Objectives

After this course, you will have basic biblical literacy in the New Testament to understand many biblical references and themes in contemporary culture, politics, and the news.

Formally, this means that upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the significance of people and events important to the development of the New Testament and Christian origins
  • Identify and explain major themes of each New Testament text and significant, contemporaneous extra-canonical texts
  • Identify and explain issues of authorship, reading communities, and social-historical context for each New Testament text
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, religious, and social context of Christian origins in the early Roman Empire
  • Demonstrate an understanding of early Christian communities’ relationships with Jews, pagans, and other Christians
  • Apply critical reading skills to primary sources from antiquity and secondary sources about antiquity
  • Apply methods of scholarly biblical interpretation to New Testament texts and evaluate these methods critically
  • Write critical-analytical essays based on close-readings of early Christian sources
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