Code
Course Credits
RELS 500 RELS 500 - 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.

3.00
RELS 520 RELS 520 - Dead Sea Scrolls

A survey of the texts and major critical issues concerning the scrolls: their origin, interpretation of the Old Testament, and background to the New Testament.

3.00
RELS 532 RELS 532 - Readings in Greek New Testament 3.00
RELS 536 RELS 536 - Elementary Biblical Hebrew 3.00
RELS 537 RELS 537 - Readings in the Hebrew Bible 3.00
RELS 538 RELS 538 - Readings in the Hebrew Bible 3.00
RELS 540 RELS 540 - 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 542 RELS 542 - 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 546 RELS 546 - 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 551 RELS 551 - 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 RELS 552 - 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 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 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 681 RELS 681 - LXX 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.

5.00
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.

6.00

*Program subject to final approval by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education