The Bible - its Nature and Role in Culture (wykład) - 2017/2018

Course description
General information
Lecturer:dr hab. Krzysztof Mielcarek prof. KUL
Organising unit:Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration - Instytut Europeistyki
Number of hours (week/semester): 2/30
ECTS code:00000-0200-0200WYK0000
Language of instruction:English
Course objective
O1 Introducing students with the process and environment of the Bible\'s genesis, with the biblical languages and with the biblical canon.
O2 Presentation of the great biblical topoi and the texts that represent them.
O3 Interpretation of the biblical texts in the context of the ancient culture and presenting their inspiring role in the Western Art.
O4 Presenting Bible as still actual answer to the great existential questions of the humanity.
Prerequisites
R1: The basic knowledge about the Bible, biblical environment, biblical books and their inspired character.
R2: General knowledge about key-biblical figures and about main Old and New Testament themes.
Learning outcomes
KNOWLEDGE
a) Students know the key subjects of the Old and New Testament
b) Students know key ancient texts parallel to the important biblical traditions
c) Students know works of Western culture and art having some associations with biblical topoi.

SKILLS
a) Students are able to analyse biblical texts
b) Students can differentiate between image of God, of humanity and some key existential themes present in the Bible and their ancient counterparts.
c) Students are able to point out and interpret biblical inspirations in the works of the Western art and culture.

SOCIAL COMPETENCE
a) Students appreciate the cultural heritage brought in by the Bible into the Western culture.
b) Students are open to a dialogue with and to a respect toward the Christian culture and the culture of the other religions alike.
c) Student is able to pose important existential questions and seek for their answers (God, the sense of the universe, the dignity of a human person)
Teaching method
Classical lecture / discussions/ multimedia presentation /texts analysis /
Course content description
1. Introduction to the Old Testament (environment, genesis, languages, authors). The creation of the Universe and the humanity (Gen 1-2).
2. The fall of the humans and the primordial sin (Gen 3). Inspiration and infallibility of the biblical texts. Questions posed by the contemporary science.
3. The Deluge (Gen 6 - 9)
4. The historicity of the patriarchs. Abraham (Gen 12 - 24)
5. Exodus and its historical background (Leaving Egipt, the Covenant, Decalogue, Moses)
6. Introduction to the historical books of the OT. The History of the kings: part 1 - Samuel and Saul
7. The History of the kings: part 2 - David
8. The prophets. The history of biblical writings and of shaping the biblical canon of the OT.
9. Job and the challenge of suffering
10. Introduction to the New Testament (environment, books, authors). Infancy narratives (Lk 1 - 2 ; Mt 1 - 2). The historicity of the NT texts.
11. Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God: part 1: the temptation on the desert.
12. Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God: part 2: miracles and parables
13. The Passion of the Lord
14. The Resurrection narratives
15. Paul the Apostle, his letters, life and thought.
16. The Book of Revelation.
Forms of assessment
Written paper on a chosen subject taken from the content of the lecture (100%)
Unsatisfactory -
(K) Students do not know the most important themes of the OT and NT or their ancient cultural counterparts as well as their connections to the works of Western art and culture.
(S) Students are not able to analyse biblical texts, nor can they differentiate between biblical and non-biblical textual traditions. They are not capable of pointing out some particular works of Western art connected to these traditions;
(C) Students do not show respect nor knowledge of the cultural heritage of the Western and the other civilizations or religions.

Accepted -
(K) Students know only generally the most important themes of the OT and NT or their ancient cultural counterparts as well as their connections to the works of Western art and culture.
(S) Students are able to poorly analyse biblical texts, or they differentiate with difficulty between biblical and non-biblical textual traditions. They are capable of pointing out only few particular works of Western art connected to these traditions;
(C) Students show little respect or knowledge of the cultural heritage of the Western and the other civilizations or religions.

Good -
(K) Students know most important themes of the OT and NT or their ancient cultural counterparts as well as their connections to the works of Western art and culture.
(S) Students are able to analyse most biblical texts, and differentiate between biblical and non-biblical textual traditions. They are capable of pointing out some particular works of Western art connected to these traditions;
(C) Students show respect and knowledge of the cultural heritage of the West and other civilizations or religions.

Very Good -
(K) Students know all important themes of the OT and NT, and their ancient cultural counterparts as well as their connections to the works of Western art and culture.
(S) Students are able to analyse all the key biblical texts, and differentiate between biblical and non-biblical textual traditions. They are capable of pointing out many particular works of Western art connected to these traditions;
(C) Students show deep respect and thorough knowledge of the cultural heritage of the West and other civilizations or religions.
Required reading list
Basic Literature
Power J., History of Salvation. Introducing the Old Testament (New York: Alba House 1989)
Roncace M., Teaching the Bible through Popular Culture and the Arts (Atlanta: SBL 2007).
Gryglewicz F. (red.), Wstęp do Nowego Testamentu (Wstęp do Pisma Świętego 3), Poznań-Warszawa: Pallottinum 1969 (nowe, zmienione wydanie: red. R. Rubinkiewicz, 1996).
Jelonek, T., Biblia jako fenomen kulturowy (Petrus 2012)
Stachowiak, L. (red.), Wstęp do Starego Testamentu (Pallotinum 1990)
Starowiejski, M., Tradycje biblijne. Biblia w kulturze europejskiej (Petrus 2011)

Aditional Literature
Barton, J. (red.), The Biblical World. I-II (Routledge 2002).
Brown, R.E., An Introduction to the New Testament (Doubleday 1997).
Dawes, G.W., Introduction to the Bible (Liturgical Press 2007).
Huber, R.V., Miller S.M., Historia Biblii. Dzieje powstania i odczytywania Pisma Świętego (Vocatio 2005).
Kodell, J., Klucz do Pisma Świętego (WAM 2003).
Lapple, A., Od Księgi Rodzaju do Ewangelii (Znak 1983).
Roncace M. - Gray P. (eds.), Teaching the Bible through Popular Culture and the Arts (SBL Atlanta 2007).
Sawyer, J.F.A., The Blackwell Companion to the Bible and Culture (Blackwell 2006).
Soggin, J.A., Coggins R.J., Introduction to the Old Testament (Westminster John Knox Press 1989)
Świderkówna, A., Biblia a człowiek współczesny (Kraków: Znak 2000).
Świderkówna, A., Rozmowy o Biblii (PWN 1999).
Szlaga, J. (red.), Wstęp ogólny do Pisma Świętego (Wstęp do Pisma Świętego 1), Poznań - Warszawa: Pallottinum 1986 (wznowione i poprawione wyd. Wstępu pod red. J. Homerskiego z 1973).
Field of study: European Union Law
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year/semester:Year I - Semester 1
Number of ECTS credits: 2
Form of assessment: Examination