This course is a part of the Certificate of Christian Studies and is offered by the Tri-Colleges (Assumption University, Canterbury College and Iona College).
This course provides a critical introduction to the historical, literary, and theological aspects of the Bible. It will survey the central characters and events of the biblical text, examine the variety of genres found in the Bible, and discuss its key theological themes from an academic perspective. Students will be introduced to methods of biblical criticism and interpretation that integrate skills developed in other disciplines, such as critical thinking and logical analysis of moral systems and their historical contexts. The course does not presuppose any belief in or knowledge of the Bible.
In order to successfully complete the course, learners must attend class and receive a grade of 65% or higher on a short reflection assignment(s).
The Certificate in Christian Studies consists of 6 university-level courses and provides an opportunity to take the courses in one of two ways:
- Non-credit option which includes 1 final assignment or
- Credit option which includes an academic credit toward Assumption University.
If you are taking the credit option for academic credit toward Assumption university, register in Section 3. Learners will be expected to complete additional assignments for Section 3. Register for Section 4 for the non-credit option with only one assignment.
Johnson: The New Testament: A Very Short Introduction 9780199735709 (e-book 9780199745999)
Riches: The Bible VSI 2edition 9780198863335 (e-book available only 9780192608390)
Coogan: The Old Testament: VSI 9780195305050 (e-book 9780199885442)
Learning Management System Requirements
All course details can be accessed through Brightspace. A link will be provided through email to Brightspace and Microsoft Teams and you will have access the first day of class.
Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Brightspace and Microsoft Teams. If you have any issues, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be expected that learners will have:
- English language proficiency