WAEC Syllabus for Christian Religious Studies (CRS) 2023/2024

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WAEC Christian Religious Studies (CRS)

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;
  2. 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;
  3. identify difficulties involved in the application of healthy attitudes, concepts and skills acquired from the Bible in ensuring peaceful co-existence and national development;
  4. demonstrate adequate preparation for higher education through critical thinking and independent work.

Scheme of Examination

There will be two papers, Papers 1and 2, both of which will be a composite paper to be taken in 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 sections 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. 

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

WAEC CRS Syllabus

Section A

Themes from the Old Testament

1   The Sovereignty of God
God, the Creator God

The Controller of the universe                            
Gen. 1; 2      
2Leadership role:
a. Joseph    
b. Moses        
c. Joshua       
d. Deborah
Gen. 37; 1-28, 41: 1-57, 45: 1-15
3Parental Responsibility: Eli and SamuelJudges 4
1 Sam 2: 11-36; 3:1-
18; 4: 10-22; 8: 1-5
4Consequences of Saul’s disobedience1 Samuel 15: 1-26; 16: 14-23; 31: 1-13
5Submission to the will of God
David’s submission to the will of God
David’s sin, repentance and forgiveness
1 Sam 26;
2 Sam 12: 15-25
6Making Decisions  
Solomon’s wisdom    
The unwise decision of Solomon and Rehoboam
1 Kings 3: 3-28; 4: 29-34; 5: 1-12; 8

1 Kings 9; 15-23; 11: 1-13; 12:1-20
7Supremacy of God
Religious tensions during Ahab’s reign  
Elijah at Mount Carmel
1 Kings 16: 29-34; 17: 1-7; 18: 1-19

1 Kings 18: 17-46
8Greed and its effects AhabGehazi1 Kings 21: 1-29
2 Kings 5
9Religious reforms The reign of King Josiah2 Kings 22; 23: 1-30
10Concern for one’s  Nation
The condition of the nation  
Response to the state of the nation
2 Kings 24; 25;1-17
Nehemiah 1; 2: 9-20; 4
Ezra 1; 4; 5: 1-2; 6: 13-22; 7: 1-10
11Faith in God Faith and courage   Faith and powerDaniel 3
Daniel 6
12Nature of God
(a) True religion and social justice – Amos
(b) God’s divine love – Hosea
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

1Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
The Baptism    
The Temptation                                          
Matthew 3:13-17
Mark 1: 9-11;
Luke 3: 21-22
Matthew 4: 1-11;
Mark 1: 12-13;
Luke 4:1-13        
2The Call and Demands of DiscipleshipMatthew 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
3Jesus’ Teaching on forgivenessMatthew 6: 12,14-15; 18:21-35
4The Trials of Jesus
Jesus at Gethsemane  
Peter’s Denials    
Condemnation of Jesus
Matthew 26:36-56;
Mk 14: 32-52;
Matthew 26: 69-75;
Mark 14: 66-72;
Luke 22: 54-62
Matthew 26:47-75
Mark 14: 53-72;
Luke 22: 66-71; 23: 1-12
5The Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Crucifixion and burial      
The Resurrection
Matthew 27: 32-66
Mark 15: 16-47;     
Luke 23: 26-56
Matthew 28:1-10
Mark 16: 1-14; Luke 24: 1-35
6Fellowship in the Early ChurchActs 1:15-26; 2:41-47; 4:32-37; 5:1-11; 6:2-6
7The Holy Spirit and the Mission to the Gentiles
The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Mission to the Gentiles
Acts 2
Acts 9; 11:1-18
8Opposition to the Gospel MessageActs 4:1-31; 5:17-42; 6:8-9; 7:1-10; 12:1-24

Section C

Themes from selected Epistles

1.The Epistles of James
Faith and Works
Effective Prayers  
James 1: 2-27; 2:14-26
James 2:1-13
James 1: 2-8; 5:13-18    
2.The Epistle of 1 Peter
Good Citizenship
Christians Living among non-Christians
Interpersonal Relationship among Christians
1 Peter 2:13-17
1 Peter 2:1-25
1 Peter 5:1-11



  • The Holy Bible (Revised Standard Version)
  • New Clarendon Bible Series
  • Bright, John: History and Religion of Israel
  • Anderson, B. W.: The Living World of 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

  1. Quarcoopome, T. N. O. : History and Religion of Israel AUP, Ibadan, 1986.
  2. Dickson, Kwesi i.   
    • History and Religion of Israel Darton L & T 1968
    • From the Institution of the Monarchy to the fall of the Northern Kingdom

New Testament

  1. Guy, H. A.                           
    • The Life of Christ.                                                
    • The Acts of the Apostles                                                                                                         
  2. Pobee, John S: Matthew and Mark for Schools
  3. Dickson K . A: The Gospel According to Luke (Accra, Asempa Publishers) 
  4. Awolabi Joshua: Simple Approach to Christian Religious Knowledge  Elis Association, Lagos 2011
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