THEO 300 Engaging Scripture


The goal of the course is to deepen students' familiarity with foundational, biblical texts and with the different ways these texts have been read through the centuries. Content will ordinarily include at least one major section from each Testament (Pentateuch or Prophets and Gospels or Pauline Letters) and the intertextual nature of the texts will be highlighted (e.g. "Abraham" in Romans 4; "Passover" in Eucharistic texts and so on). Students will also learn various hermeneutical methods used through the ages (e.g. patristic, historical-critical, reader-response, feminist, canonical, etc.).

Course objectives:

  1. Students will know the texts of the OT (at least Pentateuch or Prophets) and the NT (at least Gospels or Letters) through extensive reading of those texts and will demonstrate this knowledge through exegetical and theological papers on representative passages.
  2. Students will understand the polyvalent character of Biblical texts and will study and employ a variety of methods and approaches for their interpretation. These “methods and approaches” will be representative of the ancient church, the historical critical method and postmodernism. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of these methods and approaches through class discussion and through exegetical and theological papers.
  3. Students will understand the canonical and the ecclesial contexts of the scriptures: i.e. the unity and intertextuality of the various scriptural books, and the mutuality among texts, canon and churches. Students will demonstrate their understanding through class discussion and through exegetical and theological papers.