Below is this years Waec Syllabus for CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES. Note that this syllabus is for both internal and external candidates.

Aims and Objectives

  • 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

(May not be taken with Islamic Religious Studies and /or West African Traditional Religion)

There will be two papers, Papers 1 and 2, both of which will be composite papers 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 setting questions.


SECTION A: Themes from the Old  Testament

  1. The Sovereignty of God
    • God, the Creator
    • God, the Controller of the universe
  2. Leadership roles
    • Joseph
    • Moses
    • Joshua
    • Deborah
  3. Parental Responsibility
    • Eli and Samuel
  4. Consequences of Saul’s disobedience
  5. Submission to the will of God
    • David’s submission to the will of God
    • David’s sin, repentance and forgiveness
  6. Making Decisions
    • Solomon’s wisdom
    • The unwise decision of Solomon and Rehoboam
  7. Supremacy of God
    • Religious tensions during Ahab’s reign
    • Elijah at Mount Carmel
  8. Greed and its effects
    • Ahab
    • Gehazi
  9. Religious reforms
    • The reign of King Josiah
  10. Concern for one’s  Nation
    • The condition of the nation
    • Response to the state of the nation
  11. Faith in God
    • Faith and courage
    • Faith and power
  12. Nature of God
    • True religion and social justice: Amos
    • God’s divine love – Hosea

SECTION B: Themes from the Synoptic Gospels and the Acts Of The Apostles

  1. Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
    • The Baptism
    • The Temptation
  2. The Call and Demands of Discipleship
  3. Jesus’ Teaching on forgiveness
  4. The Trials of Jesus
    • Jesus at Gethsemane
    • Peter’s Denials
    • Condemnation of Jesus
  5. The Crucifixion, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus
  6. Fellowship in the Early Church
  7. The Holy Spirit and the Mission to the Gentiles
    • The Holy Spirit at Pentecost
    • Mission to the Gentiles
  8. Opposition to the Gospel Message

SECTION C: Themes from selected Epistles

  1. The Epistles of James
    • Faith and Works
    • Impartiality
    • Effective Prayers
  2. The Epistle of 1 Peter
    • Good Citizenship
    • Christians Living among non-Christians
    • Interpersonal Relationships among Christians


    • 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
    • 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:  History and Religion of Israel Darton L & T
    • From the Institution of the Monarchy to    the fall of the Northern Kingdom
    • 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

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