Biblical Courses for the 2009 Fall Session

Course Listings by Level

Crosslisted Courses

1000 Level Courses
SAB1003HF  L6101

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Online Course

Introduction to the Old Testament and its three main units (Law, Prophets, Sapiential Books). Introduced to the biblical world and principles of biblical interpretation through the study of selected passages. Lectures, readings, discussion, three assignments.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Elizabeth Davis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 20
KNB1006HF  L0101

Introduction to Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course presents an overview of the Hebrew canon and explores the content, theological themes, and canonical shaping of selected books. Students will be introduced to the history of interpretation, including dominant critical issues relating to the Old Testament. Additional emphasis will be on interpreting this material as Scripture of the Church. Short exercises, mid-term exam, final paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB1007HF  L0102

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary ministry. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement of the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return. Weekly lectures and discussion, plus mandatory one-hour tutorial; research papers, application paper, class participation.

Schedule: Thursday, 18:30 to 21:30
Instructors: John L. McLaughlin
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorial
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB1007HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary ministry. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement of the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return. Weekly lectures and discussion, plus mandatory one-hour tutorial; research papers, application paper, class participation.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Schedule Notes: Plus one-hour tutorial (TBA)
Instructors: John L. McLaughlin
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorial
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB1008HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament I

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to Old Testament literature and history, with emphasis on application within the church. Lectures and seminars. Readings, written assignments and final paper or exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB1011YY  L0101

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A basic year-long introduction to biblical Hebrew. During the first semester, students cover the first half of the textbook (Pratico & van Pelt, Basics of Biblical Hebrew), learning basic grammatical and syntactical elements of Hebrew as well as a basic working vocabulary. During the second semester, students will complete the textbook and begin translating extended portions of narrative material in the Book of Judges. Workbook assignments, quizzes, class participation, final exam.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Leslie Demson
Other Information: Full Year · Two Credits
SAB1081HF  L0101

New Testament Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader. Lecture/Discussion; paper; mid-term and final exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: J. Chandrakanthan, Tadeusz Nowak
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 5
WYB1501HF  L0101

From the Gospel to the Gospels

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to the four Gospels in their social, historical and theological setting. We will study the Gospels within a two-dimensional framework: social history (the origin and development of Christianiaty as a distinct social entity); and literature ( the formation of the Gospels, their literary form and texture, and their character as "gospel"). Weekly lectures, compulsory tutorial (Thurs. 12-1 pm); assigned papers; final exam or integrative paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB1501HF  L0101

New Testament I

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the major methods and issues in New Testament interpretation: textual criticism; the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Synoptic Gospels; traditions behind the Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. Weekly lectures; assigned papers and exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: Leif Vaage
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB1501HF  L0101

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is an introduction to the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, as well as to exegetical method in the study of the New Testament. Weekly lectures, compulsory tutorial; assigned papers; final exam or integrative paper.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 214
RGB1501HF  L0101

An Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course has two aims: first, to familiarize you with the context and the content of the four canonical Gospels, including information related to the production and subsequent transmission of these writings; and second, to introduce you to the role that different analytical methodologies or conscious "reading strategies" play in the interpretation of these texts. The course will cover redaction, literary, textual, and ideological criticism, as well as the political and social background of the Gospels. There will be both lecture and practical application. Attention will also be given to use of the Library and the Internet for New Testament research. Short written assignments and a final exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 30
EMB1511HF  L0101

Elementary New Testament Greek I

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to ancient Greek grammar for the sake of reading the New Testament. The focus will be on basic aspects of ancient Greek grammar and syntax. Weekly class participation, biweekly quizzes, final exam.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 16:00 to 18:00
Instructors: John Egger
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB1511HF  L6101

New Testament Greek I

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2009 · Online Course

An introduction to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek. Students will also develop a basic proficiency in reading and pronouncing the text of the Greek New Testament. Lecture, group work. 5 tests, evaluation of Greek pronunciation, final exam.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Susan Jeffers
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB1513YY  L0101

Elementary New Testament Greek

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Basic New Testament Greek grammar. During the first semester, students work through a large portion of the textbook, which introduces basic grammatical and syntactical elements of the language. In the second semester students complete the introductory grammar textbook, and begin reading in the Greek New Testament. Class participation, periodic tests, final exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 16:00 to 17:30
Instructors: Catherine S. Hamilton
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Full Year · Two Credits · Min: 8
2000 Level Courses
ICB2010HF  L0101

Biblical Foundations

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will explore the Bible as the ongoing story of and for God and creation, with special attention to how God's story is intertwined with that of humanity and the world. In asking whether and in what way the Bible is also our story, we will attempt to identify which hermeneutical methods might help us discern its significance for present day life, including the academic enterprise.

Schedule: Wednesday, 19:00 to 22:00
Instructors: Nicholas Ansell
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Theological
EMB2013HF  L0101

Biblical Hebrew I

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Basic elements of biblical Hebrew grammar, syntax and vocabulary. Translate and analyse selected Hebrew passages from the OLD TESTAMENT. Attendance, assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final exam. Text: C.L. Seow, A Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, revised edition.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 17:30 to 19:30
Instructors: Jennifer Pfenniger
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 5
KNB2127HF  L0101

Hebrew Reading & Exegesis

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course builds on students knowledge of introductory Hebrew grammar to engage them in the reading and interpretation of Hebrew narrative (selections from Jonah, Ruth, and other books). Emphasis is on building Hebrew vocabulary and confidence in reading and on developing exegetical skill. Quizzes, presentation, mid-term and final exams. Prerequisite: Introductory course in Hebrew.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB2131HF  L0101

Greek Exegesis

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity: 1) to read selections from the Greek New Testament (GNT); 2) to analyze Greek texts grammatically and syntactically; 3) to learn how to use various apparatuses of the GNT, and a variety of Greek lexica; 4) to develop their ability to understand the meaning of various texts, and to employ this understanding appropriately for preaching and teaching. Lecture, group work. 2 assignments, 3 tests, class participation. Prerequisite: Intro to NT Greek (KNB1501) or 1 year of Greek.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB2183HF  L0101

Prophets

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course presents an overview of the prophetic corpus and explores the content, theological themes, and canonical shaping of selected books. Also explored is the social, religious, and historical background to the phenomenon of Israelite prophecy. Students will be introduced to the history of interpretation, including dominant critical issues relating to the study of selected prophetic books. Additional emphasis will be on interpreting this material as Scripture of the Church. Prerequisite: a course in Old Testament Introduction.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB2213HF  L0101

Book of Jeremiah

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Seminar on the Book of Jeremiah involving detailed exegesis of selected passages with a view to using the text in the life of the Church. Seminar format. Class participation, final paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB2263HF  L0101

Psalms

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will focus on the literary forms of the psalms in an effort to appreciate their spirituality and the internal dynamic of the prayers. Mid-term, writing assignment, short essay.

Schedule: Monday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB2514HF  L0101

Intermediate New Testament Greek

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This intermediate level course is designed for those who have completed an introductory level course in Hellenistic Greek. In this course, you will gain practice and confidence in reading more difficult biblical texts, interpreting their grammatical and syntactical textual features. You will also continue to expand your knowledge of Greek vocabulary. Lectures and in-class translation. Evaluation: quizzes and final exam. Prerequisite: Intro to NT Greek I and II or 1 year of Greek

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB2612HF  L0101

Synoptic Gospels

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Apostolic preaching and its development in Gospel writing. A look at the Synoptic Question. Special introduction to first three gospels, with attention to the themes and theology of each tradition. Exegetical study of selected passages in Mark, completed with reference to accounts in Matthew and Luke. Lectures, discussion, midterm exam, paper, final exam. Prerequisite: An introduction to New Testament course.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Walter Werbylo
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB2656HF  L0101

The Good News of Mark

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A study of the Gospel of Mark with attention to its claim to be a story of gospel, or good news. Particular attention to the narrative and oral features of the Gospel, to its Christology, its inner tensions, its characterizations, and the kinds of conflicts it might have been addressing in its own time. Teaching Methods: Lectures with seminar segments. Means of Evaluation: Class presentations and related paper, mid-length essay, participation.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB2671HF  L0101

Gospel of John

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A study of John's Gospel with particular attention to his use of symbolism and irony to portray human spiritual limitations and the need for a spiritual transformation and rebirth in the spirit. The discussion of Johannine spirituality will examine agape as the unique way of knowing God and patterning oneself on Christ. Issues such as conflict, sectarianism and misuses of John will also be covered. Prerequisite: TSB 1501H. Discussion, paper.

Schedule: Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB2673HF  L0101

Gospel of John

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

John offers a contemplative and summary Gospel for those who have already journeyed through the earlier stages of Christian experience. This course will consider the distinctive theological and literary character of the Gospel of John with special attention to the evangelist's creative reshaping of tradition in response to the circumstances of the church at the end of the first century. The social and ecclesial situation in which the fourth gospel was written will provide the context in which to locate the theological, pastoral and rhetorical strategies used by the evangelist. Weekly assignments, final paper, class preparation and participation. Prerequisite: TSB 1501 (or equivalent).

Schedule: Thursday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
3000 Level Courses
SMB3083HF  L0101

Old Testament Spiritualities

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Spirituality in the Pentateuch, Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom writings. Essay, final exam.

AD students enrol in SMB6083HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: William H. Irwin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
WYB3322HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/06/04

Scripture and Theology Seminar: The Psalms in the Christian Tradition

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Close reading of selected Psalms, according to these categories: a. Psalms in the OT that appear in the NT; b. key psalms within the structure of the Psalter; c. imprecatory psalms; d. popular psalms that do not appear in the NT). Reading (in translation) of the reception history of the Psalms, including the use of the Psalms in the NT, also Diodore and Theodore, Origen, Chrysostom, Theodoret, Jerome, Augustine, Aquinas, Rashi, Calvin, Luther, moderns, and selected readings in hermeneutics, including Frei’s, Eclipse of Biblical Narrative (Yale 1974); Yeago (Blackwell’s Reader on Theological Interpretation); Hays/Davis new volume on Reading Scripture; Kavin Rowe’s Pro Ecclesia essay on Trinitarian Hermeneutics; and Christine Helmer on Luther’s Theological Reading (Modern Theology essay); Bauckham on theological exegesis (modeled in his God Crucified; Didsbury. Lectures, seminar format. Class participation, major paper.   

AD students enrol in WYB6322HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Christopher Seitz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB3371HF  L0101

Questions of Life and Death in Wisdom Literature

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2006 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Study of the questions that arose in Israel surrounding the issues of life and death from the perspective of the Wisdom tradition. Three books deal specifically with these issues: Job, Qoheleth, and the Wisdom of Solomon. The literary structure of all three books will be studied with a view of understanding the authors' presentations of life and death. Major paper.

AD students enrol in RGB6371HF.

Schedule: Friday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB3715HF  L0101

Becoming Christian: The Formation of the Pauline Churches

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will explore the development of early Christian communities. We will examine the letters of Paul using social scientific models and material evidence from the first century in order to highlight aspects of early Christian identity and community. We will consider the problems of urban experience and some of the means that Christianity offered to address them, including ritual and religious experience, mutual support, communal meals, social organizations, attitudes to suffering and the body, and ideas that helped to make life meaningful and navigable. Teaching Methods: Lectures, presentation and discussion of research projects, participation in classroom exercises. Means of Evaluation: annotated bibliography, research assignment character profile, participation.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB3716HF  L0101

Paul: Pastor and Theologian

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Readers of Paul’s letters have long noted the diversity of the Christian communities to which he writes and the different approaches he takes towards their problems and questions. This course will study Paul’s letters from the point of his role as a pastor and theologian. Paul’s theology does not develop out of a philosophical or theological “system” but from the everyday encounters with the problems of the communities and people of different historical and social context whom he meets while preaching the gospel. Lectures. Preparation and participation in class – 10%; Book Review assignments – 70%; Final colloquium – 20%.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 213
WYB3719HF  L0101

Paul's Ethics

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to Paul's ethical thinking through looking at the context in which he wrote and the specific things he said. Reading ancient ethical perspectives and studying the ethical views in Paul.

AD students enrol in WYB6719HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Ann Jervis
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB3831HF  L4101

Creation in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This textually-focused seminar course explores the multi-faceted role of creation (land, seas, animals) in the biblical story, including the character of humanity’s calling in relation to creation. The way in which idolatry and imperial powers control the land and their inhabitants as the story unfolds, and sabbath and jubilee as a faithful response to such powers, will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on our current ecological context. Participation in all seminars required; three short papers; major research paper. Off-campus site.

AD students enrol in TRB6831HF.

Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 to 17:00
Schedule Notes: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 5, from 9am-1pm; 2pm-5pm - Contact instructor prior to the first class regarding reading requirements for first class.
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Please note that this course is held outside of Toronto at Russett House Farm, 459 Country Lane, Cameron.

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KNB3930HF  L0101

Biblical Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

'Hermeneutics' is a general term embracing a great variety of theories and methods, all concerned with interpreting the meaning of texts. Hermeneutical theories construct, in different ways, the authority of the author, the status of the reader, the nature of the textuality, and the relation of the text to the original context and the contemporary world. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the opportunity: 1) to compare and contrast a range of hermeneutical theories; 2) to apply these theories to the interpretation of particular biblical texts, and 3) to give students the opportunity to develop and reflect on their own interpretive practice, and be able to situate this practice in relation to the range of theories and practices studied in class. Lecture and seminar. 3 journal submissions, essay, class participation. Prerequisite: Greek Exegesis

AD students enrol in KNB6930HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB3940HF  L0101

Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2004 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Urban development of Jerusalem from the beginning of the Hasmonean period (100 BCE) and its expansion and enhancement under Herod the Great. How much of this Jerusalem did Jesus see and know? Historical and Archeological data amplifies the Biblical text. We will also consider the problems of the Temple Mount: definition and location of sanctity, water installations, entertainment structures as well as defining and elucidating the location of Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate. Informed attendance and participation in class discussion. Final paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Dan Bahat
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
5000 Level Courses
SMB5064HF  L0101

Ancient Israelite Religion

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A seminar examining features of ancient Israelite religion as reflected in the archaeological and literary evidence. Topics include the origins and nature of Yahweh,other deities in ancient Israel, monotheism, the cult of the dead, divergent perspectives of priestly, royal, deuteronomistic, prophetic groups, etc.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: John L. McLaughlin
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB5111HF  L0101

Book of Genesis

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Critical and exegetical study of Hebrew text of Genesis. In addition to historical-critical issues, attention will be paid to Ancient Near Eastern parallels as well as to the book's themes, structure and theological significance. Cross-listed to RLG3142H.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: J. Glen Taylor
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB5231HF  L0101

Zechariah: Hebrew Exegesis and Interpretation

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course will involve close-reading of the Hebrew Text of the Book of Zechariah. Secondary readings in historical-critical studies of Zechariah will be required and students will be asked to evaluate critically these studies (including newer commentaries in English and German). Zechariah’s place in recent analysis of the Book of the Twelve will also be examined. Finally, students will be exposed to pre-critical reading of Zechariah and the hermeneutical issues related to Zechariah’s use in the New Testament and in Jewish and Christian Interpretation. Seminar format. Class participation, major paper.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Christopher Seitz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB5612HF  L0101

Book of Q and Christian Origins

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A discussion of the various issues (text, stratigraphy, genre, theology, Sitz in Leben, Galilee) related to the current debater about the synoptic sayings source "Q" and its importance for our understanding of Christian origins.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Leif Vaage
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB5785HF  L0101

Letter of James & Christian Wisdom

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An examination of key issues for the understanding of the letter of James: authorship, date, historical setting, genre, manuscript tradition, and attestation. The course situates James in the context of Second Temple Jewish wisdom literature and will consider the principal themes of the letter. This is a research seminar that will examine several 'new questions' about James and explore new approaches to old problems. Participants are encouraged to think laterally, 'out of the box' in addressing these problems.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: John S. Kloppenborg
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
6000 Level Courses
SMB6083HF  L0101

Old Testament Spiritualities

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Spirituality in the Pentateuch, Prophets, Psalms & Wisdom writings. Essay, final exam.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3083HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: William H. Irwin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
WYB6322HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/06/04

Scripture and Theology Seminar: The Psalms in the Christian Tradition

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Close reading of selected Psalms, according to these categories: a. Psalms in the OT that appear in the NT; b. key psalms within the structure of the Psalter; c. imprecatory psalms; d. popular psalms that do not appear in the NT). Reading (in translation) of the reception history of the Psalms, including the use of the Psalms in the NT, also Diodore and Theodore, Origen, Chrysostom, Theodoret, Jerome, Augustine, Aquinas, Rashi, Calvin, Luther, moderns, and selected readings in hermeneutics, including Frei’s, Eclipse of Biblical Narrative (Yale 1974); Yeago (Blackwell’s Reader on Theological Interpretation); Hays/Davis new volume on Reading Scripture; Kavin Rowe’s Pro Ecclesia essay on Trinitarian Hermeneutics; and Christine Helmer on Luther’s Theological Reading (Modern Theology essay); Bauckham on theological exegesis (modeled in his God Crucified; Didsbury. Lectures, seminar format. Class participation, major paper.   

Basic Degree students enrol in WYB3322HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Christopher Seitz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB6371HF  L0101

Questions of Life and Death in Wisdom Literature

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Study of the questions that arose in Israel surrounding the issues of life and death from the perspective of the Wisdom tradition. Three books deal specifically with these issues: Job, Qoheleth, and the Wisdom of Solomon. The literary structure of all three books will be studied with a view of understanding the authors' presentations of life and death. Major paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in RGB3371HF.

Schedule: Friday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB6716HF  L0101

Paul: Pastor and Theologian

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Readers of Paul’s letters have long noted the diversity of the Christian communities to which he writes and the different approaches he takes towards their problems and questions. This course will study Paul’s letters from the point of his role as a pastor and theologian. Paul’s theology does not develop out of a philosophical or theological “system” but from the everyday encounters with the problems of the communities and people of different historical and social context whom he meets while preaching the gospel. Lectures. Preparation and participation in class – 10%; Book Review assignments – 70%; Final colloquium – 20%.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 213
WYB6719HF  L0101

Paul's Ethics

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to Paul's ethical thinking through looking at the context in which he wrote and the specific things he said. Reading ancient ethical perspectives and studying the ethical views in Paul.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYB3719HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Ann Jervis
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB6831HF  L4101

Creation in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This textually-focused seminar course explores the multi-faceted role of creation (land, seas, animals) in the biblical story, including the character of humanity’s calling in relation to creation. The way in which idolatry and imperial powers control the land and their inhabitants as the story unfolds, and sabbath and jubilee as a faithful response to such powers, will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on our current ecological context. Participation in all seminars required; three short papers; major research paper. Off-campus site.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3831HF.

Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 to 17:00
Schedule Notes: Sept 19, Oct 17, Nov 14, Dec 5, from 9am-1pm; 2pm-5pm - Contact instructor prior to the first class regarding reading requirements for first class.
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Please note that this course is held outside of Toronto at Russett House Farm, 459 Country Lane, Cameron.

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KNB6930HF  L0101

Hermeneutical Theory 1

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

'Hermeneutics' is a general term embracing a great variety of theories and methods, all concerned with interpreting the meaning of texts. Hermeneutical theories construct, in different ways, the authority of the author, the status of the reader, the nature of the textuality, and the relation of the text to the original context and the contemporary world. The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the opportunity: 1) to compare and contrast a range of hermeneutical theories; 2) to apply these theories to the interpretation of particular biblical texts, and 3) to give students the opportunity to develop and reflect on their own interpretive practice, and be able to situate this practice in relation to the range of theories and practices studied in class. Lecture and seminar. 3 journal submissions, essay, class participation. Prerequisite: Greek Exegesis

Basic Degree students enrol in KNB3930HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB6940HF  L0101

Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The purpose of this course is to bring forth the urban development of the Holy City from the 6th century BC when the repatriates from Babylon rebuilt the city and the Temple.

After the Babylonian exile, the city was reconstructed in its former limits but later extended even more. Because of the ability to follow the development of the city, one can contribute nowadays to the authenticity of the holy sites and understand what kind of city Christ saw when he came to the city.

This study is possible thanks to the scriptures and Archeology, which revealed great sections of that city that the Romans covered in the second century AD and so they disappeared. The discrepancies between the various sources describing Jerusalem will also be discussed and analyzed and so cast more light on the Gospel descriptions of the city. The scriptures are not books of history and therefore their descriptions are far from detailed and it is to us to complete the views of the city with the help of archeology and the knowledge that comes from later sources.

All this will be dealt with in the course.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3940HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Dan Bahat
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Historical Crosslisted Courses
TRH3053HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/07/06

Divine Oracles: Exegesis in the Early Church

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An exploration of the parallel development of Biblical interpretation and Canon in the Early Church, from the first to the 4th centuries. A high point in this process was the development of systematic Christian commentaries on the Old and New Testaments. In this course students will look at excerpts from commentaries ranging from the Dead Sea Scrolls through the late 4th century and read selections from Christian authors, both orthodox and heterodox, with an eye to understanding how the boundaries and interpretation of Scripture changed over time. The systematic commentary marked a significant change in the way Christians “did” theology which provides an opportunity to explore of the meaning of exegesis in our own as well as earlier times. Lectures, reading of original sources in translation, group discussion, 1 reflection paper, research essay.

AD students enrol in TRH6053HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Richard Paul Vaggione
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical
TRH6053HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/07/06

Divine Oracles: Exegesis in the Early Church

Offered in Fall 2009  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An exploration of the parallel development of Biblical interpretation and Canon in the Early Church, from the first to the 4th centuries. A high point in this process was the development of systematic Christian commentaries on the Old and New Testaments. In this course students will look at excerpts from commentaries ranging from the Dead Sea Scrolls through the late 4th century and read selections from Christian authors, both orthodox and heterodox, with an eye to understanding how the boundaries and interpretation of Scripture changed over time. The systematic commentary marked a significant change in the way Christians “did” theology which provides an opportunity to explore of the meaning of exegesis in our own as well as earlier times. Lectures, reading of original sources in translation, group discussion, 1 reflection paper, research essay.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRH3053HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Richard Paul Vaggione
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical

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