Syllabus - Religion 1310 (Spring 2010)

Syllabus - Religion 1310 (Spring 2010) - Religion 1310-02...

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Religion 1310-02 Introduction to Christian Scripture Course Syllabus Baylor University Instructor: Brian Small Spring, 2010 MWF 11:15-12:05 Office: Tidwell B13b Office hours: MWF 9:00-11:00 and by appointment Office phone: 710-3152 Email: [email protected] I. COURSE DESCRIPTION : 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. II. COURSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES : This course is designed to help the student become a more interested and informed 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 academic and confessional context. The course is taught within the context of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University. What this 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.
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III. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS : The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books . 3rd edition. Edited by Michael D. Coogan.
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