Newman Theological College
Sacred Scripture Courses

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL

NOTE: The indication O.R. points out courses that are Ordination requirements.These courses are offered on a regular two-year cycle. Other courses are offered less regularly.
 

CORE COURSES

 

SCR 100 INTRODUCTION TO SACRED SCRIPTURE AND THEIR INTERPRETATION* 

Pre-requisite to all other scripture courses on the program.

3 Credits - O.R.

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.


SCR 131 PSALMS AND WISDOM LITERATURE

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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, 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.
 


SCR 132 THE PROPHETS

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.

 

SCR 151 Matthew and Mark

3 credits

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

This course considers the Canonical Gospels of Matthew and Mark. Initial considerations of the historical backdrops to these gospels lead to a closer examination of the literature. Both gospels are read in their entirety, with particular attention given to their Christology, Pneumatology, Discipleship, Ecclesiology,
Missiology, Eschatology, and overall theological perspectives within and in relation to the Canon of Scripture.

The seminar component of this course invites students to investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, questions arising from a consideration of the interrelationship between the two gospels.
 

SCR 152 Luke-Acts

3 credits

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

This course considers the Canonical compositions attributed to St. Luke: the Gospel and the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. An initial consideration of the historical backdrops to these literary compositions leads to a close sequential examination of the Gospel and the Book of Acts. Both works are read in their entirety, with particular attention given to their Christology, Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Missiology,
Eschatology, and overall theological perspectives within and in relation to Salvation History.

The seminar component of this course invites students to investigate, at a level pertinent to their program of study, historical and theological questions arising from a consideration of the Lukan material.


SCR 154 THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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 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.
 

SCR 155 PAULINE LITERATURE

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.
 

SCR 156 JOHANNINE LITERATURE

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.

 

SCR 163 THE PENTATEUCH AND HISTORICAL BOOKS

3 Credits - O.R.

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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

 

SCR 220 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.
 

SCR 225 THE WORLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

3 Credits

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.
 

SCR 226 THE BOOK OF ACTS AND OTHER NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS

3 Credits

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.
 

SCR 230 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.).

 

SCR 245 SELECTED TOPICS

3 Credits

Varied course descriptions.
 

SCR 256 THE BIBLE AND WOMEN

3 Credits

(Pre-requisite SCR 100)

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.

 

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