This course provides students with a general introduction to the academic study of the Bible, with a focus on exegetical practice and methodology, and is intended to prepare students for BS5100: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible and BS 5200: Introduction to the New Testament, as well as other biblical studies courses.
This is a general introductory course to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). By making use of the results of current archaeological and comparative studies, significant attention is placed on the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East and their impact on the development of the Hebrew Bible.
This is a general introductory course to the New Testament with an emphasis on the historical contexts and unique theological perspectives of the individual New Testament texts.
A basic survey course of Jewish literature from the Second Temple period with an examination of intertextual relationships with the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.
This course is the second general course in Old Testament and is required at most of the cooperating seminaries.
The importance of the Psalms in defining the religious thought of the Old Testament is emphasized with particular reference to contemporary scholarship that lays bare the origins and development of the Psalms within their religious and cultural setting.
This course offers a historical study of Paul’s life and letters with special emphasis on Paul the Jew and the extraordinary matrix of Jewish traditions of the Second Temple period as context for Paul’s intellectual and theological engagement.
This course offers a detailed historical study of the Gospel of Mark and its presentation of Jesus as the suffering messiah.
This course offers a detailed historical study of the Gospel of Matthew with its unique emphasis on the Jewishness of Jesus as the son of David messiah, descendant of Abraham, and the Jewishness of Jesus’ earliest followers.
This course offers an in-depth historical critical reading of the two-part New Testament text known as Luke-Acts. Special attention will be given to the author’s unique perspective on justice issues, such as racism, the subversion of cultural expectations of the roles of women, and exploitation of the economically marginalized by the wealthy elite.
This course offers a detailed historical analysis of the Johannine Tradition. The focus of this course is an in-depth study of the Gospel of John, the Letters of John, and the Apocalypse of John.
This course will examine issues of Roman dominance in the Mediterranean world from the second century BCE to the second century CE. Special attention will be given to issues of empirical ideologies of power, wealth, exploitation, and economic marginalization, as these important social and political realities were a concern for conquered peoples enslaved under Roman political and social dominance in this period.
From the various “theologies” of the Bible, you will explore options in developing a holistic understanding of the biblical message from the biblical text itself.
This seminar explores the importance of women, gender issues and cultural constructs regarding women in the Bible and its ancient contexts.
This course is a general survey and critical review of the literature of the Hebrew Bible with emphasis on the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.
This course is a general survey and critical review of the literature of the Christian Scriptures.
This course is an introductory course in the science and art of biblical interpretation. Topics will include hermeneutics, exegetical methodology and associated theories.