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Fall “Capella” Courses

This fall, three courses are being offered by Gutenberg tutors. Students in Gutenberg College’s new Caps Program can earn a “Capella” upon successfully completing the courses, but the courses are open to all interested individuals. To participate in these courses, contact the tutors through the Gutenberg office: The time and place of each course will be worked out together with the participants. Course fees may apply.

JosephusJosephus’ Jewish Wars
(a Gutenberg course)

Deadline for participation: September 30
Teacher: Dr. David Crabtree
This course is a study of the wars that resulted in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD as described by Josephus. Josephus was a Jewish leader who started the war fighting for the Jews against the Romans but who was taken captive and befriended by the Roman commander of the attacking forces. Josephus ended up serving as an advisor to the Romans as they defeated the Jews and destroyed Jerusalem. Jewish Wars is a book he wrote describing these wars in detail. In this course, students will study the entire work in detail over about 25 weeks. No knowledge of Greek or Hebrew is required. Class will meet one time per week for two hours. Course can be taken at a distance.

Translation of Matthew (a Gutenberg course)
Deadline for participation: September 30
Teacher: Dr. David Crabtree

This course will entail translating the entire book of Matthew from Greek into English. It will require a fairly good knowledge of Greek. The class will proceed at the pace of thirty verses per week. At this pace, it will take about a year to complete the whole book. Class will meet one time per week for two hours. Course can be taken at a distance.

The Content of Biblical Philosophy, Part One:
The Core Message and Worldview of the Bible
(SIP* Course #1)

Deadline for participation: September 19
Teacher: Dr. Jack Crabtree

This seminar course involves studying assigned material and discussing it with the tutor and other students during class time. Part two of this course, “The content of Biblical Philosophy, Part Two: Other Biblical Concepts and Teachings,” is tentatively scheduled to be offered winter quarter. Upon successful completion of both parts, Caps students will receive a Capella in The Content of Biblical Philosophy.

*The Sound Interpretation Project (SIP), a non-profit organization begun by Gutenberg tutor Dr. Jack Crabtree, is committed to promoting a sound understanding of the Bible and its message. In pursuit of that mission, SIP is offering a comprehensive series of courses in Biblical Philosophy and in the New Testament. (For more information about The Sound Interpretation Project and its courses, read this PDF.)



Introducing: The Caps Program

Gutenberg College is pleased to introduce a new study program in 2014: the Caps Program. This program requires graduate level academic work, but it is unaccredited, and the course work is unlikely to be recognized by any accredited institution. The Caps Program could be interesting to two kinds of people: (1) those who want to pursue a graduate level education in one of the disciplines listed below; and (2) those who want to take advantage of the educational opportunities (individual courses) offered in conjunction with these programs. A complete description of the Caps Program is available here.

Caps Program Disciplines:

  • Music History
  • Philosophy of Science
  • New Testament in English
  • New Testament in Greek
  • Old Testament Exegesis
  • New Testament Greek


Mastery Not Factory MP3s

MP3′s of Gutenberg’s February 2014 education conference, “Mastery Not Factory: How We learn What Matters,” are now available to download from the Audio section of our website.

Mastery Not Factory Conference

The MP3s include the talks by the four speakers as well as the Q & A session at the end of the conference:

“How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall: A Skill Based Life” by Gutenberg tutor Chris Swanson.

“Fear and Education: What Emotions Do in the Classroom” by Gutenberg tutor Tim McIntosh.

“Fishing for the Truth: Perception, Apprehension, and the Quest for Human Blessedness” by guest speaker Andrew Kern, founder and president of the CiRCE Institute.

“Apprenticeship and Skill Learning: Intersection of Violin Mastery and Classical Education from a Christian Standpoint” by guest speaker Brandon Vance, two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion.

“Object Lessons and Q&A”


Financial Aid for International Students

A young man who grew up in poverty in Mexico has applied to Gutenberg for the fall. Despite having been abandoned by his parents as a small child and experiencing abuse and great hardship while growing up, he became a Christian and developed a love for the classics. His writing sample analyzed Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and whether or not morality can be learned without God. And he observed about the classics: “They pictured a different world, showing the possibility of beauty and sublime ideas. Eventually, they inspired me to believe that I did not have to be a victim. I could be a victor.” He discovered Gutenberg last year: “Based on my research, I believe Gutenberg College is one of few campuses where honest intellectual inquiry is encouraged. I want an education, not just a diploma.”

Gutenberg wants to give international students like this young man the opportunity to study at Gutenberg. But these students face many obstacles, a major one being financial. To acquire the necessary student visa, international students must be able to show the source of funds to pay for college ($15,000 to $16,000 a year to cover tuition, books, fees, and room-and-board at Gutenberg), and visa rules severely limit their ability to work to pay for their education while attending school.

Gutenberg helps international students as much as it can, but more help is needed. Help could be a one-time donation and/or on-going contributions to a scholarship fund. (If you are a regular Gutenberg donor, please consider this help a special project rather than diverting your regular gifts to fund this need.) If you or someone you know (a company or foundation perhaps) would be interested in helping international students like the young man from Mexico attend Gutenberg, please contact provost Peter Wierenga ( or 541-683-5141541-683-5141) as soon as possible. We cannot finalize any admission arrangements without having a good idea of how to help with funding. Thank you.


Issues in Biblical Interpretation

Ron JulianAudio MP3s of Ron Julian’s four-part series “Issues in Biblical Interpretation” are now available to download in the audio section of the Gutenberg website and from Gutenberg’s iTunes U site. Ron taught the series in 1990 as part of McKenzie Study Center’s Biblical Worldview Program. McKenzie Study Center is now an institute of Gutenberg College.

Ron Julian is the author of Righteous Sinners, and a co-author of The Language of God: A Commonsense Approach to Understanding and Applying the Bible. For other articles and talks by Ron Julian, go to his author page on the Gutenberg website.

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