OLD TESTAMENT PART I
This is an intensive introduction to the literature, history, and theology of ancient Israel from its beginnings around 1250 B.C.E. until the rise of the early monarchy under Saul and David. The biblical sources of the history of this period, Genesis 12 through 2 Samuel and associated literature, are read in addition to careful study of the textbook.
OLD TESTAMENT PART II
This course is an intensive introduction to the literature, history, and theology of ancient Israel from the monarchy up to the fall in 63 B.C.E. of the Hasmoneans. The primary sources of the history of this period from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and its associated literature are read in addition to careful study of the textbook.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
This course invites students to experience directly the New Testament writings in their original contexts. Using contemporary tools and techniques of Biblical and literary criticism, the class studies these writings as vital elements in the lives of the persons who first heard the proclamation of the Christian Church.
WOMEN IN THE BIBLE
This course introduces new methods and examples of reading Biblical stories from feminist and womanist perspectives. Multi-disciplinary methods are used that combine literary, historical, social, and theological insights to analyze Biblical texts that feature women. These new methods of textual interpretation are practiced in class by students. Men as well as women are encouraged to enroll in this class.
THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS FOR ESL STUDENTS
This course introduces students of English to the academic study of the first three Gospels of the New Testament, called the Synoptic Gospels because of their common outlook. The Biblical texts are carefully read and discussed in class. Study of the texts is supplemented by the foot-notes in a contemporary Study Bible, classroom discussion, and lectures. The course assumes a speaking and reading knowledge of English at the high beginning or low intermediate level. More advanced students of English are also welcome.