Course ObjectiveBy the end of the module, the student will:
• explain the place of Scripture within Orthodox Christianity
• interpret the Scriptures within the tradition of Orthodox Christianity
• relate what they have learnt to developments in Western Scriptural
Course ContentThis course introduces students to the books of Scripture, addressing
issues related to their collection as Scripture, the question of
“canon,” their translation into Greek (the Septuagint), and
their interpretation as understood by the early Christian tradition and
the Orthodox tradition thereafter, in both its liturgical and
theological dimensions. This course will also explore how what is found
in the Orthodox tradition relates to trends in Western scriptural
scholarship, asking both what we might learn from such exegesis as well
as what critique or correction a traditional, patristic approach might
Teaching MethodsThis module will be taught in a blended format of on-line instruction
and interaction together with an intensive day at VU.
Method of AssessmentOn-line assignments (45%), presentation (25%), research paper (30%)
Entry RequirementsCourse History of Orthodox Christianity
Literature• Eugen Pentiuc, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition (New
York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
• Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early
Christian Writings, 6th edition (New York: Oxford University Press,
• Richard Hays, Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold
Gospel Witness (Waco TX: Baylor University Press, 2016)
Target AudienceFor those who possess a bachelor degree, have an interest in Orthodox
Christianity and consider continuing with the rest of the Orthodox
curriculum (master and post-master, see www.acot.nl)
Additional InformationThis course is an integral part of the minor/pre-master Orthodox
Custom Course RegistrationThis course is an integral part of the minor/pre-master Orthodox Christianity. Before enrolling in the minor/pre-master programme you need to register through www.acot.nl.
Recommended background knowledgeAt ease with writing and speaking in English.
Basic knowledge of the Bible.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Religion and Theology|
|Course Coordinator||dr. H.P.S. Bakker BA|
|Examiner||prof. dr. J. Behr|
prof. dr. J. Behr
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