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RST-201-91, Intro to Biblical Studies (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Sister Eileen Eppig, SSND, Ph.D.

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Online (non-synchronous), Mar 20, Apr 10, Apr 24, May 8

In-class, Room G 300, Apr 3, Apr 17, May 1

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Appreciate the Bible as a work of both human and divine origin
  • Identify key elements and contents of the Bible
  • Appreciate the need for 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

METHODS:

1. Readings and audio recordings

2. Discussions

3. Activities

4. Journaling

5. Biblical exegesis paper

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Discussions (20%)

2. Activities (20%)

3. Journal keeping (20%)

4. Biblical exegesis (20%) 

5. Final exam (20%)

6. This course is web-based using “Joule.” All students must log onto to this course on Joule. Please contact me if you need instructions for logging on. EEppig@ndm.edu

REQUIRED TEXTS:

1. A Bible. Recommended translation (if you need to buy one): New Revised Standard Version

2. Marielle Frigge, OSB, Beginning Biblical Studies, Anselm Academic Press, 2009

3. Corrine L. Carvalho, Primer on Biblical Methods, Anselm Academic Press, 2009

4. Articles posted on Joule

ASSIGNMENT TO BE DONE PRIOR TO FIRST CLASS:

(1) Discussion Board: Introduce yourself to the class by composing an autographical paragraph and posting it in the link “Getting to Know You.” Please attach a recent photo of yourself.

(2) Introductory ungraded paper: Submit a one-page paper with your name at the top answering these two questions: (a) With what lens will I receive the material in this class? For example: Am I a Bible reader, a seeker of truth, a church attendee, a skeptic, a spiritual person? (b) What previous knowledge or experience do I bring to this class in terms of the Bible? This paper will receive credit for completion, but not a grade. It will help to give the teacher a sense of the class. Please submit this paper to the forum on Joule or before midnight, 3/13/13.