELS 337 is a prerequisite for RELS 338. (3-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 540 (340) RELS 540 (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.

3.00
RELS 541 (341) RELS 541 (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.

NB: Not offered every year. See Department chair.

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

3.00
RELS 542 (342) RELS 542 (342) - Psalms & Wisdom Literature

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.

3.00
RELS 545 (245) RELS 545 (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.

NB: Formerly RELS 335.

Cross-listed: HEBR 245

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

3.00
RELS 546 (446) RELS 546 (446) - Hebrew Prophets

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.

3.00
RELS 548 (448) RELS 548 (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.

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

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

3.00
RELS 549 (449) RELS 549 (449) - Old Testament Seminar

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

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102 and third or fourth year standing. (3-0; 0-0)

3.00
RELS 551 (351) RELS 551 (351) - Life and Teachings of Jesus

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

3.00
RELS 552 (352) RELS 552 (352) - Life & Letters of Paul

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

3.00
RELS 553 (453) RELS 553 (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)

3.00
RELS 554 (454) RELS 554 (454) - Johannine Writings

An introductory study of the major historical and literary problems of the writings traditionally ascribed to John: the Gospel of John, Johannine Epistles, and the Book of Revelation. In addition, attention is given to their thought and symbolism.

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

3.00
RELS 556 (456) RELS 556 (456) - New Testament Seminar

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

NB: Not offered every year. See department chair. 404 TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY | Academic Calendar 2019-20

Prerequisite(s): RELS 101, 102, and third or fourth year standing. (0-0; 3-0)

3.00
RELS 611 RELS 611 - Advanced Old Testament Exegesis

The principles of Hebrew exegesis are reviewed and applied to several examples of the genres found within the Old Testament.Prerequisite(s): A minimum of two years of Hebrew. With the instructor's consent, second year Hebrew Readings may be taken as a corequisite.

3.00
RELS 612 RELS 612 - Advanced Old Testament Seminar

Old Testament Seminar presupposes RELS 611 (or equivalent) and is offered every spring semester. Seminar topics are selected from the following: Old Testament Textual Criticism, Genesis, Exodus, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Daniel, Psalms, Chronicles and the Rewritten Bible, Inner-Biblical Exegesis, History of the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Hebrew Bible, and Old Testament Theology. Among other things, students are asked to research and report on various aspects of the seminar topic. One of the purposes of the course is to acquaint students with current issues in the field and to encourage the development of critical thinking.

3.00
RELS 621 RELS 621 - Advanced New Testament Exegesis

The principles of Greek exegesis are reviewed and applied to several examples of the genres found within the New Testament.Prerequisite(s): A minimum of two years of Greek. With the instructor's consent, second year Greek Readings may be taken as a corequisite.

3.00
RELS 622 RELS 622 - Advanced New Testament Seminar

New Testament Seminar presupposes RELS 621 (or equivalent) and is offered every spring semester. Seminar topics are selected from the following: Matthew, Luke-Acts, Prison Epistles, Hebrews, Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Apocryphal Gospels and the New Testament, the Septuagint and the New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, the Targums and the New Testament, Anti-Semitism and the New Testament, and New Testament Theology. Students are asked to research various aspects of the seminar topic and report back to the seminar. One of the purposes of the course is to acquaint students with current issues in the field and to encourage the development of critical thinking.

3.00
RELS 631 RELS 631 - The Deuteronomistic History

This course reviews the emergence, aims, and interpretive techniques of the Deuteronomistic history, including the (re)interpretation of Mosaic, conquest and royal traditions. Of special interest is the presentation of the founding and confirming of the Davidic dynasty.

3.00
RELS 632 RELS 632 - Historical Jesus

This course reviews several of the most promising recent developments in Jesus research. Sources, the criteria of authenticity, Jesus’ contemporaries, and Jesus’ understanding of the Kingdom receive emphasis. Special attention is given to the Dead Sea Scrolls and their relevance for Jesus research.

3.00
RELS 633 RELS 633 - Themes of the Pentateuch

This course reviews the principal themes of the Pentateuch, emphasizing the presentation of Yahweh as Creator and covenant Maker. Critical interpretation of the Pentateuch, including the classic statement of the Documentary Hypothesis, is assessed.

3.00
RELS 634 RELS 634 - Mark

This course reviews recent research in the Gospel of Mark as it pertains to Mark’s community and its interpretation of the Jesus tradition, as well as to the question of the historicity of Mark’s presentation of the story of Jesus.

3.00
RELS 640 RELS 640 - Advanced Greek Readings

This course exposes students to a variety of Greek texts that are important for understanding the language and literature of the Greek New Testament. These texts include the Septuagint, papyri, inscriptions, and various extra-biblical writings such as the apocryphal gospels. Students are led to appreciate the literary conventions and genres of the Greco-Roman world.

3.00
RELS 641 RELS 641 - Isaiah

This course reviews the historical prophet Isaiah and the political circumstances in which he lived. It also considers the subsequent formation of the Book of Isaiah, including its various components and perspectives, its unified message and various features of inner-interpretation.

3.00
RELS 642 RELS 642 - Romans

This course explores the nature of Paul’s argument in his letter to the Roman Christians, with special emphasis on the apostle’s scriptural defence of the Christian gospel and his understanding of the relationship of Gentiles to Israel.

3.00
RELS 643 RELS 643 - Psalms

This course examines the Psalms as the primary window into Israel’s worship, especially during the pre-exilic period. Features of both corporate and individual faith are brought to light.

3.00
RELS 644 RELS 644 - John

This course reviews the various questions of sources, relationship to the Synoptic Gospels, Christology, use of the Old Testament, religious background, and early Jewish/Christian polemic.

3.00
RELS 645 RELS 645 - Wisdom Literature

This course offers an analysis of the biblical and intertestamental wisdom literature with a special emphasis on the Book of Ecclesiastes, i.e. Qohelet.

Prerequisite(s): Knowledge of Hebrew (RELS 245 and 336)

3.00
RELS 647 RELS 647 - The Dead Sea Scrolls

This course surveys the Dead Sea Scrolls and the light they shed on Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. Themes of major sectarian scrolls are studied; recently published scrolls and fragments are evaluated.

3.00
RELS 648 RELS 648 - Advanced Greek Studies

This course introduces students to various technical features involved in the study of New Testament Greek. These studies include treatment of aspects of advanced Greek grammar, textual criticism, the influence of the Septuagint on the New Testament, the literary and linguistic influence of literary Greek on the New Testament, and the relevance of Greek study for New Testament exegesis.

RELS 649 RELS 649 - Rabbinic Literature

This course introduces the student to the most important rabbinic writings (e.g., Mishnah, Talmud, and the Midrashim). Sessions consist of readings and introductory lectures concerned with the origin and editing of this literature, its purposes, and the types of scriptural and logical arguments employed. Selected writings are studied in greater depth; depending on the makeup of the class, some passages are read in Hebrew and others in English.

3.00
RELS 650 RELS 650 - Introduction to Biblical Archaeology

This course is scheduled as the Summer session study tour of Israel (cf. RELS 350). It offers students the opportunity to study important topographical and archaeological sites, including digs in progress, and to view several important finds in the Israel National Museum.

3.00
RELS 652 RELS 652 - Syriac

The course offers students an introduction to Syriac. Although the emphasis falls on the Peshitta, students are exposed to other Syriac writings.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of Hebrew and may, at the instructor’s discretion, require a minimum of 3 to 6 sem. hrs. of Aramaic.

3.00
RELS 655 RELS 655 - Introduction to Aramaic

This course, which presupposes a minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of Biblical Hebrew, offers students an introduction to Biblical, Qumranic, and Targumic Aramaic.

3.00
RELS 656 RELS 656 - Readings in Aramaic

This course, which presupposes RELS 655, guides students through selected readings in Biblical, Qumranic, and Targumic Aramaic.

3.00
RELS 658 RELS 658 - Mishnaic and Qumranic Hebrew

This course, which presupposes a minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of Hebrew, offers students an introduction to Mishnaic and Qumranic Hebrew and guides students through selected readings.

3.00
RELS 660 RELS 660 - Biblical Interpretation in the 16th Century

This course introduces students to the principles and practice of Biblical interpretation during the Reformation period. Of special interest are the commentaries and scriptural arguments in support of important doctrines.

3.00
RELS 670 RELS 670 - Pre-Nicene Christianity

A detailed examination of the background and development of Christian thought and life in the period spanning the Apostolic Fathers through to 410 TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY | Academic Calendar 2019-20 the Council of Nicaea (325). The course analyzes the complex formulation of Pre-Nicene Christianity through the writings some of its most influential thinkers, leaders, and movements (both orthodox and heretical) with an eye toward identifying major developments in early Christian theology and practice. An attempt is also made to understand the variety of Christianities which contended for dominance as the church strove to define itself and to establish its place in the world.

Cross-listed: HIST 670.

3.00
RELS 671 RELS 671 - Development of Christian Doctrine

Does Christian doctrine necessarily develop or is it delivered once and for all in the Bible? This question forms the main concern of this course as it exposes students to the idea of doctrinal development in Christian theology. Through a selection of ideas, persons, issues, and institutions that have contributed to the idea of doctrinal development it encourages students to grapple with the inevitable change of history as it relates to Christian doctrine.

3.00
RELS 680 RELS 680 - Additional Topics 3.00
RELS 690 RELS 690 - Research Design

Research Design introduces students to the principles of topic selection and thesis development. Special instructions regarding either Old Testament or New Testament thesis development are provided.

1.00
RELS 691 RELS 691 - Thesis I

In Thesis I, which presupposes RELS 690, the student, in frequent consultation with his/her advisor, selects a thesis topic and begins research. The completion of an annotated bibliography, a summary of relevant scholarly views, and original translation(s) of relevant primary texts are required.

4.00
RELS 692 RELS 692 - Thesis II

In Thesis II, which presupposes RELS 691, students work toward the completion of their thesis. Minimally, a first draft should be completed. No grade is assigned for RELS 692 until the thesis is finished, accepted, and successfully defended. If the thesis is not completed and defended in the spring semester or the following summer, the student is to continue in the program by registering for RELS 695.

4.00

New courses to be added in Fall 2020.

CODE COURSE CREDITS STREAM
RELS 5XX (361) History of Christianity I 3 CT
RELS 5XX (362) History of Christianity II 3 CT
RELS 5XX (465) Influential Thinkers in the Christian Tradition 3 CT
RELS 5XX (466) The Church Fathers 3 CT
RELS 5XX (467) The Theology of Karl Barth 3 CT
RELS 5XX (475) Christianity and Culture 3 CT
RELS 5XX (476) Christian Worldviews in Historical and Cultural Context 3 CT
RELS 5XX (477) New Testament Canon: Development and Theology 3 NT, CT
RELS 5XX (381) Contemporary Christianity 3 CT
RELS 6XX History of Christian Doctrine 3 CT
RELS 6XX Early & Mediaveal Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Reformation Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Modern Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Method in Theology 3 NT, CT
RELS 6XX Theologies of Liberation 3 CT
RELS 6XX Special Topics in Christian Thought 3 CT
RELS 6XX Major Paper 5 OT, NT, CT, BRL, BB