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RST-201-20, Intro to Biblical Studies (SU15)

INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Springer

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T2/Tuesday/6-8:45 p.m., 07/07/2015-08/04/2015

CONTENT:  

This course introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  It begins with an explanation of the formation and interpretation of the Bible.  It also explores the history and religious experiences of ancient Israel, the first followers of Jesus, and the early Christian community as recorded in the Bible.  Use of the historical-critical method of studying scripture will be learned and practiced.

If you cannot attend the first class, please do not register for this class.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

*Appreciate the Bible as a work of both human and divine origin

*Appreciate the need for contextual interpretation of the Bible

*Examine a biblical text using historical, literary, and theological analysis

METHODS:

Readings, Discussions, In Class Activities, Biblical Exegesis Paper

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Discussions/Class Participation - 25%

Activities - 25%

Biblical Exegesis - 30%

Final Exam - 20%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

**Marielle Frigge, OSB, Beginning Biblical Studies, REVISED, Anselm Academic Press 2009, 2013

**Marcus Borg, Reading the Bible Again for the First Time, Harper Collins, 2001

**Bible (if purchasing, recommend New Revised Standard Version)

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

None

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

None