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Fall “Capella” Courses

This fall, five courses are being offered by Gutenberg tutors. Students in Gutenberg College’s Caps Program can earn a “Capella” upon successfully completing the courses, but the courses are open to all interested individuals.

Dr. David Crabtree Dr. David Crabtree is offering three capella courses this fall. These courses will begin in October, but the exact starting date and class time will be negotiated with participates. (Participation via Skype is an option.) Courses will meet once per week for about 90 minutes. To participate in these courses, contact Dr. David Crabtree through the Gutenberg office:

  • Translation of Acts. The class will translate through the book of Acts at a rate of about 30 verses per week. One or two years of Greek or the equivalent is a prerequisite.
  • Deuteronomy. This capella will take students through the whole book of Deuteronomy over the course of the year. Participants will study a chapter each week in preparation for class, and they will take turns presenting their work to the rest of the class. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.
  • Josephus’ The Jewish Wars (Part 2). This capella is a continuation of one that started last year. Participants will take turns teaching the class sections from Josephus’ work. The capella will begin with Book V.

Dr. Jack CrabtreeDr. Jack Crabtree is offering two capella courses this fall though Sound Interpretation Project.* Both courses involve individual study outside of class (homework). The location of the courses has yet to be determined. For those outside of Eugene who want to take the class by way of video-conferencing, that will be possible. If you are interested in the courses below, contact Dr. Jack Crabtree through the Gutenberg office:

  • Introduction to Understanding New Testament Greek (SIP Course #99). One of the challenges to learning Greek is all the memorization required. Fortunately, modern computer technology has made it possible to translate the Greek New Testament without actually gaining fluency in the N.T. Greek language. This course is for people who want to learn how to study and translate the Greek New Testament without having to learn how to sight read Greek and be able to recognize all the grammatical forms. If you know absolutely nothing about N.T. Greek, this is the course for you.
    • The course will probably begin November 5, but this is subject to change.
    • The will be no fees charged for this course. However, you will need to invest in some computer software and resources (about $300) and perhaps a textbook.
  • The Content of Biblical Philosophy (SIP Course #1 and #2). For anyone who would like to digest a coherent, systematic presentation of the message and worldview of the Bible, Sound Interpretation Project is offering a course, beginning this fall, on The Content of Biblical Philosophy. The course involves studying Jack Crabtree’s notes on the subject and then engaging in dialogue about the content of those notes in a seminar environment.
    • The course will probably begin November 8 and continue throughout most of the school year (with appropriate holiday breaks, but this is subject to change.
    • The course will probably be held weekly on Sunday afternoons from about 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., but this is subject to change.
    • The will be no fees charged for this course. However, Dr. Crabtree’s notes will be emailed to you, and you will have the expense of printing them (a couple hundred pages), if you want a paper copy.

*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.


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All the articles printed in 2013 in our monthly News & Views newsletter are now available in the Articles section. There you will find a list of all our articles, or you can search by author or topic.


The Caps Program

Gutenberg College introduced 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”


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