Departments

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Rudy Sands

Teachers: Marilyn Burrows, Father Stephen Grant and Father Cornell Moss

Aims:
The Religious Studies syllabus aims:
1. To give candidates an understanding of the life and work of Christ and apostles through a correlated study of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and the Acts of the Apostles.
2. To help candidates to identify and explore questions about the meaning of life, and to consider such questions in relation to religious tradition.
3. To encourage candidates to reflect and assess the religious responses to moral issues.
4. To enable candidates to identify and appreciate the contribution of Religious Studies in the information of proper values to enhance everyday living.
5. To encourage candidates to exercise respect and tolerance for different denominational views within Christianity and other religions.

Domains:
The two domains in the Religious Studies BJC level are:
A. Knowledge with Understanding
B. Judgement and Personal Response

Examination Syllabus:
Religious Studies syllabus content material will be based on stories from St. Matthew’s, St. Mark’s and St. Luke’s Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. The paper is divided into two sections and should be completed over a period of two hours.

Syllabus Content:
1. Background to the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

2. The coming of the Promised One. Luke 1: 1-80; 2: 1-52

3. The Ministry and death of John the Baptist. Luke 1: 5-25; 57-80;
3: 1-22; Mark 6: 14-29

4. Jesus’ Ministry
a. The Baptism. Mark 1: 9-12
b. The Temptations. Luke 4: 1-13
c. The Galilean Ministry.
-Jesus Calls Levi. Mark 2: 113-17;
-Question About Fasting. Mark 2: 18-22;
-Question About Sabbath. Mark 2: 23-28;
-Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth. Mark 6: 1-6
-Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles. Luke 6: 12-16
-Jesus Teaches and Heals. Luke 6: 17-49
-Peter’s Declaration about Jesus. Mark 8: 27-30
-The Transfiguration. Mark9: 1-13
d. Jesus The Miracle Worker
(i) Stilling the Storm. Mark 4: 35-41
(ii) The Leper. Matt. 8: 2-4
(iii) The woman with the issue of blood. Matt. 9:
20-22; Mark 5: 25-29; Luke 8: 43-45.
(iv) Jarius’ daughter. Matt. 9: 18-26; Mark 5: 21-43;
Luke 8: 40-56
(v) Legion. Matt. 8: 28-34; Mark 5: 1-20; Luke 8: 26-39.
e. Parables
(i) The Rich Fool. Luke 12: 13-21
(ii) The Sower and the seed. Luke 8: 4-8
(iii) The Lost Boy. Luke 15: 11-32
(iv) The Pharisee and the Publican. Luke 18: 9-14

5. The Last Days in Jerusalem
(i) Jesus’ Trials. Mark 14: 1-72; Luke 22: 1-62
(ii) Crucifixion. Mark 15: 1-32; Luke 23: 1-43
(iii) Jesus’ Burial. Mark 15: 33-47; Luke 23: 44-5
(iv) Jesus’ Resurrection. Mark 16: 1-20; Luke 24: 1-53

6. The Ascension
(i) Choosing the Twelfth Apostle. Acts 1: 1-26

7. The Beginning of the Early Church
(i) Pentecost. Acts 2: 1-47
(ii) Life Among the Believers. Acts. 4: 32-37/5: 1-6;
(iii) Ananias and Sapphira. Acts 5: 1-11
(iv) Seven Helpers. Acts 6: 1-7
(v) Stephen’s arrest and death. Acts 6: 8-15/7: 1-60.

8. Conversions
(i) The Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8: 1-31
(ii) Saul. Acts 9: 1-31
(iii) Cornelius. Acts 10: 1-48

9. Paul's Ministry
(i) Paul and Barnabas commissioned Acts 13: 1-5;
(ii) Paphos. Acts 13: 6-12;
(iii) Lystra. Acts 14: 8-20;
(iv) Meeting at Jerusalem. Acts 15: 1-35;
(v) Philippi. Acts 16: 1-40;
(vi) Athens. Acts 17: 16-34;
(vii) Corinth. Acts 18: 1-17;
(viii) Jerusalem. Acts 21: 11-40; 22: 1-29.

10. Bahamas Christian Denominations
(i) Roman Catholic
(ii) The Church of England (Anglican)
(iii) The Baptist
(iv) The Seventh Day Adventist
(v) The Methodist
(vi) The Pentecostal

The following section will be tested for the first time in 2003:
11. Children of other Religions
(i) The Jewish Boy (Judaism)
(ii) The Muslim Boy (Islam)
(iii) The Hindu Boy (Hinduism)