RELG 004. New Testament and Early Christianity
A discussion-rich introduction to the New Testament in light of recent biblical scholarship. The class engages the issues of authorship and redaction, purpose and structure, and historical context and cultural setting. Some of the particular themes that are studied include the dynamic of canon formation, the synoptic problem in relation to the Gospel of John, first-century Judaism, Greek and Roman influences, the messianic consciousness of Jesus, the use of epistolary literature in Paul, the problem of apocalyptic material, and the wealth of extra-canonical writings (e.g., Gospel of Thomas) that are crucial for examining the rise of Christianity in the years from 30 CE to 150 CE. Novels and films inspired by the New Testament are read and viewed as well.
Eligible for CBL
Catalog chapter: Religion
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/religion
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