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Sacred Scripture


SCRP 501 Introduction to Biblical Studies: Wisdom and Psalms (3)
This course provides the student with an introduction to biblical studies. Students are introduced to principles of Catholic scriptural interpretation: inspiration and inerrancy; the formation of the canon; the relationship of the Old and New Testament, biblical typology, etc. The development of biblical manuscripts and translations is covered as is a survey of the history of biblical interpretation over the centuries is included. Students are introduced to various methods of biblical exegesis, both ancient (e.g. allegory) and modern/contemporary (e.g. form, source, redaction criticism) and informed of their strengths and limitations, as per the Church's Scripture documents. Students will apply their knowledge from the course in the writing of an exegesis paper on a biblical text; specifically, on a passage from either the Pslams or Wisdom literature. Required for the S.T.B., M.Div., and M.A. (theology) degree programs.

SCRP 502 Pentateuch and the Historical Books (3)
This course provides the student with an introduction to the Pentateuch and Historical Books of the Old Testament (Gen-Deut, Joshua, Judges, I-II Sam, I-II Ki, I-II Chron, Ezra, Neh, I-II Macc). The course follows SCRP 501 in the curriculum. Students will read through each of the biblical books with emphasis upon those passages contained in the Sunday Lectionary. The theological, historical, and literary features of each book will be discussed, along with their larger contributions in the canon of Scripture. Through careful study, students will gain a clearer understanding of these biblical books in order to preach and teach them effectively. Students will apply their knowledge from the course in the writing of an exegesis paper on a discrete passage from one of these biblical books. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs and for Sacred Scripture concentrators in the M.A. (theology) degree program.

SCRP 601 The Prophets (3)
A general introduction to the Old Testament prophets, both pre-classical and classical. After an introductory treatment of general questions concerning the nature and history of prophecy, the individual prophets are treated, as far as possible, in chronological order so that they may be seen in their historical settings. Select passages, especially those in the lectionary, will receive detailed exegesis. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs and for Sacred Scripture concentrators in the M.A. (theology) degree program.

SCRP 602 Matthew and Mark (3)
An introduction to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. After an initial introduction to the Synoptic Problem, issues to be examined for each book will include authorship, dating, recipients, sources, life setting, overall compositional plan, authorial purposes, the use of the OT in the NT, and theological themes and emphases. Each book will be read carefully. A number of passages will receive detailed analysis, in particular, Matthew's Passion narrative. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs.

SCRP 701 Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles (3)
An introduction to the Lukan double work looking at authorship, dating, sources, redaction and the theological themes and emphases of Luke. Select passages, especially those in the Lectionary, will receive detailed exegesis. Required for the S.T.B., M.Div., and M.A. (theology) degree programs.

SCRP 702 Johannine Writings: Gospel, Revelation, and Letters (3)
A study of the Gospel, the Letters, and the Book of Revelation. Consideration of authorship, dating, and the situation of the Johannine community; analysis of the structure of each of the works, exegesis of selected passages, and examination of important Johannine themes. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs and for Sacred Scripture concentrators in the M.A. (theology) degree program.

SCRP 801 The Pauline Literature and Pastoral Letters (3)
Examination of the accounts of Paul’s conversion and missionary activity in Acts and in his Letters; reading of his Letters with a view to development of Paul’s theological understanding of the mystery of Christ and its transforming effect on Christian life. Required for the S.T.B. and M.Div. degree programs and for Sacred Scripture concentrators in the M.A. (theology) degree program.

Elective Courses

M.A. (Theology) degree candidates concentrating in Sacred Scripture, concomitant with the elective requirement, take an additional one-credit directed research course for inclusion in the Research Projects Portfolio required for the degree.

SCRP 914 Themes in Biblical Theology (2)
This course will afford the opportunity for students to study one specialized topic, or several interrelated topics, which are treated more generally in the core courses in Sacred Scripture (e.g., the priesthood, the apostles) in much greater depth. This course can be taken for credit more than once as long as the topic studied varies. Past offerings have included: Priesthood and Vocation in the Scriptures (spring 2013/spring 2012-online); Holy Rosary (fall 2012); Biblical Christology of Pope Benedict XVI (fall 2011); The Holy Land and the Seminarian (spring 2011); Scriptural Apologetics (spring 2010);  Jesus and the Apostles (spring 2010); and  Jesus and the Gospels in Early Christianity (fall 2009).

SCRP 916- 918  Exegetical Studies of Selected Texts (2)
This course is an in-depth study of selected books of the Bible (e.g., Hebrews, Psalms) or a selected genre from the Scriptures (e.g., the Parables, Sermons on the Mount/Plain), with special emphasis on interpretation valuable for the ministry of the priest. This course can be taken for credit more than once as long as the topic studied varies. Past offerings have included: Studies in the Parables of Jesus (spring 2009); and Acts of the Apostles (spring 2009).

SCRP 970 Readings in Greek: The Gospel of John (2)
This course will consist of selected readings and exegetical analysis in Greek New Testament from the Gospel of John. The course will strengthen the students’ knowledge of Greek grammar, syntax and vocabulary. The course will also enhance the students’ exegetical and interpretive skills. Cross-listed as GREK 970. Prerequisite: GREK 960 (Offered even academic years).

 
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