Introduction to Christian Scripture
Instructor: Brian Small
Office: Tidwell B13b
Office hours: MWF 9:00-11:00 and by appointment
Office phone: 710-3152
This course presents a general introduction to the Old and New Testaments, including
their contents, historical backgrounds, and major themes.
The course will also introduce
appropriate strategies for the interpretation of the Christian Scriptures.
COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
This course is designed to help the student become a more
reader of the Christian Scriptures.
As an interested reader the student will develop a greater appreciation of the history,
religion, and literature of ancient Israel and the early church.
The student will also have a greater
awareness and appreciation of the ways in which the Bible has profoundly influenced world
cultures, especially western civilization.
The student may also develop a greater appreciation of
how the Bible has shaped one's own religious faith commitments.
As an informed reader the student will develop a greater knowledge and understanding
of: the geography of the lands of the Bible, the development of the text and canonical shape of
the Bible, the general chronology of the biblical stories, the historical and religious contexts of
the biblical accounts, the literary genres of the various biblical texts, and the various strategies
for the interpretation of the biblical texts.
As Religion 1310 is part of the General Education Required Core Curriculum of Baylor
University, the course is taught within both an
is taught within the context of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.
course shares in common with other courses in the humanities division (english, history,
philosophy, pyschology, political science, sociology, etc.) is an interest in how to make good
sense of the texts we read.
At the same time, Baylor University is a church-related institution.
While the student is not required to espouse any particular faith commitment with regard to the
Bible in this class, the student should be aware that Bible contains religiously authoritative texts
for many people in our culture, and even in this class.
This course will work under the assumption that the shape of the Christian Scriptures,
from Genesis to Revelation, narrates a specific story.
This story will be explored under the
rubric of Creation, Corruption, Covenant, Christ, Church, and Consummation.