Theriomorphic understanding of the evil in the New Testament

Course Information
TitleΖωομορφικές εκδοχές του κακού στην Kαινή Διαθήκη / Theriomorphic understanding of the evil in the New Testament
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMoschos Gkoutzioudis
Course ID60004900

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-3

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • 104 Introduction to the Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew Language
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course surveys firstly some general features of the animals and how they are treated by the writers of the books of the New Testament and their contemporaries Jews and Gentiles in the early years of the Church. Then a more specific analysis of selected pericopes of the New Testament is presented, where some species have a dominant symbolism. They are connected with worship and work, nutrition and hygiene but mainly it is examined how they function symbolically as a means for enemy forces, which results in people avoiding any contact with them. This course focuses only on the real animals and not on the mythical ones, even if the latter are unfortunately more popular to the Christian readers of the biblical texts. It is particularly important to survey why almost all the animals, with only two exceptions, are treated by the writers of religious texts of Judaism and Christianity as symbolic manifestations of evil in the world.
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
1.Homework (Search practice on biblical and ancient Greco-Roman texts). 2.Oral exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μ. Γκουτζιούδης, Φύσις Θηρίων. Η χρήση της Ζωικής Ποικιλότητας στην Καινή Διαθήκη και στο Περιβάλλον της, εκδόσεις Μέθεξις, Θεσσαλονίκη 2013
Additional bibliography for study
Ι. Γαλάνης, Άνθρωπος και Κτίση στη Βιβλική Παράδοση, ΒΒ 44, εκδόσεις Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009
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