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SCR 5131 Hebrew BibleThis course is an introduction to the Hebrew Bible from a theological and exegetical perspective. Students will: (1) familiarize themselves with God’s word as revealed to Israel; (2) understand how contemporary Jews and Christians have appropriated the Hebrew Bible’s teachings and interpret it today; (3) become familiar with various approaches to biblical study, including critical methodologies; (4) gain beginner's competence in biblical exegesis. 3 credits. Dr. Wilson or Dr. Joseph.
SCR 5141 New Testament FoundationsThis course will study the New Testament from theological, hermeneutical, historical and critical perspectives. Topics include: the teachings Jesus, efforts to identify the Jesus of history, the life and teachings of Paul, the theological perspectives of the New Testament writers, and the historical contexts that shaped their message. Attention will be given to contemporary interpretations of New Testament texts based upon an informed understanding of the ancient context for these writings, and some attention will be given to developing exegetical skills. 3 credits. Dr. Arthur or Rev. Isaacs.
SCR 5142 New Testament in ContextOffers fresh and in-depth insights into New Testament writings and theology by responding to contemporary issues and challenges to traditional faith beliefs. Students will study the historical and cultural contexts of the biblical text and examine the role that the New Testament played in shaping Christian thought and western history. We will also look at contemporary challenges to New Testament teachings on Jesus, ethics, the role of women, and the gay heresy. 3 credits. Dr. McLeod.
SCR 5151 World Scriptures and World PeaceThis course studies the major world religions by focusing on their sacred texts as primary sources for belief and practice. Students will become familiar with key scriptural texts and through them explore various points of conflict and convergence between religions. Attention will be given to the hard texts as well as the golden texts that have become meeting-points for peace. The main focus of this course will be on the Abrahamic religions and their scriptures: the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an. 3 credits. Drs. Wilson and Arthur.