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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;
- 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, 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
Themes from the Old Testament
|1||The Sovereignty of God |
God, the Creator God
The Controller of the universe
|Gen. 1; 2|
|Gen. 37; 1-28, 41: 1-57, 45: 1-15|
|3||Parental Responsibility: Eli and Samuel||Judges 4|
1 Sam 2: 11-36; 3:1-
18; 4: 10-22; 8: 1-5
|4||Consequences of Saul’s disobedience||1 Samuel 15: 1-26; 16: 14-23; 31: 1-13|
|5||Submission 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
|6||Making Decisions |
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
|7||Supremacy 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
|8||Greed and its effects AhabGehazi||1 Kings 21: 1-29|
2 Kings 5
|9||Religious reforms The reign of King Josiah||2 Kings 22; 23: 1-30|
|10||Concern 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
|11||Faith in God Faith and courage Faith and power||Daniel 3|
|12||Nature 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
Themes from the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts Of The Apostles
|1||Baptism and Temptation of Jesus |
|Matthew 3:13-17 |
Mark 1: 9-11;
Luke 3: 21-22
Matthew 4: 1-11;
Mark 1: 12-13;
|2||The Call and Demands of Discipleship||Matthew 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
|3||Jesus’ Teaching on forgiveness||Matthew 6: 12,14-15; 18:21-35|
|4||The Trials of Jesus |
Jesus at Gethsemane
Condemnation of Jesus
|Matthew 26:36-56; |
Mk 14: 32-52;
Matthew 26: 69-75;
Mark 14: 66-72;
Luke 22: 54-62
Mark 14: 53-72;
Luke 22: 66-71; 23: 1-12
|5||The Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Crucifixion and burial |
|Matthew 27: 32-66|
Mark 15: 16-47;
Luke 23: 26-56
Mark 16: 1-14; Luke 24: 1-35
|6||Fellowship in the Early Church||Acts 1:15-26; 2:41-47; 4:32-37; 5:1-11; 6:2-6|
|7||The Holy Spirit and the Mission to the Gentiles |
The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
Mission to the Gentiles
Acts 9; 11:1-18
|8||Opposition to the Gospel Message||Acts 4:1-31; 5:17-42; 6:8-9; 7:1-10; 12:1-24|
Themes from selected Epistles
|1.||The Epistles of James |
Faith and Works
|James 1: 2-27; 2:14-26 |
James 1: 2-8; 5:13-18
|2.||The Epistle of 1 Peter |
Christians Living among non-Christians
Interpersonal Relationship among Christians
|1 Peter 2:13-17 |
1 Peter 2:1-25
1 Peter 5:1-11
WAEC Recommended Text
SUGGESTED READING LIST/REFERENCES
- 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.
- Quarcoopome, T. N. O. : History and Religion of Israel AUP, Ibadan, 1986.
- 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
- Guy, H. A.
- The Life of Christ.
- 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