Biblical Courses for the Fall and Winter Sessions of 2009-2010

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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  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
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
TRB1007HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/07/06

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A historical and literary survey of the Hebrew Scriptures. Two short papers, final exam.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors:
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
WYB1009HS  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

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

Schedule: Tuesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
KNB1501HS  L0101

Understanding the New Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Exploration of the content of New Testament writings, especially the canonical gospels and Pauline corpus. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding these writings in their original socio-historical contexts, and on methods of interpretation. Readings, assignments, and final exam. Mandatory seminar.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Max: 20
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
SMB1501HS  L0102

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the major methods and issues in the interpretation of the Gospels: the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Gospels; traditions behind the Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. Weekly lectures and tutorials; assigned papers and exam. Compulsory one-hour tutorial (time to be arranged).

Schedule: Thursday, 19:00 to 21:00
Schedule Notes: (plus tutorial)
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
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
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
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
SMB1501HS  L0101

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the major methods and issues in the interpretation of the Gospels: the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Gospels; traditions behind the Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. Weekly lectures and tutorials; assigned papers and exam. Compulsory one-hour tutorial (time to be arranged).

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Schedule Notes: (plus tutorial)
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
EMB1506HS  L0101

New Testament II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the literary structure, rhetorical argument, and certain social issues from Romans to Revelation. Emphasis is placed on acquiring familiarity with the texts and ability to converse critically about the particular problems that these texts both seek to solve and have created. Weekly readings, small group discussion, short papers.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: Leif Vaage
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
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
EMB1512HS  L0101

Elementary New Testament Greek II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to ancient Greek grammar for the sake of reading the New Testament. The focus will be on the continuation of the basic aspects of grammar and syntax together with selected readings from the New Testament. Weekly class participation, biweekly quizzes, final exam. Prerequisite: EMB1511HF.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 16:00 to 18:00
Instructors: John Egger
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
KNB1512HS  L6101

New Testament Greek II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · 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. Prerequisite: New Testament Greek 1 or equivalent.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Susan Jeffers
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
EMB2004HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/21

Old Testament II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Focus on the content of the Old Testament, learning the Hebrew alphabet, use of library resources, and the geography and archeology of ancient Israel. Special attention will be given to major issues in Christian theological interpretation, including similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian interpretation of shared scripture. Lectures and discussion. Tests and short papers. Prerequisite: EMB1003 or equivalent.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: Judith Newman
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
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
EMB2014HS  L0101

Biblical Hebrew II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · 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. Prerequisite: EMB 2013 H OR permission of instructor.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 17:30 to 19:30
Instructors: Jennifer Pfenniger
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
RGB2210HS  L0101

The Call to Prophecy

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Exploration of the function of prophecy in Israel using as a point of departure the vocation texts of the three major prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. Written examination or paper.

Schedule: Monday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
WYB2260HS  L6101

The Book of Psalms: a Spiritual Lifeline in Christian History and Tradition

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2008 · Online Course

An interactive investigation of the biblical Book of Psalms, with special emphasis on how the Psalms have been, and can be, applied to the devotional life of a Christian. The course will consider the psalms in their historical and canonical context. It will consider also the role of the Psalms in the devotional life of the canonical King David, Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and selected Christian men (incl. Martin Luther) and women throughout the ages. Particular attention will be given to the issue of how best in light of contemporary scholarship to apply the Psalms faithfully and reasonably to the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. Quizzes, rhetorical study, reading summaries, and discussion.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: J. Glen Taylor
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 20
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
WYB2660HS  L0101

Before & Beyond the Gospels: Who is Jesus?

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to the content of a portion of the New Testament: 1 an 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Peter, Hebrews and Revelation. The guiding question of the course is 'Who is Jesus?' Lectures, tutorials. Evaluation: participation, exegesis paper, comparative exegetical paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Ann Jervis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
SMB2668HS  L0101

Gospel of Luke

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2006 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Luke's themes of universality and of Christ as savior of the disadvantaged demonstrate God's openness in Christianity to everyone and form the core of Luke's personal portrayal of God's saving action in history and in the world. According to Luke, disciples and "eye-witnesses" of Jesus of Nazareth are characterized by their receptivity towards God's saving activity and their responses and reactions of joy, wonder, praise and blessing to that activity. Special attention will be paid to Luke's presentation of Jesus' proclamation of a liberation which is not limited by ethnic, national, economic or gender concerns. This course will consider Luke's Gospel as a blueprint for contemporary ministry. Weekly assignments, final paper, class preparation and participation. Prerequisite: TSB 1501 (or equivalent).

Schedule: Monday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
SAB2677HS  L0101

Johannine Literature

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the Johannine writings concerning authorship, unity and historicity. Exploration of basic themes in this tradition, as revealing the conflicts and changes in the community of the Beloved Disciple. Exegesis of selected passages from the Gospel and 1 John. Lectures, discussions, 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: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
SAB2703HS  L0101

Pauline Literature

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of the Pauline literature from the Thessalonian correspondence to the Pastoral Letters. A critical study of primary and secondary sources for understanding Paul's life and ministry, followed by a detailed exegesis of selected texts. Key concepts in 'Pauline theology'. Prerequisite: An introductory course in New Testament. Requirements: Lectures, discussion, essay, exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: J. Chandrakanthan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 12
RGB2708HS  L0101

Letters of Paul

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2006 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of Pauline literature with a discussion of such themes as Paul's background and conversion, his teaching concerning the parousia, the resurrection of Christ and the faithful, hope, justification, the cross, love, community, ethics, Israel, etc. Discussion, written assignments.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
EMB2903HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2010/01/06

Bible and Qur'an: Approaches to Scriptural Intertextuality

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is an introduction to the Qur'an and will focus on how scholars have read its relationship to the Bible. It will familiarize students with the hallmarks of both traditional and western scholarships, covering topics such as the collection of the Qur'an, intertextuality, and Jesus in the Qur'an. Medieval and modern approaches to the Qur'an's "Biblical" material will also be examined. Students will learn the difference between author- and reader-oriented approaches, influence theory and intertextuality, and how different presuppositions can impact how the relationship between the texts is read. Focused study sessions will allow students to explore short primary texts in translation. Knowledge of Arabic and Hebrew, though helpful to the individual student, is neither expected nor required. Lectures; mid-term test, papers.

Schedule: Thursday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Nevin Reda
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 5
3000 Level Courses
SMB3081HS  L0101

Hebrew Poetry

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Study of selected poetic texts with emphasis on the syntax and style of Hebrew poetry. Weekly participation, mid-term and final exams. Prerequisite: three semesters of Biblical Hebrew. N.B.: in combination with WYB3013H/EMB3014H (or equivalent) successful completion of this course as if for credit satisfies the Hebrew requirement for doctoral candidates in New Testament.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: William H. Irwin
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
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
SMB3234HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/01

Amos, Hosea, Micah

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

In-depth study of these 8th century BCE prophets and the books attributed to them. Emphasis will be given to their historical context, theological insights, concern for social justice, etc., with attention to the texts' application to contemporary pastoral situations. Lectures and discussions. Participation, presentation, short application/homiletic paper, research paper. Prerequisite: SMB1007 or equivalent.

AD students enrol in SMB6234HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: John L. McLaughlin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
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
KNB3501HS  L0101

Advanced Hellenistic Greek

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The undisputed centre-piece of Graeco-roman literature in the third century BCE is the Greek Pentateuch, or 'Septuagint" (LXX). The LXX became the de facto liturgical text of countless synagogues and early churches. As the basis forearly Christian liturgy, devotion, theology, and propaganda, the Septuagint emerged as the most significant body of literature in late antiquity. This course will focus on the translation of selections from the Septuagint, providing students with the opportunity: 1) to improve their Greek reading ability; 2) to analyze the Septuagintal texts grammatically and syntactically; 3) to examine the characteristics and style of Jewish translational Greek; 4) to study the nature and degree of linguistic interference from the source language through a comparison of the Greek text with the Hebrew original. Seminar. 3 tests, class participation. Prerequisite: at least 1 year of Greek (or equivalent) and 1 year of Hebrew.

Schedule: Monday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
TRB3629HS  L0101

The Miracles of Jesus

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

In this course we will analyze the various forms of miracle stories in the gospels and study their meaning at different levels of early Christian tradition. Theological and pastoral implications arising from criticism will be considered.

AD students enrol in TRB6629HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 214
WYB3641HS  L0101

Matthew's Story of Jesus

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An examination of Matthew's Gospel from the perspective of narrative criticism. Attention will be given to the story itself, the manner in which the story is narrated, and the role of the reader in producing meaning. Written preparation for three seminar discussions, final paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
TRB3643HS  L0101

Gospel of Matthew

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew with a view to understanding the author's theology in the light of his reporting and interpretation for the Matthean community. Assigned readings, scholarly paper, exam.

AD students enrol in TRB6643HS.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 213
WYB3714HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/20

Salvation as Lib. in Paul

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An investigation of Paul's understanding of "salvation" - including the nature of human experience; sin; the law; the work of Christ; Christian life in church and world; Israel and the Gentiles - with special attention to current reappraisals of Paul's thought and emphasis on salvation as liberation (from the "power" of sin to the new solidarity of life "in Christ"). Three short resumes, final paper.

AD students enrol in WYB6714HS.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
RGB3811HS  L0101

Religious Experience in the Ancient Mediterranean

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course addresses the question of the uniqueness of the religious experiences and practices of the Old and New Testaments. The insights of anthropology, archeology, and the history of religions approach reveal that the experience of both testaments shared much with the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. This course will survey the ways in which the sacred and the holy were perceived, experienced, and interpreted and their influence on both testaments. Readings, lectures, and discussions. Two short essays and one longer final essay of 10 pages (25 for AD students) comprise the written portion of the course. AD students will have additional readings and a meeting with the instructor.

AD students enrol in RGB6811HS.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Other Information: Second 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
EMB5347HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/21

Wisdom in 2nd Temple Judaism

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course treats either books (Job, Sirach, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom of Solomon) or thematic aspects (creation, prayer, eschatology) of the sapiential tradition as it evolved in the period 538 BCE - 70 CE with an eye to the relationship of these books to the broader swath of sapiential textual traditions of the era, including the instruction literature from Qumran. In 2010, the focus will be Ben Sira, with attention to the significance of textual variants in the manuscript traditions for our understanding of the formation of the Bible. Course will be a seminar. Seminar participation, seminar presentations, major paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Judith Newman
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Max: 15
RGB5351HS  L0101

Deuteronomy & Covenant

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Throughout the course we read Deuteronomy in light of the covenant formulary as a key to unfolding the synthesis of covenant theology represented in the entire book. The methods we apply to the text are textual analysis (Hebrew), literary analysis (Structure), and comparative literary analysis of the relationship between Deuteronomy and the Vassal Treaty Formulary, the Laws of Hammurabi, the law codes of Exodus and Leviticus, and the Abrahamic/Davidic covenantal grants. The aim of the course is to provide AD students a basis for appreciating the complexity and richness of covenantal theology through the detailed textual and literary analysis of Deuteronomy. Prerequisities: One year of Hebrew and one year of Greek.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Other Information: Second 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
SMB5622HS  L0101

The Passion Narratives

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2004 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course examines the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts. Topics include: Roman and Jewish judicial procedures; crucifixion and burial in the ancient world; the editorial tendencies of the gospel writers; incipient anti-Judaism in the gospels; conceptual trajectories of the passion narratives.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: John S. Kloppenborg
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
SMB5624HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/06/01

The Parables of Jesus

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2006 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Examination of the history of parables interpretation from the nineteenth century to the present, including major interpreters such as Jolicher, Dodd, Jeremias, Perrin, Via, Scott, Herzog, Funk, and Linnemann. Exegesis of selected parables, using redaction criticism, narrative, and social scientific approaches. Participation and major paper. Cross-listed as RLG3249H.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: John S. Kloppenborg
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Max: 10
EMB5704HS  L0101

Paul: Methodological Problems

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course complements EMB5703 (Paul – Biographical Problems); though it may be taken independently. Pursued will be problems related to the manuscript tradition of the corpus paulinum; historical authenticity, literary unity, and chronology of the individual writings; scribal and other interpolations. The course will be taught as a seminar with informal lectures by the professor and student presentations focused on specific case studies. Participation, classroom presentation(s) and final term paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Leif Vaage
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: Second 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
KNB5931HS  L0101

Biblical Textuality, Knowledge, Power and Meaning

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An exploration of biblical textuality, its reconstruction in the form of western knowledge/power, and its role in the formation of existential meaning, through a guided reading of phenomenology, poststructuralism, feminist criticism, and postcolonial criticism. Seminar. 4 exploration papers, class participation.

Schedule: Monday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Theological
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
SMB6234HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/01

Amos, Hosea, Micah

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

In-depth study of these 8th century BCE prophets and the books attributed to them. Emphasis will be given to their historical context, theological insights, concern for social justice, etc., with attention to the texts' application to contemporary pastoral situations. Lectures and discussions. Participation, presentation, short application/homiletic paper, research paper. Prerequisite: SMB1007 or equivalent.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3234HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: John L. McLaughlin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
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
KNB6501HS  L0101

Advanced Hellenistic Greek

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The undisputed centre-piece of Graeco-roman literature in the third century BCE is the Greek Pentateuch, or 'Septuagint" (LXX). The LXX became the de facto liturgical text of countless synagogues and early churches. As the basis forearly Christian liturgy, devotion, theology, and propaganda, the Septuagint emerged as the most significant body of literature in late antiquity. This course will focus on the translation of selections from the Septuagint, providing students with the opportunity: 1) to improve their Greek reading ability; 2) to analyze the Septuagintal texts grammatically and syntactically; 3) to examine the characteristics and style of Jewish translational Greek; 4) to study the nature and degree of linguistic interference from the source language through a comparison of the Greek text with the Hebrew original. Seminar. 3 tests, class participation. Prerequisite: at least 1 year of Greek (or equivalent) and 1 year of Hebrew.

Basic Degree students enrol in KNB3501HS.

Schedule: Monday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
TRB6629HS  L0101

The Miracles of Jesus

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

In this course we will analyze the various forms of miracle stories in the gospels and study their meaning at different levels of early Christian tradition. Theological and pastoral implications arising from criticism will be considered.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3629HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 214
WYB6641HS  L0101

Matthew's Story of Jesus

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An examination of Matthew's Gospel from the perspective of narrative criticism. Attention will be given to the story itself, the manner in which the story is narrated, and the role of the reader in producing meaning. Written preparation for three seminar discussions, final paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
TRB6643HS  L0101

Gospel of Matthew

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew with a view to understanding the author's theology in the light of his reporting and interpretation for the Matthean community. Assigned readings, scholarly paper, exam.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3643HS.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, Room 213
WYB6714HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/05/20

Salvation as Lib. in Paul

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An investigation of Paul's understanding of "salvation" - including the nature of human experience; sin; the law; the work of Christ; Christian life in church and world; Israel and the Gentiles - with special attention to current reappraisals of Paul's thought and emphasis on salvation as liberation (from the "power" of sin to the new solidarity of life "in Christ"). Three short resumes, final paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYB3714HS.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second 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
RGB6811HS  L0101

Religious Experience in the Ancient Mediterranean

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course addresses the question of the uniqueness of the religious experiences and practices of the Old and New Testaments. The insights of anthropology, archeology, and the history of religions approach reveal that the experience of both testaments shared much with the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean. This course will survey the ways in which the sacred and the holy were perceived, experienced, and interpreted and their influence on both testaments. Readings, lectures, and discussions. Two short essays and one longer final essay of 10 pages (25 for AD students) comprise the written portion of the course. AD students will have additional readings and a meeting with the instructor.

Basic Degree students enrol in RGB3811HS.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Other Information: Second 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
Interdisciplinary Crosslisted Courses
SMJ3801HS  L0101

Using the Bible

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Bible has been used to support all kinds of perspectives with varying degrees of responsibility. This course looks at the  use of the Bible in theological arguments. It will examine how the  Bible is APPLIED in conciliar and other church documents, as well as in  statements by ecumenical groups, sermons, and film. Some attention will be given to the variety of interpretive  methods in the history of the Church, but the main focus is the use (and abuse) of the Bible in contemporary theological argumentation. Topics include, e.g., Eucharistic debates, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, the role of women in the Church, and responses to war. Drawing on the rich variety of contemporary hermeneutical options, the  course aims to enrich students' exegetical skills and critical ability when making theological arguments and using church documents. The course is team-taught by a Lutheran professor of New Testament and a Catholic professor of theology. Lectures, discussions, short papers, final take-home exam.

AD students enrol in SMJ6801HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: , Colleen Shantz
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical, Theological
SMJ6801HS  L0101

Using the Bible

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Bible has been used to support all kinds of perspectives with varying degrees of responsibility. This course looks at the  use of the Bible in theological arguments. It will examine how the  Bible is APPLIED in conciliar and other church documents, as well as in  statements by ecumenical groups, sermons, and film. Some attention will be given to the variety of interpretive  methods in the history of the Church, but the main focus is the use (and abuse) of the Bible in contemporary theological argumentation. Topics include, e.g., Eucharistic debates, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, the role of women in the Church, and responses to war. Drawing on the rich variety of contemporary hermeneutical options, the  course aims to enrich students' exegetical skills and critical ability when making theological arguments and using church documents. The course is team-taught by a Lutheran professor of New Testament and a Catholic professor of theology. Lectures, discussions, short papers, final take-home exam.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMJ3801HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: , Colleen Shantz
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical, Theological
Pastoral Theology Crosslisted Courses
WYP3305HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/11/24

Preaching from the Old Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2005 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A practical, interactive introduction to the particularities of Christian preaching from the Old Testament. Especial emphasis will be placed on biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and preaching with sensitivity to the varied forms of OT literature - narrative, saga, law, prophetic oracles, wisdom material, etc. Students will exegete passages, prepare sermons (preaching twice in class), learn new skills and ideas and interact with the sermons of others, both peers and role models. Assignments, participation, term project. Cross-listed to Biblical.

AD students enrol in WYP6305HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: J. Glen Taylor
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical
WYP6305HS  L0101 · Cancelled on 2009/11/24

Preaching from the Old Testament

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A practical, interactive introduction to the particularities of Christian preaching from the Old Testament. Especial emphasis will be placed on biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and preaching with sensitivity to the varied forms of OT literature - narrative, saga, law, prophetic oracles, wisdom material, etc. Students will exegete passages, prepare sermons (preaching twice in class), learn new skills and ideas and interact with the sermons of others, both peers and role models. Assignments, participation, term project. Cross-listed to Biblical.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYP3305HS.

Schedule: Wednesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: J. Glen Taylor
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical
Theological Crosslisted Courses
WYT2101HS  L0101

The Bride of the Lamb: Systematic Theology II

Offered in Winter 2010  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course explores the activity of God from creation to new creation, with special emphasis on the Spirit's work in the Church. We also examine the image of God in the human person and the nature of sin. This course presupposes Systematic Theology I. Lectures, tutorial discussions generated by students

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Joseph Mangina
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical, Biblical

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