Course Descriptions - Sacred Scripture

The Cross

Crucifx at Brent Chapel

 

SACRED SCRIPTURE

SS 510  Introduction to the Old Testament 3 Credits

This course will survey the entire Old Testament.  The content and context of each book will be presented briefly.  Major themes will be presented.  Select passages will be chosen for exegesis and discussion.  This course is required for all M.A. and M.A.P.M. students.

SS 520  Introduction to the New Testament 3 Credits

This course will survey the entire New Testament.  The content and context of each book will be presented briefly.  Major themes will be presented.  Select passages will be chosen for exegesis and discussion.  This course is required for all M.A. and M.A.P.M. students.

 

SS 610 Pentateuch and Deuteronomic History 3 credits

A study of the historical context, composition and theology of the historical narrative.  Special attention will be given to the Deuteronomistic redactor.  The books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles will be included. Theologicalthemes, such as creation, promise,  election, covenant, the cycle of sin, judgment, repentance,  salvation, the rise of the monarchy, the great kings and other characters will be examined.

SS 625 The Prophets and Later Historical Books 3 credits

This will include an introductionto the nature of prophecy, the relationship between prophecy and Israel’sinstitutions, and the formation of the prophetic books.  Selected passagesfrom both major and minor prophets will be examined. This course will also cover the historical books not a part of the Deuteronomistic  history, such as Maccabees, Ezra, Nehemiah, etc.

SS 650 Wisdom Literature and Psalms 3 credits

An introduction to the part of the Hebrew Bible called “The Writings”, i.e. an examination of Proverbs, the Book of Job, Qoheleth, Ben Sirah, the Book of Wisdom, and the Song of Songs, among others. Exegesis of selected passages will Be presented.The course will also include an overview of the theology and spirituality of the Book of Psalms.  Theories of Hebrew poetry will be discussed.

SS 710 Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles 3 credits

An introduction to the Synoptic Tradition will be presented with attention to various theories regarding the so-called Synoptic Problem.  The theologies and redactional critical contributions of the Evangelists will be examined.  Acts will be presented due to the Lukan connection.  Exegesis of selected passages will be discussed.

SS 750 Pauline Literature and New Testament Epistles 3 credits

This course will examine the composition and theology of the letters within the Pauline corpus.  The life of Paul and a general discussion of his theological vocabulary will be given before examination of specific epistles.  The remaining epistles of the New Testament (except John) , i.e. James, Jude, Peter and Hebrews will be a part of this course.

SS 760 Johannine Literature and Revelation 3 credits

An examination of the Gospel of John and the Johannine letters in the context of the Johannine community.  This will include an overviewof the composition and theology with special attention given to Christology, ecclesiology, and sacramental theology.  Exegesis of selected passages will beprovided. An introduction to apocalyptic will be given along with an examination of  the composition and theology of the Book of Revelation.  Exegesis of selected passages.

SS800 Selected Questions  3 Credits

A seminar style course which will look at particular themes, questions or issues in any part of the Bible.  The actual material of the course will be determined by the interest of the students enrolled.

SS 990 Directed Study 1-3 credits