Course weekly blog posts: assignment revised

BLOG MODIFICATION, as of October 15, 2015: Modifications indicated by blue text. The class is divided into four groups, A, B, C, D.  See the syllabus schedule for which assignment your group has each week. Tuesday Readers:  Tuesday Readers post a critical response to the course readings that are due on Tuesday and post it as a […]

Jesus as Demon Fighter in Mark: 2015 Sample Close Reading

This post fulfills a course assignment to provide a close reading of a passage in the New Testament. Mark 1:1-20 The Gospel of Mark opens with the most basic statement of who Mark believes Jesus to be:  the “Son of God” and the “Christ” or messiah.   Jesus’s status as God’s son is emphasized several times in […]

Sec 02 What We Want to learn

History behind the bible — trying to separate fact from fiction. Learn how Christianity came about a better understanding of Christian teachings in the context of the culture how the different churches of Christianity came to be original perceptions people had about Christianity differences between Christianity and Catholicism strain on relationship between Jews and the […]

What sec 1 students want to learn this semester

How are religious texts used?  Some come from a higher being, some are written by humans, some are added to.  How are they interpreted?  How are they viewed? What are the origins of Christianity? Interested in exploring this topic with people who are challenging the views we came into the class holding.  Our previous experience […]

Making a Quicklink to a Bible passage in Oremus.org (or any site)

If you are not sure how to make a “quick link” to a bible passage in your blog post, here are some instructions.  Note: you can do this with any URL (any link to any website), not just Oremus. 1. Go to Oremus.org and search for the passage you’re citing. (Use the NRSV translation, not […]

Jesus as Demon Fighter in Mark: Sample Close Reading

Mark 1:1-20 The Gospel of Mark opens with the most basic statement of who Mark believes Jesus to be:  the “Son of God” and the “Christ” or messiah.   Jesus’s status as God’s son is emphasized several times in the passage, demonstrating its significance for understanding who Jesus is.  During Jesus’ baptism, God the father directly […]

Gospel of Mark in Voyant

I dumped an NRSV translation of the Gospel of Mark into Voyant. It appears that Voyant won’t let me increase the number of words in the wordcloud. Here’s a link to the entire word frequency list:  http://voyant-tools.org/tool/CorpusTypeFrequenciesGrid/?corpus=1391047797876.2870&stopList=&extendedSortZscoreMinimum=&query= Here is the wordcloud without a stop word list: