Introduction to the New Testament|
Fall 2016 not offered
|Certificates: Middle Eastern Studies|
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to those writings of the earliest Christians that came to be included in the New Testament. These writings will be examined critically with respect to their social-historical origin, religious content, and place within the development of early Christianities. Interpreting early Christian texts constitutes the most important task in the study of the New Testament. We will, therefore, focus on a close reading of the New Testament in light of historical situations and social contexts in the Greco-Roman world, having as one of the chief aims of the course the acquisition of critical skills in reading and understanding the New Testament. In the process, we will necessarily engage secondary scholarship and wider theoretical interests, thereby providing students with a general introduction to the academic study of religion.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CMES)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
HARPER COLLINS STUDY BIBLE (NRSV ED.)
Burton Mack, WHO WROTE THE NEW TESTAMENT?
John Gager, REINVENTING PAUL
Lawrence Wills, NOT GOD'S PEOPLE
Richard Pervo, THE MYSTERY OF ACTS
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two in-class exams, one paper, and final exam.
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