Biblical Courses for the 2015 Summer Session

Course Listings by Level

1000 Level Courses
SMB1007HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · 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, 1800 to 2100 · Begins: 04/30 · Ends: 06/25
Instructors: Heather Macumber
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
Additional Notes: Last day to cancel course without penalty - May 22, 2015
SAB1081HF  L0101

New Testament Hermeneutics

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · St. Augustine's (2661 Kingston Rd.) Scarborough 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: Irregular · Begins: · Ends:
Schedule Notes: Tuesday 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (unless noted below): April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9; June 16     7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, June 23     7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructors: Francis G. Carpinelli
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
Enrollment Notes: Registration deadline: April 14, 2015   Withdrawal Deadline: May 11, 2015
KNB1513YF  L0101

New Testament Greek

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will introduce students to the basic grammar, syntax, and pronunciation, of Greek.  Students will build a basic working vocabulary, and apply this knowledge to a reading, John 1-6 and the Lord's Prayer.  Quizzes; final exam.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 09:00 to 12:00 · Begins: 05/04 · Ends: 06/18
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · Two Credits
2000 Level Courses
WYB2221HF  L0101

"For Such a Time as This": Insights and Issues from the Books of Ruth and Esther for Today

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

We will read the books of Ruth and Esther together with the cloud of witnesses from the past and present who found them not only life giving but also, especially in the case of Esther, deeply troubling. We will examine techniques and strategies used for reading these and other Old Testament narratives through history. We will explore the contexts of Ruth and Esther within both the ancient world and Scripture. We will examine their contents making use of a variety of traditional and innovative interpretive techniques and strategies (including theological exegesis, disaster and trauma studies, and narrative studies). We will consider how these books speak to us as individuals and as the church in the twenty-first century.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 09:00 to 15:00 · Begins: 04/13 · Ends: 04/17
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: Last day to drop without penalty: April 14, 2015
Additional Notes:  Please see the syllabus for details of a pre-course assignment.
WYB2264HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2015/01/01

The Book of Psalms and the Christian Life

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will examine how the Psalms have been read, interpreted and proclaimed from the time of their composition through to today. Attention will be given to the questions relating to the formation of the book of Psalms, its use through history, current theological issues arising out of the Psalms and the exegesis of representative Psalms. NOTE: Pre-course assignment due on first day of class. See syllabus on Wycliffe website (wycliffecollege.ca) for details.

Schedule: Irregular · Begins: · Ends:
Schedule Notes: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WEEK TBA
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB2665HF  L0101

Gospel of Luke

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The primary focus will be on the Gospel of Luke, dealing with such topics as: Luke as historian, Israel in Luke's theology; rich and poor; universalism; forgiveness; table fellowship and God's kingdom; eschatology and salvation history. Short written assignments and final paper. No exam.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1000 to 1200 · Begins: 05/04 · Ends: 05/29
Schedule Notes: 2014 May 4-29 (May 18 will be replaced by T May 19)
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 42
WYB2671HF  L6101

The Gospel of John

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Online Course

This course will introduce the student to the text of the Gospel of John and its place in ancient and modern studies, including such issues as textual base, compositional history, social context, literary character, reading strategies, and theological application.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: 05/04 · Ends: 06/26
Schedule Notes: last day to drop without penalty: May 18, 2015
Instructors: Ryan Wettlaufer
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 22
Additional Notes: Priority access to online classes will be given to students who are outside commutable distance to the college. Students who have reasonable access may be requested to release space for students at a distance
EMB2821HF  L0101

Child and Bible

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Nowhere are the problematic aspects of the biblical text so evident as when it is examined from the point of view of the situations and needs of children. On the one hand, the Bible is seen as the repository of truth and tradition, while on the other, much of its content can seem uselessly complex, morally questionable, or downright dangerous. By examining a number of key biblical passages as case studies, as well as a number of background readings from recent research in child development, children's spirituality, and children's liberation, this course will explore these problematic aspects of the Bible, as well as offer some practical suggestions for responding. Students will have opportunities to raise critical questions and develop their own stance with regard to the biblical text

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 09:30 to 12:30 · Begins: 05/25 · Ends: 06/04
Instructors: John Egger
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Enrollment Notes: Last day to register: May 4 / last day to pay: TBA / last day to drop: May 27
EMB2911HF  L0101

Why Scrolls Matter. An Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls as a Template for Abrahamic Traditions

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2014 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) provide an important template for those wishing to study scripture or exegetical material of any Abrahamic tradition (whether Jewish, Christian, or Muslim) and its formation. The scrolls frequently reinterpret texts which highlight a "particular type of intertextuality which exists between an authoritative scriptural antecedent and its subsequent reuse in a type of rewriting, in which there is a close textual relationship between the scriptural predecessor and the rewritten work" (Petersen 2012: 485). This tradition of reinterpreted scripture, seen as a "textual strategy" (Petersen 484), is present within varying DSS literary genres of authoritative scriptural texts, legal rules, religious disputes, liturgical traditions, and even commentaries. Such a practice of reinterpreting earlier texts is found within not only Jewish scripture but is also similar to what one finds in early Christian and Islamic scriptural and exegetical traditions as' well. Having such a comprehension is helpful for exegesis and understanding the underlying purpose of any of the above scriptural and textual traditions. Thus this course undertakes a study of the practice of reinterpreted scripture as evidenced in the DSS genres of scripture, legal rules, religious disputes, liturgical traditions, and commentaries (pesharim). An introduction to the scrolls, their discovery and preservation, their sectarian nature and the related history of the Qumran site will also be addressed as an essential component of understanding the nature of the scrolls.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 13:30 to 16:30 · Begins: 06/08 · Ends: 06/18
Instructors: Carmen Palmer
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Enrollment Notes: OT/HB is preferred, but any TST scriptural introduction course may qualify as prerequisite.
Additional Notes: Last day to register: May 18 / last day to pay: TBA / last day to drop: June 10
EMB2951HF  L0101

Jesus and the Games We Play

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

In Mark 8:28, Jesus asks, "Who do you say that I am?" Christians have answered this question in complex and often conflicting ways, leading to a variety of depictions of Jesus that often bear little resemblance to one another.  This course will examine how Jesus comes to be understood as culturally significant in differing contexts, a "sticky" figure to whom various values and ideals become affixed. More precisely, this course will look at how Jesus is continually re-fashioned to advance specific social interests- how we see in Jesus what we want to see and consequently understand him to be on "our" side of a given debate.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 09:30 to 12:30 · Begins: 06/08 · Ends: 06/18
Instructors: Christopher B. Zeichman
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10
Additional Notes: Last day to register: May 18 / last day to pay: TBA / last day to drop: June 10
3000 Level Courses
TRB3321HF  L0101

Wisdom Literature

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

What does it mean to be wise? How does the Bible understand wisdom as a revelation of God? How might suffering, anomie, and meaninglessness help us grow in our grasp of God's desire for the world and human community? Our focus will be primarily the books of Proverbs, Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) and Job (with an occasional glance at other parts of the biblical traditions) as the classic exemplars of the wisdom tradition of ancient Israel. We will consider cross cultural questions about ancient Near Eastern Wisdom, the evolution of the wisdom tradition, the figure of Sophia, and contemporary responses to the wisdom literature. How might wisdom literature be useful in pastoral and other ministry settings?

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 18:00 to 21:00 · Begins: 05/26 · Ends: 06/25
Instructors: Walter Deller
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 340
SMB3781HS  L0101

Paul: Pastor and Theologian

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  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.

AD students enrol in SMB6781HS.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 17:30 to 20:30 · Begins: 06/22 · Ends: 07/03
Schedule Notes: No class on July 1 (Canada Day)
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
Enrollment Notes: Last day to drop course without penalty - June 25, 2015
TRB3967HF  L0101

Exodus in Teaching and Proclamation

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Exodus has been a central text for both Jewish and Christian raditions. It is a book with a surplus of meaning. In partnership with contemporary theory about adult learning and different approaches to preaching, we will explore different ways thinkers, both Christian and Jewish have sought to unfold this book's riches in different times and circumstances, considering and practicing how this might best be done in our present period. This course will explore a range of thinkers and texts including but not limited to: Paul, Origen, Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, The Mekhilta de Rabbi-lshmael, Rashi, Luther, Elie Wiesel, Michael Walzer, A viva Gottlieb Zornberg, John van Seters, Ellen Frankel, Carol Meyers and Jonathan Sacks; as well as works of art and music.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 18:00 to 21:00 · Begins: 05/25 · Ends: 06/24
Instructors: Walter Deller
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Pastoral Theology
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 340
6000 Level Courses
SMB6781HS  L0101

Paul: Pastor and Theologian

Offered in Summer 2015  ·  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.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3781HS.

Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 17:30 to 20:30 · Begins: 06/22 · Ends: 07/03
Schedule Notes: No class on July 1 (Canada Day)
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: Second Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: Last day to drop course without penalty - June 25, 2015

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