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RST-201-90, Intro to Biblical Studies (FA13)

INSTRUCTOR: Jaime Waters

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Asynchronous Online, 09/07/2013-12/14/2013

CONTENT:

The 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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The faculty member and students will work together to achieve the following learning objectives during the course. On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

-Identify key elements and contents of the Bible

-Explain the benefit of contextual interpretation of the Bible

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

-Develop a personal statement of one’s approach to the Bible and its interpretation

-Demonstrate critical thinking and college writing as part of the general education curriculum

METHODS:  

This is a “web-based” course so activities and correspondence will be online.  Reliable computer and internet access are required.  Methods used will include: readings and audio recordings, discussions, activities, journaling, and writing a Biblical exegesis paper. [An exegesis paper makes use of Bible commentaries and other sources to attempt to discover what a specific passage in the Bible likely meant at the time it was written.]

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

1. Discussions 17%

2. Activities 17%

3. Journal keeping 16%

4. Biblical exegesis paper 32% 

5. Final exam 18%

This is an online course using Joule. All students must log onto Joule to participate, use their NDM email accounts, and be able to attach Word documents.

The grading scale is as follows:

A 93-100 (Excellent); B+ 87-92 (Superior); B 81-86 (Above Average); C+ 76-80 (Average); C 70-75 (Satisfactory); D 60-69 (Just Passing); F Below 60 (Failure)

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Holy Bible (New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha)

-Marielle Frigge, OSB, Beginning Biblical Studies, Anselm Academic Press, 2009ISBN: 978-1-59982-002-6

-Corrine L. Carvalho, Primer on Biblical Methods, Anselm Academic Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-59982-015-6

-Additional articles posted on Joule

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

Several Biblical commentaries and scholarly journals will be recommended to assist in writing the Biblical exegesis paper.

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

None