Newman Theological College
Sacred Scripture Courses

GRADUATE LEVEL

First year course: BST 400 is a prerequisite and is indicated with an asterisk(*).

Note: Newman Theological College courses are offered on a two-year rotation.  This means that not all courses outlined below are offered in each semester of each year.  For further details of the specific course offerings for the academic year 2012/13.  Copies of the Course Offerings are also available for pick up in the foyer of Student Services on campus.

Online graduate courses are offered from time to time.  The M.Div., M.T.S. and M.Th. programs are not designed to be taken as Distance Education programs.

 

CORE COURSES

 

BST 400*  INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURES AND THEIR INTERPRETATION

3 Credits
This course introduces students to the Sacred Scriptures of the Christian faith, their academic study and their interpretation.  The various books of the Old and New Testaments of the Catholic Bible are introduced in relation to their historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds, with timely references to geographical and archaeological data.  Concurrently, students are introduced to the concepts of biblical inspiration, biblical inerrancy, and the formation of the canon.

This course also includes a seminar that explores the question of the interpretation of scripture with the Mind of the Church, during which key Church documents will be analyzed while some major contributions from the world of academia to the field of biblical interpretation will be considered.  The aim is to equip students with a range of exegetical tools and building blocks that will be necessary in subsequent scripture courses in their chosen program, and indeed in their various ministries as exegetes of Sacred Scripture.
 

BST 421  MATTHEW AND MARK

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

Methods of interpretation. The synoptic problem. Structures of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. A comparative study of the message of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark emphasizing the tradition and redaction levels and introducing literary, structural and narrative approaches as well.
 

BST 422  LUKE-ACTS

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

A study of the text, biblical theology and introductory questions. Jesus the Saviour, the infancy narratives, parables and miracles, death and resurrection. The gift of the Spirit and the birth of the Church, mission and ministry, the role of women, the universality of salvation.
 

BST 423  PAULINE LITERATURE

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the epistolary literature of the New Testament attributed to the Apostle Paul.  A brief survey of the Apostle’s life and gospel gives way to a close reading of the Pauline Letters.  Although all Pauline Epistles will be read (1 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Romans), students will in particular consider central Pauline themes (Christology, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Pneumatology) as expounded in the First Letter to the Corinthians and the Letter to the Romans. 

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.
 

BST 424  JOHANNINE LITERATURE

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the Canonical literature traditionally attributed to the Fourth Evangelist (Gospel of John, 1, 2 and 3 John, the Book of Revelation).  An initial consideration of the milieu from which the Johannine Community/School emanated (date, authorship, and provenance) serves as a backdrop to a closer examination of the literature.  The entirety of the Johannine corpus will be read, with particular attention given to the distinctive Christology (Signs, “I AM” Sayings), Pneumatology (the Spirit-Paraclete), Ecclesiology, Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theology of this Canonical body of literature.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.
 

BST 425 THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course focuses on the Canonical Gospels of the Synoptic tradition. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are introduced, with particular attention given to their structure, their specific characteristics and historical circumstances, as well as their presentations of Jesus the Christ and their teachings on Christian discipleship. This course also includes a seminar, during which students will investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
 

BST 433 THE PENTATEUCH AND HISTORICAL BOOKS

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Pentateuch (the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and their cognate literature known as the Historical Books (Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah). The literature is investigated as a distinct body and in relation to the Canon of Scripture, with particular emphasis given to historical, literary (including text critical), exegetical and theological questions. The relationship between the Israelites and God—as portrayed by the biblical authors of the Pentateuch and Historical Books —is explored through the theme of covenantal love.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

BST 420  THE OLD TESTAMENT   

3 Credits

Formation and interpretation of the Old Testament: biblical inspiration, canonicity, textual criticism, hermeneutics, history, geography and archaeology. Understanding the Old Testament. Study of selected texts from the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, Wisdom, Prophets, and Deutero-Canonical books of the Old Testament focusing on salvation history and covenant theology.

Students in the M.R.E. program cannot receive credit for both BST 400 & BST 420.
 

BST 430   THE NEW TESTAMENT

3 Credits

Formation and interpretation of the New Testament: biblical inspiration, canonicity, textual criticism, hermeneutics, history, geography and archaeology. Understanding the New Testament. Study of selected texts from the Gospels, Pauline Letters, Catholic Epistles and other NT writings (Acts of the Apostles, Hebrews, etc.).

Students in the M.R.E. program cannot receive credit for both BST 400 & BST 430.
 

BST 525  THE WORLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

History of the New Testament era. Context of Judaism, 63 BCE-66CE. Common Judaism: daily life and worship. Groups and parties. Zoroastrianism. Jewish and Hellenistic thought and literature: Apocrypha, apocalyptic, testament, rabbinical literature. The Septuagint. Philo. Greco-Roman religions. Stoicism. Gnosticism.
 

BST 526 THE BOOK OF ACTS AND OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS   

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the Book of the Acts of the Apostles and the epistolary literature constituted of the Letter to the Hebrews, 1 and 2 Peter, James, and Jude. Central Theological themes (Christology, Ecclesiology, Pneumatology, Soteriology) are identified and expounded.

The Seminar component of this course invites students to engage, at a level pertaining to their particular program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature.
 

BST 531  THE PROPHETS

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Prophets.  The literature is investigated as a distinct body and in relation to the Canon of Scripture, with particular emphasis given to historical (pre-exilic), literary (including text critical), exegetical and theological questions.  The relationship between the Israelites and God—as portrayed by the biblical prophets—is explored from the perspective of messianism and ‘new covenant theology’.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.
 

BST 532  PSALMS AND WISDOM LITERATURE

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

This course considers the Canonical corpus of the Old Testament traditionally referred to as the Psalms and Wisdom literature (Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Qoheleth Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon and Sirach/Ecclesiasticus).  The Psalter and Wisdom Literature are covered in turn, with specific emphasis given to historical, literary, exegetical and theological questions.  In particular, the themes of faith and hope, the human condition and suffering, and perceived absence of God, in selected texts form the Psalter and the book of Qoheleth/Ecclesiastes are examined for their contribution to pastoral ethical contemporary issues.

The seminar component of this course will invite students to engage, at a level pertinent to their program of study, with contemporary issues raised by the literature at hand.
 

BST 534  THE BIBLE AND WOMEN

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

Study of the biblical texts which focus on women: the narratives about women's lives, the feminine metaphors for God and the people of God, and the ideals presented for women's lives. Introduction to feminist methods of biblical interpretation.
 

BST 558 SELECTED TOPICS               

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

Varied course description.
 

BST 626  SERMON ON THE MOUNT

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

History of research. A structural, exegetical and theological study of the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.
 

BST 800  SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS IN  BIBLICAL STUDIES

3 Credits

(Prerequisite BST 400)

Study of a particular area in Sacred Scripture.

 

METHODOLOGY COURSE

BST 635 Research and Methodology in Biblical Studies

Introduction to hermeneutical questions. The use and value of different hermeneutical methods: historical critical (text criticism, sources, form, and redaction criticism), literary (rhetoric, narratives, structuralism), canonical, social scientific (sociological, anthropological and psychological approaches, and contextual approaches (liberation, feminist). Formation of the NT canon, relationship of the Old and New Testaments, inspiration and authority. Appropriate tools for biblical research. Critical evaluation of the above. For M.Th. students: identifying a unique theological question.

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