new final link (posted Mar. 2015)
new movie night (posted 22 Apr. 2015)


It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks. (Albert Einstein, 1921, in response to Thomas Edison’s opinion that a college education is useless)


The growing precision of our understanding should enhance, and not diminish our sense of wonder. (Alfred Brendel)


In much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase in sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1.18)


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. (William Butler Yeats)


You must unlearn what you have learned. (Yoda, Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back)


The unexamined life is not worth living. (Socrates [Plato, Apology, 38a])


ΕΝ ΟΙΔΑ ΟΤΙ ΟΥΔΕΝ ΟΙΔΑ. (= Ἓν οἶδα ὅτι οὐδὲν οἶδα.; Socrates)


ΓΝĹΘΙ ΣΕΑΥΤΟΝ. (= Γνῶθι σεαυτόν.; Temple of Apollo at Delphi)


evaluation

exegesis guidelines

resources

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Westminster College

REL 101: Understanding the Bible

Spring 2015


Welcome to Religion 101: Understanding the Bible. This course is a general introduction to and an exploration of the Bible. By the end of this semester, you will be able to:

•   discuss what the Bible is and what its significance is for Western culture and for the world

•   discuss general contents of the Bible, including major themes and issues

•   read carefully and critically passages from a variety of biblical books as well as from extra-canonical sources

•   discuss the meaning(s) of Bible passages in their historical contexts (e.g., cultural, geographical, literary, political contexts) as well as in relation to contemporary thought

•   identify methodological issues involved in biblical interpretation

•   demonstrate exegetical skills using modern methods of interpretation, especially the historical-critical method

•   demonstrate an appreciation of biblical texts that is both critical and creative

Achieving these goals will require hard work on your part, which will bring many challenging, enlightening, exciting, frustrating, and rewarding experiences.


Accessibility Statement:

Westminster College actively strives for the full inclusion of all our students. Students with disabilities who require access solutions for environmental or curricular barriers should contact Faith Craig, Director of Disability Resources: 209 Thompson-Clark Hall; 724-946-7192; craigfa@westminster.edu.

 

Caveat

This course is designed so that anyone, religious or not, who does the required work can attain the goals mentioned above. This course is not designed to persuade you to a particular faith or religious point of view. Nor is it intended to build up or disparage existing faith, although an informed understanding of the Bible can lead to a deeper appreciation of Judaism and Christianity. Students who consider themselves to be followers of any religion, or of no religion at all, are welcome on this semester journey to become better acquainted with the Bible, to learn to appreciate it better, and to become informed and responsible interpreters of it.


 Requirements and evaluation for the course

Evaluation

For my criteria for evaluation of assignments go to Evaluation and read the information carefully.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any assignment, please ask in class or make an appointment to see me.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any evaluation or how you are doing in the course, please make an appointment to see me.

 

Assigned

readings

Assigned readings should be completed before the class for which they are assigned—use your best judgment to divide the readings evenly for each week. The primary focus throughout the course will be on the biblical texts. Occasionally I may assign additional readings, but these will ordinarily be short. You must come to class with at least 2 written questions or comments in response to the readings (see Participation). Cultivate the ability to ask informed questions about the readings based on the knowledge you gain along the way; the demonstration of your ability to formulate questions will affect the evaluation of your semester grade. Keeping notes on the readings is highly recommended. I would encourage you to use this form for every reading assignment (also on my.westminster).


N.B.: Not all the assigned readings may be covered in class discussions or exams, but they are assigned for your edification toward achieving the goals of the course. The more you refer to them in class and in your work, the better your mastery of the readings will be. Your use of them in class discussion and in your work will affect the evaluation of your semester grade.


Map

paper #1

You will draw a map of the United Monarchy at the height of Solomon’s reign and write a paper on David’s conquest.

•   You must draw (or trace) the map by hand (on a letter-size paper). How colorful or artistic the map is will not affect the grade.

The map must show important boundaries, territories, and cities of the United Monarchy.

•   The paper, which is the main part of this assignment, should consist of 700–1,000 words.

It should identify and explain reasons for David’s conquest of the territories that made up his empire.

Avoid mere theological reasons (e.g., “because God told David to do so”); avoid mere summaries or paraphrases of biblical narratives. Consider what advantages David's conquests brought for his kingdom.

Follow all the instructions given on my Evaluation page under Written assignments.

Use footnotes or endnotes to document your sources following the Chicago Manual of Style—for help: NoodleTools. Learn the automatic footnote (and endnote) function of your word processor.

The Oxford Bible Atlas and the maps at the end of NOAB (see "Required books" below) are good places to start.

If possible, scan and insert the map at the end of your paper file; if not, submit the map separately.

•   As soon as you submit your paper, make an appointment to review your graded paper with me.

 

You may be given the chance to revise your paper after its evaluation. Should you choose to do so, your revision will be evaluated and the final grade will be the average of the two.


Map

paper #2

You will draw a map of the Roman Empire during the first century and write a paper on one of the places on the map.

  • You must draw (or trace) the map by hand (on a letter-size paper). How colorful or artistic the map is will not affect the grade.
    • The map must show important boundaries, territories, and cities of the Roman Empire, as well as the most significant places in Palestine, including the main areas of Jesus’ ministry
    • The map should include at least the following: Alexandria, Antioch, Athens, Jerusalem, Rome.

  • The paper, which is the main part of this assignment, should consist of 700–1,000 words on one of the places (area or city).
    • It should Include:
      • 1) basic or notable facts about the place
      • 2) reasons for its significance for the Roman Empire or for understanding the New Testament, or for both
    • Do not report merely where or how many times in the NT the place is mentioned; avoid mere summaries or paraphrases of biblical narratives.
    • Follow all the instructions given on my Evaluation page under Written assignments.
    • Use footnotes or endnotes to document your sources following the Chicago Manual of Style—for help: NoodleTools. Learn the automatic footnote (and endnote) function of your word processor.
    • The Oxford Bible Atlas and the maps at the end of NOAB (see "Required books" below) are good places to start.
    • If possible, scan and insert the map at the end of your paper file; if not, submit the map separately.

  • As soon as you submit your paper, make an appointment to review your graded paper with me.

You may be given the chance to revise your paper after its evaluation. Should you choose to do so, your revision will be evaluated and the final grade will be the average of the two.


Terms

Throughout the semester, you will be responsible for learning significant terms covered in our texts or in class. You will be responsible for finding the definitions, e.g., using course texts (glossary, index) and resources listed in "Resources to consider" below. The terms may constitute a part of any quiz or exam.

Quizzes

&

exams

The midterm exam will cover all the materials in the course we will have covered by the time of the exam (e.g., the reading assignments and terms). The final exam will cover the entire sweep of the course. There may be pop quizzes, the results of which will affect the evaluation of your participation. See my Evaluation page under Quizzes and examinations.


In lieu of the final exam, you may do one of the following.

1) Take a 30-minute oral exam. You must meet with me before April 15 to discuss this option.

2) Write an exegesis paper (1,000–1,500 words) on Matthew 5 (focusing on a portion thereof) that demonstrates your knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments. You must see me as early as possible before the semester break to discuss this option. See my Exegesis guidelines page for some starter questions and other tips to consider. For ideas, look at some critical commentaries in our library, i.e., scholarly books on Matthew with lots of (foot)notes.


Grades

Grades will be determined as fairly as possible. See my Evaluation page under Grades for more information. The final grade for the course will consist of the following:

• final exam or exegesis paper

30%

Participation is a significant part of this course.

See my Evaluation page under Participation

for more information and instructions.

• midterm exam

20%

• map paper #1

20%

• map paper #2

20%

• participation (including pop quizzes)

10%

 

N.B.: If you have any questions about any assignment, please ask in class or make an appointment to see me.

N.B.: If you have any questions about any evaluation or how you are doing in the course, please make an appointment to see me.

Extra

credit

You may earn extra credit any time during the semester.

•   Submit a paper consisting of 700–1,000 words relating something from popular culture (e.g., movie, play, TV show, book, any performance) to a particular biblical text or theme (consult the instructor).

•   The paper should be mostly critique (not mere summary or description).

        

N.B.: The instructor reserves the right to make the final determination concerning any extra credit. You can earn a maximum of 5% toward the final grade. You may write more than one, if you wish, but you won't receive more than 5% total in extra credit.


 

Required books

A Bible. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha (NOAB) using the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) will be the common text for class assignments and discussions. N.B.: the table of contents, introductions, essays, tables, glossary, maps, etc. are all very helpful. In all cases, you are encouraged to use (1) other English translations besides the NRSV, e.g., NIV, and (2) Bibles in other languages.

Brown, Michael J. What They Don't Tell You: A Survivor's Guide to Biblical Studies. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000.

Harris, Stephen L. Understanding the Bible. 8th ed. Mountain View: Mayfield Publishing Co., 2010.

 

Recommended books (* = highly recommended)

Tanakh. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 1985 (5748). [especially recommended for comparison of Old Testament passages]

* Achtemeier, Paul. Inspiration and Authority: Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999.

* Aland, Kurt, ed. Synopsis of the four Gospels. New York: United Bible Societies, 1982. (highly recommended; also available in Greek-English version)

Armstrong, Karen. A History of God. New York: Ballantine Books, 1993.

* Brown, Raymond E. Biblical Exegesis and Church Doctrine. Wipf & Stock, 2002.

* _____. An Introduction to New Testament Christology. New York: Paulist Press, 1994.

* _____. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

* _____. Responses to 101 Questions on the Bible. New York: Paulist Press, 1990.

Duling, Dennis C. and Norman Perrin. The New Testament: Proclamation and Parenesis, Myth and History. 3rd ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1994.

* Goodacre, Mark. The Synoptic Problem: A Way Through the Maze. London: T. & T. Clark, 2001. (N.B. free book online)

* Meyer, Paul. The Word in This World. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Miles, Jack. God: A Biography. New York: Vintage Books, 1995.

Pritchard, James, B., ed. The Ancient Near East, Vol. I: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1958.

_____. The Ancient Near East, Vol. II: A New Anthology of Texts and Pictures. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1975.

Sanders, E. P. and Margaret Davies. Studying the Synoptic Gospels. London, SCM Press, 1989.

* Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1979. (online copy; also here)

 

Resources to consider

See my Resources page for helpful resources, esp. The NT Gateway.

R-drive: course folder and the “NaFiles” folder

Bible concordances (McGill library)

Ferguson, Duncan S. Bible Basics. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1995.

Turner, Nicholas. The Handbook for Biblical Studies. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1982.

 

Keeping in touch

During the semester check your e-mail regularly for messages regarding course matters (e.g., changes in the syllabus). Visit and reload (refresh) this page for updates to the syllabus; see also my homepage for other information and resources related to the course. Please feel free to make an appointment any time about any course matters.

 

Tips from former students

For some practical advice from former students, see the tips page.

 

One last word . . .

Regardless of how demanding all of this is, I promise to be as fair as possible. I recognize that you will be very busy this semester pursuing various obligations and passions. I understand. I have my passions too, e.g., my family, music, philosophy, nature, mountain biking, fixing things, food. But I am also very passionate about education, both yours and mine—I mean not just the business of acquiring knowledge but more importantly the total development of honorable human beings. I do not require you to share my excitement about all the things we will cover, but I do expect you to do your best to complete the requirements for the course. To help you do that, I will make myself available outside the class time and the office hours. I will be glad to help you when you are struggling with an assignment. Or if you have any questions, concerns, complaints, and even compliments, I will do my best to take the time to listen and offer my response. Keep in mind that I am here to help you learn. So again, welcome to Religion 101: Understanding the Bible.


Course schedule MWF 0920–1020     PH 110

REL 101


= required

+ = in the library (N.B.: Please do not check them out, so that others may read them in the library.)

bold = primary text(s) for presentation or class (discussion)

> = recommended / suggested


Week 1

 

Jan 12 M

Jan 14

Jan 16

General orientation: What is the Bile?

Course syllabus (including Evaluation link; review requirements, expectations, and criteria for grading—ask Qs, if you have any)

Westminster College Mission Statement

Fisher: Effective Learning (pp. 3 & 6; also in Inquiry text)

Gen 7.1–5; 6.11–22

Gen 1.1–3.24 (cf. Ps 8, 136, 148; Prov 8.22–31; Job 38; Dt 32.8–9)

Harris: preface; chs. 1–2 (tip: "Questions for Review" & "Questions for Discussion and Reflection" are very helpful for quizzes & exams)


Translation comparison

Memorize the books of the Protestant canon in order (learn correct spelling). [also: comparison chart; canons; some early NT canons]

Remember: bring your written Qs & Cs to each class (see Participation).

Copy all relevant Web pages and resources to your hard disk or flash drive, etc. for easy access. Keep the copies updated.


>NOAB: introductory notes

>Brooks & Collins: “Introduction” to Hebrew Bible or Old Testament

>Christmas Quiz

>Easter Quiz (NB: take this "quiz" before reading the following)

>1Cor 15.3–10
>Mk 15.40•16.8
>Mt 27.55–28.20
>Lk 23.48–24.53
>Jn 19.25–21.25
>Acts 1.1–2.4
>Gos Pet (N.B.: Q10 on "Easter Quiz")


World-view (ppt link)

Optical conditioning

Optical illusion

World-view (context & perspective)

Number chaos-order

Context & perspective

What do you see?

Xmas Quiz

Greek NT: 1st page

Transmission errors

Manuscript

•Grades?

Week 2

 

Jan 21 W

Jan 23

Jan 26

The Ancient Near East; The God of Israel; Torah (Pentateuch)

Harris: ch. 3

Brown: Prolegomena; ch. 1

Gen 1–36 (skim; cf. Rom 9.10–21)

Gen 1.1–3.24 (cf. Enuma Elish; also cf. Job 26.8–14; Ps 74.13-17; 89.5–10; Isa 27.1; 51.9–10); ethical & scientific relevance?
Gen 1.26–27: Is God alone? (cf. Ps 82; Ex 15.11; 1 Kgs 22.19–23)

Gen 22.1–19: sons & sacrifices (cf. Judg 11.29–40); ethical relevance?
Gen 9.1–17: new start, new laws, new covenant

•+Pritchard: vol.1: 31–39 & vol.2: 1–5 (also “read” the pictures); cf. Job 26.12; Ps 74.14, 89.10; Isa 27.1, 51.9


Week 3

 

Jan 28 W

Jan 30

Feb 2

Torah (Pentateuch)

Harris: ch. 4

Brown: Rule of Thumb 1–10
Gen 37–50

Gen 37.18–36 (discern J & E)

Gen 38 (Judah & Tamar)

Ex 1–15; 19–24; 32–34 (skim)

Ex 15.1–19: creation motif (cf. Gen 1)

Ex 20.1–17: ten (?) words of YHWH (cf. Dt 5.6–21)

Ex 23.1–13

Ex 34: ritual decalogue

Lev 19 (esp. vv. 15, 33–34): egalitarian ethos (cf. Ex 23.1–3)

Num 10.11–14.45

Num 22 (humor? meaning?)

Dt 1–6, 26–29 (skim)

Dt 17.14–20: YHWH's egalitarianism

•+Pritchard: vol.1: 85–86, 138–67; vol.2: 42–53 (skim prudently; check for OT parallels)

Yahweh & Jehovah


Week 4

 

Feb 4 W

Feb 6

Feb 9

Deuteronomistic History & Theology

Harris: ch. 5

Brown: Rule of Thumb 11–19

Josh 1–6, 24

Josh 2, 6 (cf. 2 Sam 6.17–19): conquest (?) of Canaan

Josh 24 (birth of Israel)

Judg 1.1–16.31

Judg 2.6–3.6: Dtr's theory of history

Judg 8.22–23: theocracy & monarchy

1 Sam 1–12

1 Sam 7.3–8.22; 10.17–27; 12 (cf. Judg 8.22–23): Samuel Tradition (theocratic); cf. Hos 8.4; 9.15; 10.3, 9)

1 Sam 9.1–10.16; 11: Saul Tradition (monarchic)

2 Sam 2–12

2 Sam 7: YHWH's deal with David

2 Sam 11–12: David falls?


Week 5

 

Feb 11 W

Feb 13

Feb 16

Feb 16: map paper #1 due (Turnitin.com)
The divided kingdom

Harris: ch. 5

Brown: Rule of Thumb 20–24

1 Kgs 1–11, 12–22

1 Kgs 11.1–13 (cf. Dt 17.14–20): Who or what's to blame?

2 Kgs 16–17

2 Kgs 21–23 & 2 Chr 33–35: Will the real Manasseh please stand?

Dt 12–26 (skim)

Dt 12.1–32: centralization of YHWH cult

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Israelite prophecy

Harris: ch. 6

1 Sam 10.5–13; 16.13–23; 19.18–24; 2 Kgs 9.11: ecstasy & madness?

1 Sam 18.10–12

1 Kgs 13, 22

1 Kgs 22.1–28: Can prophets lie or be deceived? (cf. Ezek 14.1–11; 1Kgs 13)

Ezek 14.1–11

Am 7.10–17

2 Kgs 2 (cf. Ex 15; Josh 3): Moses? Elisha the mean baldy?


Week 6

 

Feb 18 W

Feb 20

Feb 23

Prophets; exile; crisis to (new) covenant

Harris: ch. 6

Brown: Rule of Thumb 25–28; ch. 5

Amos

Hos

Hos 11: YHWH's will & grace

Isa 1–11

Isa 6–9: Isaiah's call & Immanuel

Mic

Zeph

Nah

Hab

Jer 1–25

Jer 20.7–13 (prophetic lament): prophecy & blasphemy; cf. Job 19.1–7 & Hab 1.2–4, 9; 2.8, 17

Look "Jeremiad" up in a dictionary & see how the definition makes biblical sense

Zech 9.9 & Mt 21.1–7


Week 7


Feb 25 W

Feb 27

Mar 2

New horizons: good dentistry & challenge to Deuteronomistic Theology

Harris: ch. 6

Jer 31.31–34: new covenant

Isa 40, 45, 49, 53

Isa 53

Ezek 18, 33–48

Ezek 18 (cf. Jer 31.28–30): individual accountability

Ezek 36.26–28 (cf. Jer 31.31–34)

Ezek 37.1–14: bone-dry

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Psalms: singing the faith

Wisdom literature: getting wiser?

Harris: ch. 7

Ps 1, 8, 13, 19, 22, 29, 44, 46, 51, 82, 89, 104, 116, 130, 137, 150

Ps 19: singing in the rain (about creation and law)

Ps 44: Deuteronomistic theology?

Ps 82: the divine council revisited (cf. Ps 44)

Ps 89 (cf. 2 Sam 7): Davidic covenant?

Prov 1–9

Ecclesiastes: What's the lesson?

Course syllabus


Week 8


Mar 4 W

Mar 6


Mar 7–15

(break)


Mar 16

Mar 6: midterm exam

Wisdom literature: getting wiser?

Restoration of Judah: the beginnings of Judaism

Harris: ch. 7

Job 1–14, 38–42 (skim the rest)

Job 1–2; 42.7–17: What went wrong?

Job 7.11–21 (cf. Ps 39): "God, leave me alone!"

Job 9.14–24; 19; 23.1–7 (cf. 1–2; 32.1–5)

1 Chr 1–9 (skim)

1 Chr 1–9: What's the meaning?

Ezra

Ezra 10: Who's in?

Neh

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Apocalyptic & apocryphal literature

Judaism & Hellenism

Harris: ch. 8

1 Macc (skim)

1 Macc 1–2; 4.36–61 (Hanukkah)


Week 9


Mar 18 W

Mar 20

Mar 23

Apocalyptic literature

The Apocrypha & the canon

The Greco-Roman world


Harris: ch. 8

Dan (see Harris: ch. 7)

Dan 7: weird dreams

Bel

Tobit: spiritual entertainment (enjoy!!!)


Week 10


Mar 25 W

Mar 27

Mar 30

The Jewish world: Judaisms & the Messiah

Harris: ch. 9

+Brown: Intro to NT Christology, 155–61 (“A Brief History of the Development of the Royal Messianic Hope in Israel”)

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Understanding the Gospels

Harris: ch. 10

Gos Pet (N.B. Q10 on "Easter Quiz")

Sanders & Davies: Synoptic Gospels, 51–119 (skim)

Inf Gos Thom

Nicene Creed & Apostles' Creed

Easter Quiz (N.B.: take this "quiz" before reading the following)

1 Cor 15.3–10

Mk 15.40–16.8

Mt 27.55–28.20

Lk 23.48–24.53

Jn 19.25–21.25

Acts 1.1–2.4

Gos Pet (N.B. Q10 on "Easter Quiz")

Phraseology: KoG & KoH


>Synopses (very helpful for comparisons)

>some synoptic solutions

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Mark (a trend-setter?): the suffering Messiah

Harris: ch. 11

Mk 1.1–16.8; 16.8–20

Mk 1.1–15 (esp. vv. 9–11, 12–13, 14–15) & ||s

Mk 4.1–13 (esp. vv. 11–13): purpose of parables

Mk 6.30–44: feeding 5K folks (cf. 8.1–10; 19–20); cf. also Mt 14.13–21 (cf. 15.32–39; 16.9–10); Lk 9.10–17; Jn 6.1–15

Mk 8.1–9.1 (esp. 8.27–33, 9.1) & ||s

Mk 15.40–16.8 (–16.20): What really happened?


Week 11


Apr 1 W


Apr 2–6

(break)


Apr 7

Apr 8

Matthew: the teacher par excellence

Harris: ch. 11 (all week)

Mt 1.1–7.29; 10.1–42; 13.1–52; 18.1–35; 23.1–28.20

Mt 1.1–17 & ||: the "begat" list (cf. 1 Chr 1[–9])

Mt 1.18–2.23 & || (?): where did Joseph & Mary live?

Mt 5.1–7.27 & ||s (?): Sermon on the Mount (walk this way; talk this way)

Mt 5.3–12 & ||: Beatitudes

Mt 5.17–20; 7.21–23: Torah

Mt 6.5–15 (cf. Lk 11.1–4): Lord's Prayer

Mt 7.12: Golden Rule

Mt 10.1–11.1 & ||s

Mt 10.34–39: anti-family?

Mt 20.1–16: fair?

Mt 21.1–11 & ||s: how many animals can Jesus ride?

Mt 25.31–46: sheep & goats & ethics

+Brown, Raymond E. Responses to 101 Questions on the Bible (New York: Paulist Press, 1990), Q54–60

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Luke: champion of the outcast

Lk 1.1–6.49; 9.51–24.53

Lk 1.46–56: radical song?

Lk 3.23–38: significance?

Lk 4.1–13: when will the devil return? (see 22.3)

Lk 4.14–30: what's the problem? (cf 1.46–56)

Lk 6.17–38, esp. 24–26: sermon on the plain (cf. Mt's sermon on the mount)

Lk 10.25–37 (cf. Mk 12.28–34; Mt 22.34–40; Dt 6.4–5 & Lev 19.18; Rom 13.9; Gal 5.14; Jas 2.8): who's the neighbor?

Lk 10.38–42: women disciples?

Lk 15.11–32: lost & found?

Lk 16.1–9: huh? fair?

Lk 22.7–23 & ||s: Last Supper (when was it? which was first: bread or wine?)

Cotton Patch: Lk 10.25–37

Cotton Patch: Lk 15

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John: love divine

John

Jn 1.1–18: Logos christology

Jn 3.1–21; 4.1–42; 6; 10

Jn 13.1–20: eat or feet?

Jn 13.31–35: how would others know?

Jn 12.27–36; cf. Mk 14.32–42 & ||s): agony?

Jn 18.2–11 ; cf. ||s: the arrest

Jn 20 (esp. 20.19–29 (N.B. vv. 22, 28): seeing is believing?
Phraseology: KoG & KoH

Jesus in Synoptics & Jn


Week 12


Apr 10 F

Apr 13

Apr 15

•Apr 10: map paper #2 due (Turnitin.com)
The historical Jesus?

Harris: ch. 12

Consider: Where do we get our ideas about Jesus (really)? What does the Bible actually say about Jesus? Why are there 4 Gospel?

•+Brown: Intro to NT, 817–30 (“The Historical Jesus”); 105–7 (“Portraits of Jesus”)

Nicene Creed & Apostles' Creed
Inf Gos Thom

Review beginnings of the Gospels

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The early church

Harris: ch. 13

Acts 1.1–15.35; 21.1–28.31

Acts 2; 10–11; 15.1–35: the spirit moves in mysterious & blasphemous ways

Acts 9.1–22; 22.4–16; 26.9–18: reports  of Paul's conversion

Acts 17.16–34: apostle among philosophers in Athens

Acts 28.30–31: the end?

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Trying to understand Paul; Pauline eschatology

Harris: ch. 13

2 Pet 3.15–16
Gal 1.13–17 (cf. Acts 9.1–22; 22.4–16; 26.9–18): Paul's call
Isa 49.1–6
Jer 1.1–10

1 Thess

1 Thess 4.13–5.11 (cf. 1 Cor 15.51–53): Paul's (early) eschatology (cf. Phil 3.10–11)

The End Is Always Near (skim)


Week 13


Apr 17 F

Apr 20

Apr 24

Corinthian problems with freedom

Harris: ch. 13 (all week)

1–2 Cor (skim)

1 Cor 13 (cf. Rom 13.8–10; John 13.34–35; Gal 5.14; Mk 12.28–34; Mt 22.34–40; Lk 10.27; Jas 2.8; Lev 19.18): apostle of love

1 Cor 6.1–20; 10.14–33: freedom in Christ

1 Cor 12: unity

1 Cor 15: eschatology & resurrection

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Galatian problems with freedom

Gal

Gal 2.11–14 (cf. Acts 10–11): Gentiles & Jews in the church

Gal 3 (cf. Rom 4): faith, grace, law

Gal 3.23–29; 5.1; cf. 1 Cor 12.12–13 (cf. Col 3.1–11): freedom in Christ

Rom

Rom 1.1–6: Paul's Christology

Rom 7.7–13: What about the Torah?

Rom 9–11: what about Israel?

Rom 13.8–10 (cf. 1 Cor 13; John 13.34–35; Gal 5.14; Mk 12.28–34; Mt 22.34–40; Lk 10.27; Jas 2.8; Lev 19.18): apostle of love

Phil

Phil 2.6–11; 3.2–11

Phlm

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The early church organizes: Paul revisited, revised?

Who’s in charge?: the masculinization of the church & gospel of freedom

•2 Thess
•Col & Eph (in this order)
•1–2 Tim
•Titus

Who’s in charge?: the masculinization of the church & gospel of freedom

1 Cor 11.3–16

Eph 5.21–6.9

Col 3.18–4.1

1 Tim 2.8–15

1 Pet 2.18–3.7

(cf. Rom 10.11–13; Gal 3.27–29; 1 Cor 12.12–13; Col 3.9–11)


Sunday, 26 Apr.: movie night with the Nas 7:46 PM-ish
Feel free to bring DVDs of movies you think your classmates should see. For directions click here.


Week 14


Apr 27 M

Apr 29

May 1

The church in conflict: false (?) teachers & alternatives to Paul; orthodoxy, heterodoxy, heresy

Harris: ch. 14

Heb

Heb 2.1–4; 3.1–6; 5.7

Jas

Jas 2.14–26: not quite Paul (cf. Mt)

1 Pet

1 Pet 2.11–4.11 (esp. 2.13–17, 18–25): faith & societal issues

Jude & 2 Pet (in this order)

2 Pet 3.1–18: the delay of the Parousia

1–3 Jn (cf. language of the Gospel According to John)

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The church under persecution: persecution, apocalyptic & eschatology

Harris: ch. 14

Rev

Rev 1.1–3

Rev 5.6; 12.3–9; 13.11–18: portrait of good & evil

Rom 13.1–7, 1 Tim 2.1 & 1 Pet 2.13–17: faith & the empire

>666 or 616? (click on "numerology")

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Faith, history & text; final thoughts

Harris: ch. 15

Paul Meyer: “Faith and History Revisited” in Princeton Seminary Bulletin 10 (1989): 75–83


May 7 R

F  i  n  a  l     e  x  a  m: 0800–1030 (regular classroom)
final exam review file



evaluation

exegesis guidelines

resources

Na home



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