REL 352: Final exam (see schedule below)
NB: may be revised (if so, only slightly)—last revised 10 Nov 2004
The final exam will be an oral examination covering the entire semester, including terms on the terms list and the questions listed below. You will be permitted to pass on 1 question only. You may be asked to pursue one question in depth and relate it to other issues or texts covered in the course, or we may cover 2 or more questions as time allows.
If you wish, during the exam you may use any books you bring with you, including the Bible (NB: no preparatory notes). Caveat: time will be very precious.
The evaluation of your responses will follow the A–F scale as stipulated in the syllabus.
For a C (satisfactory), you need to demonstrate your general knowledge of the topics covered by the questions with as much detail as you can remember.
For a B (superior), you need to demonstrate 1) your mastery of some relevant terminology and 2) your ability to make connections between the questions and other related topics covered during the semester (e.g., other biblical, historical, or theological issues).
For an A (outstanding), you need to demonstrate mastery of details related to the questions (e.g., biblical passages, people, places, historical events, technical or theological terms).
The more details, (biblical) examples, and terms you include in your responses, the better.
Questions you should be ready to answer:
What is the Synoptic Problem and its significance for the historical Jesus research?
Explain the 2-source hypothesis and its significance for the historical Jesus research. Be able to discuss the significance of Q for understanding Jesus.
Explain the Griesbach hypothesis and its significance for the historical Jesus research.
Compare the birth narratives in Mt and Lk. What is their significance for the historical Jesus research?
Compare the sermon on the mount in Mt and parallel materials in Lk. What is their significance for the historical Jesus research?
Discuss the assessment of the Gospel According to John in the historical Jesus research.
Discuss the assessment of the Gospel According to Thomas in the historical Jesus research.
Discuss the 4 either-or's in Schweitzer, as well as his conclusions regarding the historical Jesus research.
What is the significance of Schweitzer for the historical Jesus research?
Explain Bultmann's demythologization and its significance for the historical Jesus research.
What is the Jesus Seminar and its significance for the historical Jesus research.
Discuss Crossan's methodology and its significance for the historical Jesus research.
Discuss Johnson's (main) concerns about contemporary Jesus research, esp. that of the Jesus Seminar. What does he mean by the "real Jesus"?
What is meant by "faith and history" with regard to the historical Jesus research? Discuss Meyer's (main) points regarding faith and history with regard to the New Testament.
Please be there on time (i.e., slightly before your scheduled time).
Wednesday, 15 Dec 2004