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Spring Semester • 2013

 Recommended books (* = highly recommended)

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The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha (NRSV), 3rd ed. (NB: table of contents, introductions, essays, tables, glossary, maps—all are very helpful.) You may use another Bible, if you wish, but the New Oxford Annotated Bible (NOAB) will be the common text for class assignments and discussions. In all cases, you are encouraged to use other English translations (e.g., NIV) and Bibles in other languages in addition to the NRSV. The Tanakh is especially recommended for comparison of Old Testament passages.

* Achtemeier, Paul. Inspiration and Authority: Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999.
* 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.
* Bultmann, Rudolf. Jesus Christ and Mythology. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Goodacre, Mark. The Synoptic Problem: A Way Through the Maze. London: T. & T. Clark, 2001.
* Meyer, Paul. The Word in This World. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Jesus through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.
* Robinson, James M. A New Quest of the Historical Jesus. London: SCM Press, 1959.

Sanders, E. P. and Margaret Davies. Studying the Synoptic Gospels. London: SCM Press, 1989.
  Segal, Alan F. Rebecca's Children: Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1986.

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Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1979. (See my Resources page under Miscellaneous for the first edition of Strunk.)



Date


Recommended readings

highlight = R-drive file

 

Week 1

>How to Ace College

>Do you know how to think? (a self-exam)

>Tips for writing papers


>Gundry: student resourcesnew

>NOAB: table of contents, introductions, essays, tables, glossary, maps—skim carefully)

>The NT Gateway (excellent Web resources)

>Bible in 50 words

>Bible Contradiction & Responses

>Myth
>Resurrection

>Johnson & Spong on Jesus' birth

>Resurrection theories

>More on Jesus' birth (check out "resources" page)

>Chronology (info & links)

>Manuscript marginalia (an interesting example)

>+Brown, Responses, Q1–4: Translations of the Bible

>Study Guide 1 (These may be helpful, but they may not always correspond to the readings.)

>Study Guide 2

>Study Guide 38

>Perception quiz

>Calendar

>"Quiz"

>Optical Illusions

>Riddles

Week 2


Context &

environment

>The Greeks (interactive site): read about Socrates, Plato, etc.

>Blogging the Bible (an interesting viewpoint that might resonate with your life)

>+Brown, Responses, Q5–10: Genuine and apocryphal books of the Bible

>+Brown, Responses, Q11–14: How to read the Bible

>Interpreting Ancient Manuscripts (very helpful)

>Manuscript

>Synoptic solutions (found on The NT Gateway)

>Study Guide 3

>Study Guide 4

>Study Guide 5


>Take an ethics survey

>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 3

Literary &
historical matters

>Translation comparison

>Basic Synoptic solutions

>Synoptic solutions (found on The NT Gateway)
>The Case Against Q (see 10 Reasons to Question Q)

>From Jesus to Christ

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>Chalcedonian definition

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)
>Chronology (info & links)

>The Diatessaron (also Diatessaron)

>Jesus & Superman? (scroll all the way down to see the comparison)

>C. S. Lewis: historical Jesus
>+Brown, Responses, Q15–17: Church guidance; Q18–22: Why read the Bible
>+Brown: Responses, Q45–60, 69–78

>Video: “From Jesus to Christ,” pt.3: Jesus in the Gospels (AV; very good for review)


>Study Guide 6

>Study Guide 7

>Study Guide 8


>Study Guide 24

>Study Guide 25

>Study Guide 26

>Development of the canon

>Chronology (info & links)


>Tips for writing papers

Week 4


Mark

>"Immediately"

>From Jesus to Christ

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>+Brown, Responses, Q23–27: Is the Bible literally true; Q28–30: Biblical criticism


>Study Guide 9

>Study Guide 10

>Study Guide 11

Week 5


Matthew

>O Little Town of Nazareth?

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny, interesting & instructive)

>The Case Against Q (see 10 Reasons to Question Q)

>From Jesus to Christ

>The Diatessaron

>+Brown, Responses, Q31–33: Biblical fundamentalism; pp. 137–42; Q34–37: How literally true is the NT


>Study Guide 12

>Study Guide 13

>Study Guide 14

>Study Guide 15


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 6


Luke

>The Case Against Q (see 10 Reasons to Question Q)

>O Little Town of Nazareth

>From Jesus to Christ

>The Diatessaron

>Redaction & hermeneutics (funny & instructive)

>Reflections on the Cotton Patch Version

>Chalcedonian definition

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)

>The "Parable of the Good Samaritan" with a humorous twist

>+Brown, Responses, Q38–44: The Gospels; Q45–51 Jesus' words and deeds


>Study Guide 16

>Study Guide 17

>Study Guide 18

>Study Guide 19


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 7


John

>Quiz

>Jesus in Synoptics & Jn

>From Jesus to Christ

>The Diatessaron

>Jesus & Superman? (scroll all the way down to see the comparison)

>Chalcedonian definition

>Chalcedonian definition (excerpts)

>+Brown, Responses, Q52–53: Jesus' resurrection; Q54–60: Jesus' birth

>Study Guide 20

>Study Guide 21

>Study Guide 22

>Study Guide 23


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 8


Acts

>+Brown, Responses, Q61–68: Mary (esp. of interest to Roman Catholics); Q69–76: Jesus' knowledge

>From Jesus to Christ

>Study Guide 27

>Study Guide 28

Week 9


Paul

>+Brown, Responses, Q77–78: Foundation of the church; Q79–85: The sacraments

>From Jesus to Christ


>Video: “From Jesus to Christ,” pt. 2: Apostle Paul and His Message (AV; very good for review)


>Study Guide 29

>Study Guide 30

>Study Guide 31


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 10


Paul

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

>C. S. Lewis: historical Jesus

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

>Resurrection

>+Brown, Responses, Q86–88: Early Christians and the Jews; Q89–92: Early Church administration

Week 11


Paul

>+Brown, Responses, Q93–96: Who celebrated the eucharist; Q97–100: Peter and the popes


>Study Guide 32

>Study Guide 33


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 12


Pastorals &

Catholic letters

>+Brown, Responses, Q101: How much has the church changed; 137–42 (esp. of interest to Roman Catholics)

>Study Guide: Heb


Week 13


Catholic letters &

Revelation

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

>Study Guide: James

>Study Guide: Rev


>Tips for writing papers

>Propaganda Alert & Questions to Ask (NB: helpful for reading texts & writing research papers)

Week 14

>Study Guide: Gabler, Meyer

>Study Guide 40


>+Brown, Responses: Q1–10, 19–27

Final week