Biblical Courses for the 2012 Fall Session

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Crosslisted Courses

1000 Level Courses
KNB1001HF  L0101

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is the first of two courses designed to introduce the student to the basics of biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax. It is intended for both those who wish to acquire Hebrew for use in ministry and for those who intend to go on to advanced academic degrees. Lecture. Evaluation will include quizzes, workbook exercises, mid-term and final exams.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB1003HF  L0101

Old Testament I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to modern historical criticism of the Old Testament, with special attention given to the formation of scripture from ancient traditions and its implications for history of Jewish and Christian interpretation. Short papers and a final exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Judith Newman
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB1006HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course on the Old Testament presents an overview of the Hebrew canon and explores the content, theological themes, and canonical shaping of selected books. Students will be introduced to the history and geography ancient Israel. Additional emphasis will be on interpreting this material as Scripture of the Church. Readings and audio lectures. Weekly assignments, online discussion, final paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB1007HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary ministry. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement of the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return. Weekly lectures and discussion, plus mandatory one-hour tutorial at 13:00-13:50 before each class (no tutorial for the first class); research papers, application paper, class participation.

Schedule: Thursday, 13:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Heather Macumber
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: No tutorial for the first Class.  First class starts at 14:00.
WYB1008HF  L0101

Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture for the Church: Part I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to Old Testament literature and history, with emphasis on application within the church. Lectures and seminars. Readings, written assignments and final paper or exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
CGB1011HF  L0101

Reading and Teaching the Old Testament

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Waterloo Site

A study of the literary genres, the history of composition, and the canonization of the Old Testament texts. The course will examine various hermeneutical approaches to the Old Testament. The course will examine various hermeneutical approaches to the Old Testament, focusing on their implications for Christian theological interpretation. It will introduce some methods of teaching the Old Testament in various settings.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: W. Derek Suderman
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB1081HF  L0101

New Testament Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader. Lecture/Discussion; paper; mid-term and final exam.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Robert Nusca
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB1081HF  L4101

New Testament Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · St. Augustine's Aurora Site

Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader. Lecture/Discussion; paper; mid-term and final exam.

Schedule: Saturday, 9:00 to 16:00
Schedule Notes: Sept 15, 29, Oct 20, Nov 17
Instructors: J. Chandrakanthan
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8
SAB1081HF  L0102

New Testament Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · St. Augustine's (2661 Kingston Rd.) Scarborough Site

Survey of New Testament world, authors, theologies. Introduction to the historical-critical and other methods of exegesis. Focus on the relation of hermeneutic to Christian Theological traditions; determining the senses of Scripture, the intent of the author, the structures in the texts; stance of the reader. Lecture/Discussion; paper; mid-term and final exam. This course is part of the Diaconate Formation Diploma program at St. Augustine's.

Schedule:
Schedule Notes: Weekends  
Instructors: Walter Werbylo
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB1501HF  L0101

Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is an introduction to the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, as well as to exegetical method in the study of the New Testament. Weekly lectures, compulsory tutorial; assigned papers; final exam or integrative paper.

Class is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Tutorial is from 11 a.m. to noon.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 12:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 214
RGB1501HF  L0101

An Introduction to the New Testament

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course has two aims: first, to familiarize you with the context and the content of the four canonical Gospels, including information related to the production and subsequent transmission of these writings; and second, to introduce you to the role that different analytical methodologies or conscious "reading strategies" play in the interpretation of these texts. The course will cover redaction, literary, textual, and ideological criticism, as well as the political and social background of the Gospels. There will be both lecture and practical application. Attention will also be given to use of the Library and the Internet for New Testament research. Short written assignments and a final exam.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 42
WYB1501HF  L0101

From the Gospel to the Gospels (NT I)

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to the four Gospels in their social, historical and theological settings. Using a "socio-literary" approach, we will study the Gospels within a two-dimensional framework, both centred on what the early Christians called the "gospel" or "Kerygma." One dimension has to do with social history — the origin and development of Christianity as a distinct social entity, from its foundations in the ministry of Jesus and the Easter experience, through its emergence as a Jewish renewal movement, and on to its development into a separate, largely Gentile, institutionalized religion. The second dimension has to do with literature — the process by which the Gospels came to be written, their literary form and texture, and their character as narrative versions of the "gospel." Tutorial from 10 - 11 am. Weekly lectures; assigned papers; final exam or integration paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB1501HF  L0101

New Testament I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to the major methods and issues in New Testament interpretation: textual criticism; the world of the New Testament; the composition, structure and theologies of the Synoptic Gospels; traditions behind the Gospels; the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. Lectures; assigned papers and exam.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 17:00
Instructors: John Egger
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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EMB1511HF  L0101

Elementary New Testament Greek I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Introduction to ancient Greek grammar for the sake of reading the New Testament. The focus will be on basic aspects of ancient Greek grammar and syntax. Weekly class participation, quizzes, final exam.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, 16:00 to 18:00
Instructors: John Egger
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit

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KNB1511HF  L6101

New Testament Greek I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Online Course

An introduction to the grammar and syntax of Koine Greek. Students will also develop a basic proficiency in reading and pronouncing the text of the Greek New Testament. Lecture, group work, evaluation of Greek pronunication. Weekly assignments, midterm project, final exam.

Schedule: 0:00 to 0:00
Instructors:
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB1513YY  L0101

Elementary New Testament Greek

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Basic New Testament Greek grammar. During the first semester, students work through a large portion of the textbook, which introduces basic grammatical and syntactical elements of the language. In the second semester students complete the introductory grammar textbook, and begin reading in the Greek New Testament. Class participation, periodic tests, final exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 16:00 to 17:30
Instructors: Sherri Guenther Trautwein
Other Information: Full Year · Two Credits · Min: 8
2000 Level Courses
ICB2010HF  L0101

Biblical Foundations

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will explore the Bible as the ongoing story of and for God and creation, paying special attention to the way in which God's story is intertwined with that of humanity and the world. In asking whether and in what way the Bible is also our story, we will attempt to identify which hermeneutical methods might help us discern its significance for present day life, including the academic enterprise.

Schedule: Monday, 19:00 to 22:00
Instructors: Nicholas Ansell
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB2013HF  L0101

Biblical Hebrew I

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The goal of Biblical Hebrew I and its adjoining course Biblical Hebrew II is to provide both students training for designated ministry and those students who wish to continue in advanced degree studies with a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew.  The acquired skills may be used for the purposes of homiletical exegesis, scholarship pursuit, and the general pleasure of textual theological interpretations.  Classes are twice weekly, and consist of lecture, homework tutorial, quizzes and quiz review, translation work, and theological reflections posted on Twitter.  Evaluation: weekly quizzes; midterm exam; attendance and participation; final exam.

Schedule: Tuesday, Thursday, 16:00 to 18:00
Instructors:
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 5

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KNB2127HF  L0101

Hebrew Reading & Exegesis

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course builds on students knowledge of introductory Hebrew grammar to engage them in the reading and interpretation of Hebrew narrative (selections from Jonah, Ruth, and other books). Emphasis is on building Hebrew vocabulary and confidence in reading and on developing exegetical skill. Quizzes, presentation, mid-term and final exams. Prerequisite: Introductory course in Hebrew.

Schedule: Tuesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Brian Irwin
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
KNB2131HF  L0101

Greek Exegesis

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course provides practice analyzing and translating early Christian and Jewish Greek texts, and interpreting them with respect to their literary and social contexts.  Lecture, discussion.  Quizzes, exegetical assignment, final exam.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB2181HF  L0101

Prophetic Literature

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course introduces the prophets of Israel from their historical contexts, explores developments, genres and theological themes. Attention will be paid to the role of Israelite prophets in the larger ancient Near East context and prophetic contributions to Israelite expressions of God. Basic methods of exegesis will be reinforced as well as attention to a Catholic framework for interpretation. Lectures, quizzes, exams and a final paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Frederick Yon-Ho Chung
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB2210HF  L0101

The Call to Prophecy

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Exploration of the function of prophecy in Israel using as a point of departure the vocation texts of the three major prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. Written examination or paper.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 42
SAB2383HF  L0101

Introducing Hebrew Wisdom Literature

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course introduces the Hebrew Wisdom Literature in its Mediterranean setting and explores common literary genres and theological motifs. Close reading of Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), and wisdom psalms, with an eye on practical application today. Participation, seminars, quizzes, exegetical paper. Teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, and readings. Means of evaluation: Quizzes, final paper, attendance and class participation.

Schedule: Friday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Igal German
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 10 · Max: 14
KNB2514HF  L0101

Intermediate Hellenistic Greek

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2009 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course provides analyzing and translating early Christian and Jewish Greek texts, and interpreting them with respect to their literary and social contexts.  Lecture, discussion.  Quizzes.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SAB2612HF  L0101

Synoptic Gospels

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Apostolic preaching and its development in Gospel writing. A look at the Synoptic Question. Special introduction to first three gospels, with attention to the themes and theology of each tradition. Exegetical study of selected passages in Mark, completed with reference to accounts in Matthew and Luke. Lectures, discussion, midterm exam, paper, final exam. Prerequisite: An introduction to New Testament course.

Schedule: Tuesday, 09:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Walter Werbylo
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB2660HF  L6101

Who is Jesus? (NT II)

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to the content of a portion of the New Testament: 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Peter, Hebrews and Revelation.  The guiding question of the course is "Who is Jesus?".Online lectures, textbook readings, discussion groups. Evaluation: exegetical papers, online discussions.. Prerequisite: WYB1501 or equivalent.

Schedule: · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Ann Jervis
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 20
TRB2668HF  L0101

Gospel of Luke

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Luke's themes of universality and of Christ as savior of the disadvantaged demonstrate God's openness in Christianity to everyone and form the core of Luke's personal portrayal of God's saving action in history and in the world. According to Luke, disciples and "eye-witnesses" of Jesus of Nazareth are characterized by their receptivity towards God's saving activity and their responses and reactions of joy, wonder, praise and blessing to that activity. Special attention will be paid to Luke's presentation of Jesus' proclamation of a liberation which is not limited by ethnic, national, economic or gender concerns. This course will consider Luke's Gospel as a blueprint for contemporary ministry. Weekly assignments, final paper, class preparation and participation. Prerequisite: TSB 1501 (or equivalent).

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 340
SAB2902HF  L6101 · Cancelled on 2012/06/04

Introducing the Book of Psalms

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An introduction to the Book of Psalms with an emphasis on its spirituality. The following topics to be considered: creation, Israelite history and institute of kingship, communal pilgrimage, sacred space and time, covenant and law, messianic expectations, exile and restoration, individual and corporate worship, and biblical ethics as reflected in the Hebrew Psalter. The class will be also familiarized with the conventions of Hebrew poetry, the use of psalms in Jewish and Christian liturgy, the history of Psalms interpretation (particular attention will be paid to the New Testament and Patristic hermeneutics), canon, structure, authorship, and dating. The objective of this course is to help students to develop exegetical skills and apply those to the study of individual Psalms. A complete reading of the Book of Psalms is mandatory. Instructional methods: lecture notes, assigned readings, online participation, assignments, final paper.

Schedule: Online Course · Begins: · Ends:
Instructors: Igal German
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Min: 8 · Max: 25
3000 Level Courses
SMB3201HF  L0101

Isaiah

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will survey the book of Isaiah to understand and appreciate its contribution to the faith of Israel and to develop skill in reading and interpreting a prophetic book. Particular attention will be given to major themes and dominant images.

AD students enrol in SMB6201HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: William H. Irwin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB3279HF  L0101

The Wisdom Tradition and the Book of Job

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Wisdom Tradition in Israel faced the paradox of maintaining God's mercy and justice in the light of Israel's failures and suffering. The Book of Job is an eloquent expression of Israel's grappling with the issues behind theodicy. The course begins with an exploration of Israel's Wisdom Tradition in relation to the Ancient Near East, prophecy and cult in order to set a context for reading and interpreting the book in its entirety. The literary features and structure of the work provide a methodological lense for appreciating how the Wisdom Tradition in the Book of Job dealt with suffering, ethics, beauty and love. (Lectures, discussion, major paper; and for AD students, reading selected texts in Hebrew).

AD students enrol in RGB6279HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 24
Enrollment Notes: Max 24 (AD & BD)
SMB3551HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2012/09/10

The Role of Emotions in the Letters of St. Paul

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the role of emotion in Paul's communication with early Christian communities.  We will study emotional appeals as a rhetorical strategy of the letters as well as the effects of such emotions in human beings (including their cultural construction, biological and psychological effects, role in cognition). The overarching question of the course is how to cultivate emotional intelligence in our readings of Paul's letters.  Lectures, class discussions of assigned readings, graded presentations and writing assignments.

AD students enrol in SMB6551HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB3670HF  L0101

Women as Interpreters of the Bible

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will examine how the Bible has been read, interpreted and proclaimed by women beginning with the period of the early church and including the writings of medieval visionaries, renaissance exegetes and continuing into the modern and post-modern periods. Women's interpretations of the Bible will be examined with a view to recovering women's readings and counter readings of biblical texts & raising relevant methodological and hermeneutical questions for modern readers. Lectures, student presentations, small group discussions. Evaluation: presentation and final paper.

AD students enrol in WYB6670HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB3714HF  L0101

Salvation as Liberation in Paul

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A significant reappraisal of Paul's theology is currently underway, involving not only particular aspects (e.g. justification by faith, atonement) and overall structure, but also the more basic question of how we might speak of Paul as a theological thinker. This course will study major theological themes in Paul's letters - including the nature of human existence; sin; the law; the death and resurrection of Christ; life "in Christ"; Israel and the Gentiles - with special emphasis on salvation as liberation (from "the powers" to the new solidarity of life "in Christ"). Three short resumes, final paper.

AD students enrol in WYB6714HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB3717HF  L0101

Letters to the Romans

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Paul’s Letter to the Romans is one of the most important and influential writings in the New Testament. This course is an exegetical study of Romans. Consideration will be given to Paul’s idea of salvation history, natural knowledge of God, justification by faith, Christian freedom and the problem of Israel. Greek is not a prerequisite for the course

AD students enrol in TRB6717HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212
TRB3820HF  L0101

Justice in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will trace the multi-faceted theme of justice as it unfolds throughout the biblical story. The way in which idolatry, economic justice, racial justice, justice for the land, food justice, justice for the stranger, justice for women, and peace and violence are interrelated will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on the issue of justice in our world today. Two short papers, one major research paper.

AD students enrol in TRB6820HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location:  Trinity College, Room TC 22
TRB3831HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2012/05/18

Creation in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This textually-focused seminar course explores the multi-faceted role of creation (land, seas, animals) in the biblical story, including the character of humanity's calling in relation to creation. The way in which idolatry and imperial powers control the land and their inhabitants as the story unfolds, and sabbath and jubilee as a faithful response to such powers, will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on our current ecological context. Participation in all seminars required; three short papers; major research paper. Off-campus site.

AD students enrol in TRB6831HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: TC22
KNB3930HF  L0101

Biblical Hermeneutics

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An exploration of contemporary hermeneutical theories, including those of Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur and Levinas.

AD students enrol in KNB6930HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB3940HF  L0101

Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Urban development of Jerusalem from the beginning of the Hasmonean period (100 BCE) and its expansion and enhancement under Herod the Great. How much of this Jerusalem did Jesus see and know? Historical and Archeological data amplifies the Biblical text. We will also consider the problems of the Temple Mount: definition and location of sanctity, water installations, entertainment structures as well as defining and elucidating the location of Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate. Informed attendance and participation in class discussion. Final paper.

AD students enrol in SMB6940HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Dan Bahat
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
5000 Level Courses
WYB5121HF  L0101

The Book of the Twelve

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This graduate seminar will consist of reading key Hebrew texts and especially engaging the recent literature dealing with the Book of the Twelve as editorially arranged. Older and opposing views will also be examined. Grade will be determined by one final paper on critical engagement with Twelve research.

Schedule: Tuesday, Friday, 11:00 to 13:00
Schedule Notes: Sept 10 - Oct 19
Instructors: Christopher Seitz
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
EMB5347HF  L0101

Wisdom in Second Temple Judaism

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course treats either books (Job, Sirach, Ecclesiastes, Wisdom of Solomon) or thematic aspects (creation, prayer, eschatology) of the sapiential tradition as it evolved in the period 538 BCE - 70 CE with an eye to the relationship of these books to the broader swath of sapiential textual traditions of the era, including the instruction literature from Qumran. In 2010, the focus will be Ben Sira, with attention to the significance of textual variants in the manuscript traditions for our understanding of the formation of the Bible. Course will be a seminar. Seminar participation, seminar presentations, major paper.

Schedule: Thursday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Judith Newman
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB5681HF  L0101

Issues in Johannine Scholarship

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Several issues in Johannine scholarship will be explored in depth, among them the following: (1) the Fourth Gospel and the Synoptics; (2) historicity of the Fourth Gospel; (3) the Johannine community and its historical situation; (4) the Fourth Gospel and other Christian traditions; (5) Johannine language and symbolism; (6) post-modern interpretations of the FG; (7) the FG and "the Jews"; (8) the FG and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lectures, discussions and class participation; final paper. Requirements: Reading knowledge of koine Greek.

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Scott M. Lewis
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 22
WYB5741HF  L0101

Galatians

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Seminar designed to enlarge students' understanding of Paul, of scholarship on Paul, and the letter he wrote to the Galatians. This course is designed both to deepen knowledge about Paul, Pauline scholarship and Galatians; and to sharpen students' research abilities and to provide an opportunity to prepare a trial thesis proposal. Teaching methods include lectures and seminar leadership. Evaluation is based on class presentations and a final project.

Schedule: Thursday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Ann Jervis
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Enrollment Notes: SEM
6000 Level Courses
SMB6201HF  L0101

Isaiah

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2008 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will survey the book of Isaiah to understand and appreciate its contribution to the faith of Israel and to develop skill in reading and interpreting a prophetic book. Particular attention will be given to major themes and dominant images.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3201HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: William H. Irwin
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
RGB6279HF  L0101

The Wisdon Tradition and the Book of Job

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The Wisdom Tradition in Israel faced the paradox of maintaining God's mercy and justice in the light of Israel's failures and suffering. The Book of Job is an eloquent expression of Israel's grappling with the issues behind theodicy. The course begins with an exploration of Israel's Wisdom Tradition in relation to the Ancient Near East, prophecy and cult in order to set a context for reading and interpreting the book in its entirety. The literary features and structure of the work provide a methodological lense for appreciating how the Wisdom Tradition in the Book of Job dealt with suffering, ethics, beauty and love. (Lectures, discussion, major paper; and for AD students, reading selected texts in Hebrew).

Basic Degree students enrol in RGB3279HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Michael F. Kolarcik
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Max: 24
Enrollment Notes: Max 24 (AD & BD)
SMB6551HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2012/09/10

The Role of Emotions in the Letters of St. Paul

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

The course offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the role of emotion in Paul's communication with early Christian communities.  We will study emotional appeals as a rhetorical strategy of the letters as well as the effects of such emotions in human beings (including their cultural construction, biological and psychological effects, role in cognition). The overarching question of the course is how to cultivate emotional intelligence in our readings of Paul's letters.  Lectures, class discussions of assigned readings, graded presentations and writing assignments.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3551HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Colleen Shantz
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB6670HF  L0101

Women as Interpreters of the Bible

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2007 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will examine how the Bible has been read, interpreted and proclaimed by women beginning with the period of the early church and including the writings of medieval visionaries, renaissance exegetes and continuing into the modern and post-modern periods. Women's interpretations of the Bible will be examined with a view to recovering women's readings and counter readings of biblical texts & raising relevant methodological and hermeneutical questions for modern readers.Lectures, student presentations, small group discussions. Book report, presentation & final paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYB3670HF.

Schedule: Thursday, 14:00 to 16:00
Instructors: Marion Ann Taylor
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
WYB6714HF  L0101

Salvation as Liberation in Paul

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Winter 2010 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

A significant reappraisal of Paul's theology is currently underway, involving not only particular aspects (e.g. justification by faith, atonement) and overall structure, but also the more basic question of how we might speak of Paul as a theological thinker. This course will study major theological themes in Paul's letters - including the nature of human existence; sin; the law; the death and resurrection of Christ; life "in Christ"; Israel and the Gentiles - with special emphasis on salvation as liberation (from "the powers" to the new solidarity of life "in Christ").Three short resumes, final paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in WYB3714HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 9:00 to 11:00
Instructors: Terence L. Donaldson
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
TRB6717HF  L0101

Letters to the Romans

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Paul’s Letter to the Romans is one of the most important and influential writings in the New Testament. This course is an exegetical study of Romans. Consideration will be given to Paul’s idea of salvation history, natural knowledge of God, justification by faith, Christian freedom and the problem of Israel. Greek is not a prerequisite for the course.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3717HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Michael Steinhauser
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: Larkin Building, room 212
TRB6820HF  L0101

Justice in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course will trace the multi-faceted theme of justice as it unfolds throughout the biblical story. The way in which idolatry, economic justice, racial justice, justice for the land, food justice, justice for the stranger, justice for women, and peace and violence are interrelated will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on the issue of justice in our world today. Two short papers, one major research paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3820HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Teaching Methods: Seminars
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location:  Trinity College, Room TC 22
TRB6831HF  L0101 · Cancelled on 2012/05/18

Creation in the Biblical Story

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This textually-focused seminar course explores the multi-faceted role of creation (land, seas, animals) in the biblical story, including the character of humanity's calling in relation to creation. The way in which idolatry and imperial powers control the land and their inhabitants as the story unfolds, and sabbath and jubilee as a faithful response to such powers, will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on our current ecological context. Participation in all seminars required; three short papers; major research paper. Off-campus site.

Basic Degree students enrol in TRB3831HF.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Sylvia Keesmaat
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Additional Notes: Location: TC22
KNB6930HF  L0101

Hermeneutical Theory 1

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

An exploration of contemporary hermeneutical theories, including those of Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, Ricoeur and Levinas.

Schedule: Wednesday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Bradley McLean
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
SMB6940HF  L0101

Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Fall 2011 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

Urban development of Jerusalem from the beginning of the Hasmonean period (100 BCE) and its expansion and enhancement under Herod the Great. How much of this Jerusalem did Jesus see and know? Historical and Archeological data amplifies the Biblical text. We will also consider the problems of the Temple Mount: definition and location of sanctity, water installations, entertainment structures as well as defining and elucidating the location of Jesus' trial before Pontius Pilate. Informed attendance and participation in class discussion. Final paper.

Basic Degree students enrol in SMB3940HF.

Schedule: Tuesday, 17:00 to 19:00
Instructors: Dan Bahat
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit
Interdisciplinary Crosslisted Courses
SMJ3609HF  L0101

Catholic Social Teaching

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  Previously offered in Summer 2012 · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course traces the development of Catholic Social Teaching and action from an historical and theological perspective. A Christian concept of justice will be explored within Biblical and theological contexts. Cultural developments that have impacted, and those that continue to influence, social thought, teaching and action within the Church will be discussed. The primary texts for the course are the social documents of the Church beginning with the Encyclical of Pope Leo X111, Rerum Novarum (1891) and continuing to the present day. Students will become familiar with the content of such documents and they will be encouraged to analyse the theological and social foundations upon which the documents have been developed. Key principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be introduced. The course will also explore the Christian call to justice and ways in which the social teachings of the Church can be integrated into personal spirituality and ministry. To facilitate such integration, examples will be highlighted from the lives of social activists within the Church. Teaching and learning methods will include, lecture, discussion, media and biographical analysis.

Schedule: Monday, 19:00 to 21:00
Instructors: Mary Rowell
Teaching Methods: Lectures
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Theological, Biblical
Enrollment Notes: This is an inter-disciplinary course that is cross-listed to the Biblical, Historical, Pastoral Theology and Theological Departments.
Theological Crosslisted Courses
WYT5154HF  L0101

Introduction to Methods in Scripture and Theology

Offered in Fall 2012  ·  New Course · Toronto (St. George Campus) Site

This course is designed for first year AD students in Scripture and Theology. It seeks to acquaint the student with major questions about and appreoaches to the theological meaning of Scripture in contemporary scholarship in the fields of Scripture and Theology, through the study of two key figures and their context, Brevard Childs and Robert Jenson. Seminar format, with some lecture and significant discussion, based on common readings. Attendance, reading, weekly precis, discussion (55%) and a major research paper (45%).

Schedule: Monday, 11:00 to 13:00
Instructors: Ephraim Radner
Other Information: First Semester · One Credit · Crosslisted to: Biblical

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