Oral traditions, especially storytelling, may include aspects of entertainment, but they are art forms and a discipline of academic study. This introductory course will integrate information from various disciplines and include topics that contribute to and are related to the general field of oral traditions. The course examines four broad genres of oral traditions: proverbs, riddles, verse, stories. For each of these four genres, the course covers three approaches:
- How to collect/observe the genre
- How to analyze the genre
- How to apply the genre in ways that benefit the community.
This course introduces students to basic elements of Islamic societies in their diverse expressions, including origins, historical developments, beliefs, practices, worldviews, and cultural and religious patterns. Particular emphasis is given to understanding common barriers to communication and approaches for bridging worldview, cultural, and religious differences for purposes of transformation.
Introductory survey of the New Covenant with attention to the development of over-arching themes and progressive revelation in its first century context.
Building on the foundations laid in Chinese I and II, students will achieve a basic level of competence in conversation and reading and be able to write short compositions.
Students learn to research a people group’s religious worldview and help provide the most appropriate materials and activities that enhance the community’s engagement with Scripture. They work with local authors, artists, teachers or media specialists to create print materials, performances and recordings tailored for specific audiences. They encourage communities to engage with Scripture and apply it to their lives through study, story, song, conversation and celebration. They partner with leaders to strengthen community engagement with Scripture at more times and in more ways.
AC4342 Arabic 2 (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)
This course is designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in Arabic at the beginning level.
This course is the second step toward learning Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). It will help the student to achieve advanced beginner-level proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing, accessing a vocabulary of 800 words. The student will also be introduced to basic aspects of Arab culture.
This course explores hermeneutical issues central to the understanding and interpretation of the English translations of Hebrew scriptures (Jewish Tanakh), Greek scriptures (Christian New Testament), and Arabic texts (Qur’an), with a focus on shared stories common to the sacred texts. Students will be able to describe a narrative in terms of its basic components, synthesize the narrative by employing intertextual analysis to understand key themes across multiple referents and multiple contexts, and explain the narrative in the context of three Abrahamic worldviews. At the conclusion of the course, students will be better able to tell the stories of sacred texts to audiences in a variety of cultures and host countries.
Craft and tell culturally appropriate stories!
All languages change over time, and one language can, given enough time, develop into many languages. Often these related languages provide the only surviving clues about their ancestral language. This course is an introduction to the techniques of linguistic reconstruction, and to the basic concepts underlying the genetic classification of languages. Both the comparative method and internal reconstruction will be taught. The emphasis will be on developing the practical skills of linguistic reconstruction, rather than on theoretical issues.
IS4345 Chinese II (Spring) (3 Undergraduate credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop listening comprehension, strengthen speaking skills, and develop the ability to read and write Chinese characters (in both the traditional character set and the simplified).
An introductory study into conceptions of spiritual formation and the various ways people deepen their understanding and relationship with the supernatural. Emphasis is given to approaches to a covenantal life, the nature and consequence of religious practices and rituals, and the motivations for a worldview integrating religious faith.