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Understanding the Bible

Faculty of Theology >> Theology (General)

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Winter 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
THO 1307 000
Course offered in English
January 09 - April 08 Thursday 13:30 - 16:30 GIG105 Pierre J. LaViolette
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
THO 1307 W00
Course offered in English
January 09 - April 08 Thursday 13:30 - 16:30 Online Pierre J. LaViolette
Summary

This course will introduce the student to:
(1) the historical, geographical and cultural elements related to the
time period spanned by the biblical texts;
(2) the writings of the Old Testament: the Pentateuch, the
historical books, wisdom literature and prophetic literature;
(3) the books of the New Testament: the gospels, the Acts of the
Apostles, the letters of Paul and others, and the Book of
Revelation; and
(4) notions of inspiration, canon, apocrypha, literary forms,
translation and others as they apply to the Bible.

Objectives

This course aims to develop the student’s ability to:
(1) navigate the biblical corpus;
(2) identify and understand key elements of biblical history and
geography;
(3) gain a broad understanding of the content and literary forms of
the books of the Bible; and
(4) acquire the foundation blocks upon which further biblical
studies can be built.

Workload

Viewing/attendance at classes twice a week.
Readings/short assignments in preparation for each class.
Access to the Virtual Campus BB Learn THO 1307 site twice a week.
Two online written term tests.
An online final written exam.

Assessment

All course evaluations will be done online via the BB Learn site.
Term tests: 20% and 30%.
Final exam: 50%.

Mandatory Reading

A Bible in English.
Coogan, Michael. The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction. New
York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. The New Testament: A Very Short
Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

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