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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Newark School of Theology | Evaluated Learning Experience

Women in the Bible

Location: 
Newark School of Theology,Two Park Place, Newark, New Jersey.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 27 hours (9 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: June 2000 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - December 2016.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand and describe the historical assumptions and theological speculations that lead to disputes about the role of women in Biblical texts; explore how Biblical texts featuring women have been appropriated in the Judeo-Christian tradition; know and describe a wide range of feminist perspectives and how to use them to yield sound interpretations of the role of women in the Bible; practice the art of Biblical interpretation using the tools learned in this course; know and explain how to recover positive meanings in Biblical texts concerning the status and role of women in the Bible. Version 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand and describe the historical assumptions and theological speculations that lead to disputes about the role of women in Biblical texts; explore how Biblical texts featuring women have been appropriated in the Judeo-Christian tradition; know and describe a wide range of feminist perspectives and how to use them to yield sound interpretations of the role of women in the Bible; practice the art of Biblical interpretation using the tools learned in this course; know and explain how to recover positive meanings in Biblical texts concerning the status and role of women in the Bible.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics are: the significance of the "woman" question in society and theology; the hermeneutical circle and Biblical interpretation; some images of women in the Bible; the roles of women and gender in the Bible (Domestic roles); women and power, women and salvation; women in the Church; feminist critical hermeneutics and feminist theology. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course. Version 2: Major topics are: the significance of the "woman" question in society and theology; the hermeneutical circle and Biblical interpretation; some images of women in the Bible; the roles of women and gender in the Bible (Domestic roles); women and power, women and salvation; women in the Church; feminist critical hermeneutics and feminist theology. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 2 semester hours in Women in the Bible, Biblical Studies, or Religion (10/10). Version 2: In the graduate degree category, 2 semester hours in Women in the Bible, Biblical Studies, or Religion (10/10).

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