UFDN 2000/3001: “Christian Scripture”

UFDN 2000/3001: "Christian Scripture" explores the formative role that Christian Scripture performs within the community of believers. You are introduced to the literature and theology of both Old and New Testaments, and provided with the necessary skills to make a responsible use of Scripture as the church’s principal authority in nurturing a Christian’s faith and witness.

The School of Theology intends that all students learn the Christian Scripture according to the ancient world behind the biblical texts, the literary world within the biblical texts, and the social world in front of the biblical texts. This course is taken in either the your sophomore or your junior year of study. It is also taken by transfer students who begin their studies as juniors or seniors.

In UFDN 2000/3001: “Christian Scripture,” you will learn:

  • The most important aspects of the religious, political, sociological, and geographical forces that helped shape biblical literature.
  • The master plotline of the biblical story of God, and the order of collections that compose the biblical canon that narrates this story.
  • The literary genre and rhetorical conventions of biblical compositions, and the transmission and translation of these ancient writings in today's readership.
  • The core Christian beliefs and essential religious practices related to the Bible, and how your particular social, religious, and cultural locations contribute to the meanings you make of these sacred texts.

UFDN 2000/3001: "Christian Scripture" Catalog course descriptions.

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Sara M. Koenig

Why I Teach at SPU

Sara M. Koenig, Professor of Biblical Studies

“I teach at SPU because I love conversations with my students about what scripture means and how we can and should apply it to our lives. I always learn something from every class I teach, and believe my students make me a more thoughtful professor.”