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SCRIPTURE & BIBLICAL STUDIES

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

NEWT 5002 Z1

Introduction to the New Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

A required survey of the New Testament books in their historical and religious background with attention to hermeneutics, the patristic exegetical heritage, and modern biblical studies.

BTI Category

Professor

TO BE ANNOUNCED

ASYNC

ASYNC

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

NEWT 6045 Z1

Philanthropic Ministry In The New Test & Patristric Texts

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The focus of this course is on some of the classical biblical texts and their interpreters that urge us to serve and to keep the Lord's commandments. In particular, serving the poor and the loving neighbor will be studied through biblical readings and classic Patristic homilies and Lives of Saints (including more recent ones) who have embodied the spirit of philanthropy and outreach to their communities.

The course will be available for MTS online students (asynchronous) and for traditional/on-campus and remote students in a hybrid classroom.

Prerequisites: None

BTI Category

Professor

Dr. Bruce Beck

ASYNC

ASYNC

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

OLDT 5001

Introduction to the Old Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The Introduction to the study of the Old Testament is not, and cannot be, a substitute of the Old Testament, but rather a preparatory step, a reading guide, and a candid invitation to reading the Old Testament. The course is divided into two parts. The General Introduction deals with the Old Testament as history, literature, and part of the living tradition. The following topics are discussed in detail: unity in diversity of the Christian Bible, biblical text, biblical canon, and relationship between Scripture and Tradition. The Special Introduction survey the books of the Old Testament (including the anaginoskomena) and focuses on some theological themes rooted in the Pentateuch and running throughout the Old and New Testaments along with their interpretations within various hermeneutical contexts (Jewish, Christian, modern scholarship). The two themes discussed here are God and humanity.

BTI Category

Professor

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

M

9:10-10:30 AM

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

NEWT 5002

Introduction to the New Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

A required survey of the New Testament books in their historical and religious background with attention to hermeneutics, the patristic exegetical heritage, and modern biblical studies.

BTI Category

Professor

Rev. Dr. George Lewis Parsenios

F

10:30 AM - 12:50 PM

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMNT7013

Acts of the Apostles

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

An exegetically informed, narrative examination of the Acts of the Apostles. Attention will be given to key theological emphases that are featured throughout Luke's description of the birth and growth of the early church (e.g., God, jesus, the holy Spirit, the church, the twelve apostles, the witnesses, the role of Jerusalem, the entry of Gentiles into the church without the law, relations between Jews and Christians, the church as an extension of israel, "Christianity" and Judaism," Christianity and the Roman empire, universality, the resurrection, slavation history, Christology, eschatology, mission, salvation, prophecy, and themes peculiar to the Western text). The treatmnet of all topics will proceed with attention to the Gospel of Luke, the genre and purpose(s) of Luke's second book, and the life setting of the Lukan author and audience.

BTI Category

Professor

Matthew Monnig, S.J.

W

1:00-3:50

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMNT7050

Gospel of Mark

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

A close exegetical analysis of Mark's Gospel, with particular attention to Markan literary devices and to his portrayal of Jesus Christ, discipleship, and suffering.

BTI Category

Professor

Angela Kim Harkins

F

9:00-12:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMOT7014

The Core Narrative OT: Genesis to Kings

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

A study of the Pentateuch and the Deuteronomistic History (Deuteronomy to Kings) through lectures, and sections in which students present an exegesis of important passages. Solid knowledge of these books is essential to understand the rest of the Bible. This course does not duplicate other "introductions," for we read only Genesis through Kings (not the Prophets, Wisdom Literature, or Psalms), and a third of the class time is devoted to small sections, which are designed to sharpen exegetical and preaching skills.

BTI Category

Professor

Andrew Davis

TR

10:00-12:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMOT8149

Old Testament and Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The purpose of this course is to explore the intersection of the Old Testament and moral theology. Each week we will examine a theme that is significant in both fields, and we will consider how each field informs our understanding a given theme and its application in ministry. While we will be attentive to the different approaches of our respective fields, we will be focus on the ways that biblical studies and moral theology can work together for more effective service rooted in faith.

BTI Category

Professor

Andrew Davis
James Keenan, SJ

T

12:30-3:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

Graduate-level introductory courses in Old Testament and moral theology

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7803-01

Graeca

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Rapid reading in Jewish Greek texts (LXX, Philo, Josephus), with an introduction to research in the authors treated, for students who have completed Intermediate Greek.

BTI Category

Professor

Perkins

W

1-3:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; NT Greek profeciency

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO9981-01

Seminar: Biblical Studies II

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Required of Ph.D candidates in Biblical Studies.

BTI Category

Professor

Vanderhooft

F

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; Required of Ph.D candidates in Biblical Studies.

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTN 806

Gospel of John

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The purpose of this study of the Fourth Gospel is to acquaint the student with this work from the later New Testament period in a way that provides understanding of and the capacity for criticism of the text involved (in addition to some non-canonical Johannine literature, e.g., the Gnostic Apocryphon of John). Appreciation for both the unity and the diversity within the Johannine literature should increase during this study. (Requires TN 721 or equivalent)

BTI Category

Professor

Robert Hill

M

8:00-10:45am

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

STHTN721 NT Intro or equivalent

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTO 821

The Book of Psalms

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The Psalter, its development, organization, and content. The Psalms interpreted in their worship setting. Attention given to literary and devotional values of these lyrical classics of Israel.

BTI Category

Professor

Alejandro Botta

W

8:00-10:45am

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

STHTO 704 Intro to Hebrew Bible or equivalent

School

Saint John's Seminary

OT501

The Narrative Books of the Old Testatment: Genesis-Kings

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This course involves a close study of the Narrative Books of the Old Testament (Genesis-2 Kings). The historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the books are presented, taking account of chronological sequence and canonical context. The course seeks to impart a solid critical and theological understanding of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) and Former Prophets or �Deuteronomistic History� (Joshua-2 Kings) for prayer, preaching and catechesis. On completion, it is expected that the student will be equipped 1) to discuss the books with facility and 2) to appreciate the text from the perspectives of faith and reason. The student should develop a methodology for approaching the sacred text with a) humility and reverence (it is a Divine Word) and b) a critical/discerning eye (it is expressed in human words). Reason brings an awareness of historical background, sources, authorship, possible editing, literary forms, narrative approaches, etc. All aspects, however, are pursued within the greater vital context of divine inspiration, Sacred Tradition (including patristic and liturgical interpretation), and the life of the Church. The overarching aim is to discover what the Lord continues to communicate through the inspired text.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Briody

MWF

9:00-9:50 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

NT503

The Gospel According to John

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This course studies the Gospel of John, beginning with an overview of its structure and contents, and continuing with detailed exegesis of many key passages. Special emphasis is placed on the work as a late, highly creative example of an already established genre, whose exemplars (i.e. the Synoptic Gospels) were well known to the author of the Fourth Gospel. Special theological emphases of John, attested also in the Johannine letters, will often appear as further, sometimes dramatized developments of insights already present in the earlier gospel tradition.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Grover, O.M.V.

TR

9:00-10:15 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

NT626

Paul: A Second Temple Jew

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Since the Holocaust, there have been several scholarly attempts to rediscover who Paul is and what he stood for in terms of his teachings about Judaism (and Christianity); Was he opposed to Judaism? Did he break away from Judaism? Was he a radical Jew? Was he an anomalous Jew? Or was he just a simple Jew, living his life and observing the Jewish Torah as he understood it? Questions like these led to the scholarly themes on the study of Paul commonly called: the �anti-legalistic view of Paul,� the �new perspective on Paul� (NPP), the �apocalyptic view on Paul,� the �radical new perspective on Paul� (aka Paul within Judaism), and/or the �gift perspective on Paul.�
In this course, as we try to understand who Paul is within his day and time, we shall explore these perspectives on Paul and how they shape the reading of Paul and his views in his letters to the various churches and the individuals to whom he wrote.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Achu

T

2:45-4:45 pm

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

NEWT 6045 H1

Philanthropic Ministry In The New Test & Patristic Texts

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The focus of this course is on some of the classical biblical texts and their interpreters that urge us to serve and to keep the Lord's commandments. In particular, serving the poor and the loving neighbor will be studied through biblical readings and classic Patristic homilies and Lives of Saints (including more recent ones) who have embodied the spirit of philanthropy and outreach to their communities.

The course will be available for MTS online students (asynchronous) and for traditional/on-campus and remote students in a hybrid classroom.

Prerequisites: None

BTI Category

Professor

Dr. Bruce Beck

TBA

TBA

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

TBA

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

NEWT 7025 Z1

The Apostle Paul as Pastor

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This exegetically based course will explore Paul's varied pastoral responses to the differing circumstances his communities presented to him. Particular attention will be given to (1) the character and work of Paul as a shaper of communities, and (2) the manner in which Paul relies on, but also transforms, ancient patterns of moral formation and ancient styles of rhetoric.

BTI Category

Professor

Rev. Dr. George Lewis Parsenios

ASYNC

ASYNC

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

OLDT 5001 Z1

Introduction to the Old Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The Introduction to the study of the Old Testament is not, and cannot be, a substitute of the Old Testament, but rather a preparatory step, a reading guide, and a candid invitation to reading the Old Testament. The course is divided into two parts. The General Introduction deals with the Old Testament as history, literature, and part of the living tradition. The following topics are discussed in detail: unity in diversity of the Christian Bible, biblical text, biblical canon, and relationship between Scripture and Tradition. The Special Introduction survey the books of the Old Testament (including the anaginoskomena) and focuses on some theological themes rooted in the Pentateuch and running throughout the Old and New Testaments along with their interpretations within various hermeneutical contexts (Jewish, Christian, modern scholarship). The two themes discussed here are God and humanity.

BTI Category

Professor

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

ASYNC

ASYNC

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

OT500

Survey of the Old Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This course will provide a survey of significant texts, historical events and theological themes in the narrative, prophetic, and wisdom writings of the Old Testament. Additionally, students will be intro-duced to the principles of the Catholic biblical interpretation as articulated in the ecclesial documents Dei Verbum and The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Classes will be held at Saint John’s Seminary, 127 Lake Street, Brighton, MA.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. P. Grover

S

8:30-12:30 pm

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

All in-person classes, alternating Saturdays 8:30am–12:30pm; Dates: Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Dec. 14

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMNT7043

First Corinthians

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

A close reading of 1 Corinthians with attention to its historical and social setting, its rhetorical structure, and its theological and ecclesiological significance for our understanding of Paul's thought and practice, and the history of early Christianity. Thus the course will consist of a thorough survey of the structure, content, and key themes (e.g., Christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, ethics, resurrection, role of women) of Paul's epistle based primarily upon an exegetical analysis of the text with attention to current discussion in the scholarly literature.

BTI Category

Professor

David Jorgensen

R

4:00-6:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMNT7210

New Testament Gospels

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This is an introductory core course on the four New Testament Gospels. Among the primary aims of this course is to provide an overview of the structure and content of each of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and an analysis of various scholarly methods for interpreting them. This course will review what scholars call the Synoptic Problem, an investigation into the relationship of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) to one another, and discuss the arguments for and against the hypothetical source known as Quelle. This course will also discuss the relationship between the Gospel of John to the Synoptic Gospels, and the relationship between the Gospels and other relevant texts like the Gospel of Thomas. This study of the Gospels will be situated in an ecclesial framework that includes a theological perspective.

BTI Category

Professor

Matthew Monnig, S.J.

TR

8:00-9:20 am

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMOT8098

Prophets

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This course provides an historical, literary, and theological overview of prophets and prophetic books in the Old Testament. The course examines prophets in the Pentateuch and Former Prophets although the primary focus is on the Latter (Writing) Prophets. Special attention will be given to justice-related themes in prophetic literature, such as opposition to oppression, dignity of life, and care for creation.

BTI Category

Professor

Jaime L. Waters

T

3:30-6:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

Graduate-level introductory OT course.

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5514-01

Parables of Jesus

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Close reading and analysis of Jesus' parables in the synoptic gospels from literary, social, historical, and theological perspectives. Special attention will be given to the historical Jesus' use of parables and to the literary functions of parables as "narratives within narratives" in the gospel stories.

BTI Category

Professor

Darr

W

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO8008-01

New Testament Textual Criticism

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The academic study of the NT requires a text of the NT for that study. This course, therefore, seeks to provide foundational competencies in the knowledge of NT manuscripts, the history of the discipline of textual criticism, and the creation and use of modern critical editions. At the same time, the contemporary field of NT textual criticism is concerned with far more than merely the (re)construction of the NT text. Thus, the course will also consider recent scholarship on early Christian scribal culture, manuscripts as early Christian artifacts, and the theological significance of textual variants.Must be proficient in NT Greek.

BTI Category

Professor

Roth

W

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; Must be proficient in NT Greek.

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTN 703

Interpretative Practices and Imagination

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Not Yet Available

BTI Category

Professor

Shively Smith

R

3:30-6:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTO 814

The Cultural Background of the Hebrew Bible

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Investigation of the cultural background and presuppositions of the biblical writers by interpretation of biblical texts and archeological remains and by comparison with materials from other ancient Near Eastern cultures. Implications for understanding and use of the Bible.

BTI Category

Professor

Alejandro Botta

W

6:30-9:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 1202

Introduction to the New Testament

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This course will provide a basic historical introduction to critical issues in the study of the New Testament.�What are the contents of these texts that make up the second portion of the Christian Bible?�In what ways do they reflect the major issues, concerns, and struggles that were taking place among the earliest Christ-followers?�How did they get to be grouped together in a single book called the "New Testament"?�In addition to these historical questions, we will also attend to the New Testament's ongoing role as Christian scripture to consider the following: what does it mean to study a religious text critically? How might the study of the New Testament's social and historical context relate to its ongoing role as sacred and/or authoritative in the Christian tradition?�And what are some of the diverse ways that contemporary readers bridge the gap between the New Testament's ancient Greco-Roman context and their own interpretation and application?�We will explore these questions through careful study of the New Testament texts themselves, while also attending to issues of historical context, methodology, and hermeneutics.�No previous study in religion or ancient history is assumed, and there are no prerequisites for enrolling in the course. For a final assignment. Students will have the option of writing a final research paper or to complete a series of shorter writing assignments at set times during the semester. Jointly offered in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Religion 1400.

BTI Category

Professor

Bazzana

R

03:00pm-05:30pm

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

NT501

The Synoptic Gospels

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The class will pursue a close exegetical analysis of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, with particular attention to the historical setting, style, and to the Gospels� portrayal of Jesus, discipleship, the law, and suffering. The course aims to develop the student�s ability to integrate each of the evangelists� perspective meaningfully into preaching, teaching, and theological reflection. This goal will be pursued through a survey of the structure, content, and main themes of each Gospel, based primarily upon an exegetical and intra-textual analysis with attention to current discussion in the scholarly literature.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Achu

TR

9:00-10:15 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

NT618

NT Perspectives on Priesthood and the New Priest

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

This elective is a general survey of the topic of priesthood in the Old and New Testaments, from the perspective of the latter, i.e. the New Testament. Against the background of this survey, the course then focuses more specifically on the theme of Christ�s priesthood as it is developed systematically in the Epistle to the Hebrews. A careful reading and exegesis of this New Testament text will be the major component of the course, but this will enable some reflections on how Christ�s unique priesthood relates to our understanding of priestly ministry in the Church today. In the Catholic tradition at least, the Church�s ordained ministers have for many centuries been referred to as �priests.� This designation and some associated concepts, especially that of sacrifice, have been challenged on biblical / theological grounds, often with explicit appeal to the text of Hebrews. We will have occasion to discuss some of the implications and fallout of this debate on both the theology and the practice of priestly ministry today. In its final sessions, the course looks at the Scriptural basis for the Catholic teaching on the priesthood of the faithful.

BTI Category

Professor

Dr. Maluf

R

2:45-4:45 pm

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

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