Third year: Winter semester

Programme

Old Testament Exegesis - Pentateuch

ECTS credits: 4
Weekly class hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introduction to the course
2. Primordial history (Genesis 1-11)
3. Genesis 1:1-2:4a
4. Genesis 2:4b-25
5. History of the patriarchs (Genesis 12-36)
6. Genesis 18-19
7. The story of Joseph and his brothers (Genesis 37-50)
8. Genesis 37; 44:18-34; 45:1-15
9. Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 1-15)
10. Exodus 1-2
11. Exodus 14
12. Sinai (Exodus 19 – Br 10)
13. Decalogue (Exodus 20)
14. In the desert (Exodus 16-18; Numbers 10-21)
15. Final review and discussion

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Introduction to Exegetical Methods

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 1

Course Content
1. Introduction to the course
2. Exegesis of the Church Fathers
3. The Reformers' contribution to the methods for understanding biblical text: M. Vlacic’ s Clavis and problems of understanding biblical text
4. Diachronic methods: Literarkritik – literary criticism
5. Diachronic methods: the transmission historical and form critical approach
6. Diachronic methods: form critical and tradition historical approach
7. Synchronic methods: narrative method
8. Structuralism, rhetorical method, pragmatic method

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New Testament Exegesis - Synoptic Gospels

ECTS credits: 4
Weekly hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introduction to exegesis; reading the Greek text while focusing on the critical apparatus: Mk 1:1-15
2. How does Mark build his story of Jesus? Narrative elements in Mk 1:15-3:19 (or 35)
3. Exegetical literature, online tools and resources
4. Research and research paper; The particularity of exegesis
5. Mk 1:15-3:25: literary context; The difference between literary and narrative criticism
6. Parable of the Sower in Mk 4 (structure: context, narrative features of the text)
7. Approaching a "difficult" text – article reading and Jeremias' solution to the problem of parables; The narrative role of parables in the gospels
8. Mark 4: Calming the storm: Who is this? – The main part of the Gospel of Mark on the road (lecture); Characterization of the disciples within the narrative
9. Mk 6:30 and 8:1-21: repetitions in the Gospel of Mark: bread, feeding, and the Yeast of the Pharisees; Other narrative strategies in the Gospel of Mark: 'Sandwiches'
10. Synoptic reading I
11. Synoptic reading II
12. The major topics: The issues of service and authority; The issues of the "large" (Matt 24) and "little" apocalypse (Mk 13)
13. Jesus as an "anti-hero" in the Gospel of Mark (the Passion)
14. Mark as an evangelist: Why the Gospel of Mark doesn't have a Nativity story?
15. Mini-conference: presentations of (unfinished) papers and discussion

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Catholicism

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 1

1. Introduction to the course: contents, resources, and requirements (1 teaching hour)
2. Man open to God (CCC 27-34); the issues of Catholicism of today (1 teaching hour)
3. God's revelation (CCC 50-141) and man's answer (CCC 142-184); the issue of Scripture and tradition (2 teaching hours)
4. I believe… (CCC 198-278): Presenting the patterns of Catholic faith within the context of theological disciplines (2 teaching hours)
5. Catholic eschatology (CCC 198-421) (2 teaching hours)
6. I believe in Jesus Christ – true God and true Man (CCC 422-521) (1 teaching hour)
7. The mystery of the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (CCC 571-682) (2 teaching hours)
8. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Catholic and apostolic Church… the life of the world to come. Ecclesiology and sacramentology (CCC 683-1065) (4 teaching hours)

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Church and Mass Media

ECTS credits: 3
Weekly class hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introduction to the course, the resources, the requirements, and the grading structure
2. Basic mass media concepts; principles of mass media
3. Church communication throughout history
4. Church documents related to mass media
5. Ethical controversies of mass media
6. The Church and the internet; the Church and social media
7. Mass media communication of the Church in Croatia and the world
8. Religious topics in mass media
9. Radio and television religious programs
10. Types of journalism in mass media and their application in covering religious content
11. Appearance in mass media
12. The possibilities of utilizing mass media for pastoral work and evangelization
13. The Church and public relations
14. Pastoral mass media plan
15. Church publishing; the Church as an owner of mass media

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History of the Croatian Protestant Literary Heritage

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 1

Course Content
1. Introductory lecture
2. The socio-political framework and the beginning of the European Reformation
3. The spreading of the reformation in Croatia in the 16th century
4. Protagonists of the European Reformation
5. The first book printed in the Latin script during the reformation
6. The Croatian circle of translators in Urach
7. The preparation and establishment of the printing house in Urach
8. Stipan Konzul and the Glagolitic script
9. Baron Hans von Ungnad and the printing house in Urach
10. Primož Trubar and Stipan Konzul
11. The Croatian editions in the Glagolitic, Cyrillic, and Latin scripts of Urach
12. The language of those editions
13. Reformation amongst Croatians in Western Hungary
14. Stipan Konzul amongst Croatians in Western Hungary
15. Grgur Mekinić: the first Croatian translator and poet of the Western-Hungarian Croats in the 17th century

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Social Engagement of the Church

ECTS credits: 3
Weekly class hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introduction to the learning outcomes and modes of teaching for the course
2. The model of the Church as a 'community called to serve'
3. Various concepts of the Church and society
4. The contemporary paradigm shift – autonomy of the Church, and autonomy of the social and political community
5. The Church as the agent of the Kingdom of God
6. The value system of the ecclesial community
7. Engagement of the ecclesial community's values in plural and liberal-democratic political communities
8. The 'social withdrawal model' and the 'social engagement model'
9. Models of the social engagement of majority churches and minority churches
10. Political liberalism and the ecclesial criticism of the relativization of values in political communities
11. The distinctiveness of the understanding of the role of churches in transition processes in postcommunist countries
12. The relationship between the institutional engagement of the Church and the engagement of individual believers
13. Particular issues of engagement: migration, social equality, family
14. Final review and discussion

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Practicum

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introductory discussion regarding the objectives of the course
2. Discussion about existing civil society organizations and choosing an engagement in a
particular organization
3. Student practicum of 24-26 teaching hours in total
4. Student practicum
5. Student practicum
6. Student practicum
7. Student practicum
8. Student practicum
9. Student practicum
10. Student practicum
11. Student practicum
12. Student practicum
13. Student practicum
14. Evaluation and final discussion

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Christology

ECTS credits: 4
Weekly class hours: 2

Course Content
1. Introduction to the course, the resources, the requirements, and the grading structure
2. 'Historical Jesus': the genesis of the crisis surrounding the issue of the 'historical Jesus', and the five phases of the issue
3. Sources on Jesus (Christian: canonical and extracanonical; non-Christian: Jewish and Hellenistic sources) and their evaluation
4. The image of the 'historical Jesus' in the Gospels I
5. The image of the 'historical Jesus' in the Gospels II
6. Historical Jesus and the beginnings of Christology: implicit, evocated, and explicit Christology of the historical Jesus
7. Resurrection and its significance to Christology
8. Christological titles in the New Testament, their origins and meaning
9. Christology of the early Church: critical evaluation and comparison of patristic Christological formulas (the Council of Chalcedon, the Second and Third Council of Constantinople)
10. The major emphases of medieval Christology, and their critical evaluation (critical evaluation of medieval doctrines of the work of Christ)
11. The major emphases of Reformation Christology, and their critical evaluation (communication idiomatum, extra Calvinisticum, munus triplex, the doctrine of the two states of Christ)
12. Christological emphases in recent Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox theology
13. Christological emphases in contextual theologies (theology of liberation, black theology, feminist theology)
14. Final discussion and review

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Judaism

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 1

Course Content
1. Introduction to the course, the resources, the requirements, and the grading structure
2. Panorama of active Jewish communities today
3. Panorama/map of active Jewish communities in Croatia today
4. The concept and manifestations of religious unity, and the modes of communication between the Jewish diaspora and the decrees of the Chief Rabbinate
5. Crises within the Jewish diaspora after the Holocaust
6. Historical-theological and socio-political context of the causes, course, and consequences of the destruction of small Jewish communities during the 20th and 21st centuries.
7. Historical-theological and socio-political context of the causes, course, and consequences of antisemitism in history and today, and the attempts to overcome it
8. The impaired balance of support for Jewish communities with regard to their membership
9. Historical-theological and socio-political context of the possible renaissance and renewal of Jewish life
10. The Jewish religion as a major point of departure in the practice of interreligious dialogue
11. Historical-theological and socio-political context of the efforts to preserve Jewish orthodoxy from the time after World War II to the creation and development of spiritual movements such as Hasidism.
12. Historical-theological and socio-political context of the creation and development of contemporary Jewish thought
13. The main achievements, documents, and unresolved issues related to the Jewish diaspora
14. The distinctiveness of contemporary Jewish issues in Croatia
15. Final discussion

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Elective Course

ECTS credits: 2
Weekly class hours: 1

A list of elective courses can be found here.


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