September 27, 2020

WAEC Christian Religious Studies Syllabus

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WASSCE CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES SYLLABUS 

(May not be taken with Islamic Religious Studies and / or West African Traditional Religion)

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

At the end of the three year course of study, the candidate will be expected to:

  1. have knowledge understanding and appreciation of the religious, cultural, historical and social background of the biblical materials prescribed to be studied.
  • understand the nature of biblical moral lessons in the selected passages/themes from the Bible and the extent of their relevance and possible application to present day social, political, religious and cultural life and existence;
  • identify difficulties involved in the application of healthy attitudes, concepts and skills acquired from the Bible in ensuring peaceful co-existence and national development;
  • Demonstrate adequate preparation for higher education through critical thinking and independent work.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION

There will be two papers, Paper 1 and 2, both of which will be a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.

PAPER 1: Will consist of fifty multiple choice objective questions all of which must be answered within 1 hour for 40 marks

PAPER 2: Will consist of nine essay – type questions.  Candidates will be required to answer four questions within 2 hours for 60 marks.

The questions will be arranged in section as follows:

Section A: Themes from the Old Testament – four questions.

Section B: Themes from the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the    Apostle – three questions.

Section C: Themes from selected Epistles – two questions

Candidates will be required to answer four questions in all, choosing at least one question from each section and the fourth question from either section A or Section B.

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The Revised Standard Version of the Bible will be used in setting of questions.

WAEC/WASSCE CRS Detailed Syllabus

SECTION A

Themes from the Old Testament

STUDY TOPICS 1 – 12

The Sovereignty of God

  • God, the Creator
  • God, the Controller of the universe

Leadership roles

  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • Deborah

Parental Responsibility

Eli and Samuel

Consequences of Saul’s disobedience

Submission to the will of God

  • David’s submission to the will of God
  • David’s sin, repentance and forgiveness

Making Decisions

  • Solomon’s wisdom
  • The unwise decision of Solomon and Rehoboam

Supremacy of God

  • Religious tensions during Aha’s reign
  • Elijah at Mount Carmel

Greed and its effects

  • Ahab
  • Gehazi

Religious reforms

The reign of King Josiah

Concern for one’s Nation

  • The condition of the nation
  • Response to the state of the nation

Faith in God

  • Faith and courage
  • Faith and power

Nature of God

  • True religion and social justice – Amos
  • God’s divine love – Hosea

Old Testament Texts to Read. Topics 1 – 12 Respectively

Gen. 1:2

Ge. 37:1-28, 41: 1 – 57, 45: 1 – 15

Exodus 1:2:3:4: 1 – 17:5: 1-5, 22 – 23: 6: 28 – 30, 7; 1 – 7; 14: 32: 1 – 14

Numbers 13: 1 – 33; 14: 1-19

Numbers 27:15 – 23

Joshua 1: 1-19

Judges 4

1Sam. 2:11 – 36; 3:1-18; 4: 10-22; 8: 1-5

1Samuel 15: 1 – 26; 16: 14-23; 31: 1-13

1Sam. 26;

2Sam. 12:15 – 25

1Kings 3: 3 – 28; 4: 29 – 34; 5: 1-12; 8

1Kings 9; 1e5-23; 11: 1-13; 12:1-20

1Kings 16: 29-34; 17: 1-7; 18:1-19

1Kings 18: 17 – 46

1Kings 21: 1 – 29

2Kings 5

2Kings 22; 23: 1 – 30

2Kings 24; 25; 1-17

Nehemiah 1; 2:9 – 20; 4

Ezra 1;4; 5: 1-2; 6: 13 – 22; 7:1-10

Daniel 3

Daniel 6

Amos 2:6-8; 4; 5: 1-24; 7:10 – 17; 8

Hosea 1; 2; 3; 6

SECTION B

Themes from the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles

STUDY TOPICS

Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

  • The Baptism
  • The Temptation

Jesus’ Teaching on forgiveness

The Trials of Jesus

  • Jesus at Gethsemane
  • Peter’s Denials
  • Condemnation of Jesus

The Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus

  • Crucifixion and burial
  • The Resurrection

Fellowship in the Early Church

The Holy Spirit and the Mission to the Gentiles

  • The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
  • Mission to the Gentiles

Opposition to the Gospel Message

Synoptic Gospels Texts to Read

Matt. 3:13-17

Mark 1:9-11;Luke 3:21-22

Matt. 4:1-11;

Mark 1:12-13; Luke4:1-13

Matt. 4:18-25; 8:18-22;9:9-13

Mark 1:16-20; 2:13-17;

Luke 5:1-11; 9:57-63; 14:25-33

Matt. 6:12,14-15; 18:21-35

Matt. 26:36-56;Mk 14:32-52;

Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22; 66-71; 23: 1-12

Matt. 26:47-75

Mark 14: 53-72; Luke 22: 66-71; 23 1-12

Matt. 27:32-66

Mark 15:16-47

Luke 23:26-56

Matt. 28:1-10

Mark 16:1-14; Luke 24: 1- 35

Acts 1:15-26; 2: 41-47; 4:32 – 37; 5:1-11; 6:2-6

Acts 2

Acts 9; 11:1 – 18

Acts 4: 1 31; 5:17 – 42;6:8-9;7:1-10; 12: 1-24

INSPIRING CHRISTIAN BOOKS AND BIBLES

SECTION C

Themes from Selected Epistles

STUDY TOPICS

The Epistles of James

  • Faith and Works
  • Impartiality
  • Effective Prayers

The Epistle of 1 Peter

  • Good Citizenship
  • Christians Living among non – Christians
  • Interpersonal Relationship among Christians

Selected Epistles Texts to Read

James 1:2-27; 2:14 – 26

James 2:1-13

James 1:2-8; 5:13-18

1 Peter 2:13-17

1 Peter 2: 1 – 25

1 Peter 5: 1 -11

SUGGESTED READING LIST / REFERENCES

  1. GENERAL
  • The Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)
  • New Clarendon Bible Series
  • Bright, John: History and Religion of Israel
  • Anderson, B. W.: The Living World the Old Testament
  • Kee H.C. & Young: The Living World of the New Testament
  • Cambell, D.B. J.: The Synoptic Gospels
  • New Bible Commentary – Cambridge.
  • OLD TESTAMENT

Quarcoopome, T.N.O: History and Religion of Israel AUP, Ibadan, 1986

Dickson, Kwesi i. History and Religion of Israel

Darton L & T 1968

ii. From the Institution of the Monarchy to the fall of the Northern Kingdom

  • NEW TESTAMENT

Guy, H. A. 1 The Life of Christ

2. The Acts of the Apostles

Pobee, John S Matthew and Mark for Schools

Dickson K.A The Gospel According to Luke (Accra Asempa Publishers)

Awolabi Joshua Simple Approach to Christian Religious

Knowledge Elis Association, Lagos 2011

Finally …

The above topics in the WAEC/WASSCE Christian Religious Studies syllabus are all you need to start the best preparation for your WASSCE CRS paper.

Good luck.

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