Seeking Christ in Scriptures: Scripture and Its Exegesis in the Orthodox Tradition (BS3000A)

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Semester: 2, 2022 (25 Jul – 28 Oct)

Time: 6:30pm-9:30pm

Campus: N/A

Mode: Online

Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Credit: 18

Census: 16 Aug 2022

13 weekly sessions offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes combining live and pre-recorded lectures, group discussions, readings and online forums

Following the words of Jesus, recorded in John 5:39, that Scriptures speak about Him, this Unit will explore the place of Scriptures in the Orthodox Tradition. Since the Orthodox Tradition has always been patristic, this Unit will focus on the principles of the Patristic hermeneutics, exploring Homiletic, Ascetic, Liturgical, and Iconographic Exegesis of the Holy Scriptures. Students will consider on the following questions as a framework for learning: What is the position of the Scripture in the Orthodox Tradition? Is there an Orthodox exegesis of the Scripture? What is the place of the Scriptures in the Spiritual life of a believer?

Learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the dynamic of the Orthodox Tradition
  • Articulate a critical awareness of the process of Canonical formation of the Scriptures in the Orthodox Tradition
  • Identify and evaluate the elements and principles of the Patristic Exegesis of the Scriptures
  • Demonstrate the skills of interpretation with regard to the Scriptures or Icon Paintings using the interpretative frame of the Orthodox Tradition
  • Apply the principles of the Patristic Exegesis of the Scripture in Liturgical, Pastoral and Educational settings
Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Written assessment Essay 1,500 30
Written assessment Essay 3,500 70

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