Introduction to Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings

Bahá’í History & Texts
Duration
16 weeks
Weekly Study
4-6 HOURS
Dates
Jan 31-May 20
Register By
February 7, 2022

In Introduction to Bahá’u’lláh’s Writings, we will undertake a systematic introduction to twenty of Bahá’u’lláh’s most important works, ranging from The Hidden Words to Epistle to the Son of the Wolf. We will study themes in the works, topics that Bahá’u'lláh progressively revealed during His ministry, and related tablets wherever possible. The course is designed for learners seeking basic information about the writings of Bahá’u’lláh, new Bahá’ís wishing more context for Bahá’u’lláh's most important works, and veteran Bahá’ís seeking deeper understanding of the ocean of Bahá’u'lláh's revelation. We will not read the twenty works in their entirety but, rather, will sample passages from the selection of important works revealed by Bahá’u’lláh.


The Wilmette Institute is offering this course online-only at the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, California, starting January 31, 2022, through GTU’s Moodle course delivery platform. The course is available for graduate credit to GTU students. The Wilmette Institute can register students for this course and add them to GTU’s Moodle and will issue a transcript with a grade afterward.

The Wilmette Institute is not accredited, but this letter from Dr. Elizabeth Pena, Interim Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs, explains that their students are receiving credit for the same course.

It may be that if you take the letter and the draft syllabus to your advisor, you can arrange for the Wilmette Institute’s transcript to be accepted by your university and you will be granted credit for the course toward your degree.

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What will you learn?
You will learn
To be able to explain to others the order of revelation and the titles of the major works of Bahá'u'lláh and a brief summary of their content
To be able to explain to others the major themes of Bahá'u'lláh’s revelation and their development over time
To be able to explain to others the Islamic, Shi’i, Shaykhi, Iranian, and Bábí context of Bahá'u'lláh’s revelation
To develop skills in reading, summarizing, and explaining Bahá'í scriptural texts
To deepen appreciation for the beauty and profundity of Bahá'u'lláh’s writings
Meet Your Faculty
teacher
Robert Stockman, ThD
Wilmette Institute Director

I have had a passion for researching and teaching about the Bahá’í Faith for more than half of my life. My fascination with American Bahá’í history and with the first American Bahá’í, Thornton Chase, caused me, in 1980, to switch my academic field from planetary science to history of religion... See Faculty Bio

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