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: 7
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesSpring-3

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID

Class Schedule

HallΕξ αποστάσεως (900)
CalendarΔευτέρα 18:00 έως 21:00
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: -Analyze basic aspects regarding the use of animals in biblical texts -Profile biodiversity types, mainly in evangelical narratives -Interpret the criteria for selecting biodiversity types in biblical texts -Show how different species are used, whether they are domestic or wild animals\ -Realize and value the significance emerges by studying the theriomorphic understanding of the evil in the New Testament
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Respect natural environment
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.
New Testament, Iterpretations, Animals
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
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
The use of Power Point, distance learning, movie screenings
Course Organization
Reading Assigment200.8
Written assigments130.5
Student Assessment
1.Homework (Search practice on biblical and ancient Greco-Roman texts). 2.Oral exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
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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