Course Topics

Hebrew 101 Elementary Hebrew

The first course of a two-semester sequence introducing the essential forms, grammar, and vocabulary of the language. Practice gained through graded exercises and readings provides the basis for translating passages drawn from the prose and poetry of the Hebrew Bible.

Religion 101 Introduction to Biblical Studies

An introduction to the academic study of biblical literature with an emphasis on selected writings, themes, and methods of interpretation. Students will also become familiar with extra-biblical sources (textual and archaeological) which contribute to understanding the Bible in its historical, socio-economic, theological, and literary contexts.

REL 213 Archaeology and the Bible

This course will explore the role of archaeology in biblical studies as well as studies of the history of ancient Israel. The course will consist of an examination of the methods and techniques used in Palestinian archaeology; an overview of the role that archaeology has played in biblical studies from the nineteenth century to the present; and an examination of specific archaeological sites and artifacts and their relation to biblical texts.

Religion 314 Teaching the Bible

In this course, students will apply interpretive methods to biblical texts in order to develop an understanding of the context and significance of these texts, then develop educational programs for use in a congregational setting that reflect this analysis. The entirety of the course will consist of collaborative work in groups. Class time will consist of four weekdays and Sunday mornings; a significant amount of the course will consist of group work outside of class. In groups of 4-5 people, students will choose a text appropriate for a specific age group, apply interpretive methods to that text, and develop a Sunday School lesson for that age group. Groups will rotate to different Sunday School classes each week. In addition, students will develop an outline for an adult education series, and assess existing curricular materials after the experience of developing their own programming.