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Unformatted text preview: INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY: THE NEW TESTAMENT RELIGIOUS STUDIES 113 SPRING 2008 The New Testament did not produce Christianity. Christianity, on the contrary, produced the New Testament. - Morton Scott Enslin, Christian Beginnings Course Information Time: 113A: Tuesdays, Thursdays 12:00 & 1:20; 113B: 3:00 & 4:20 Location: Stager 320 Instructor: Daniel Washburn Email: [email protected] Office Phone: 358 & 4542 Office Location: Stager 224 Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays 12:00 & 2:00, and by appointment Course Description This course explores the origin and development of Christianity, from its Jewish roots in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth to the middle of the second century C.E., concentrating on a careful and critical reading of early Christian writings with particular attention to those which ultimately came to be included in the New Testament. In its methodology, this course offers a socio-historical and literary introduction to the writings of the earliest Christians. It emphasizes the importance of the historical context of these writings and investigates the ways these texts fit into ancient Mediterranean cultures. Put schematically, the students¡ task is threefold: 1. to recognize precisely what the texts do and do not say; 2. to situate these texts in their social and intellectual milieux; 3. to engage with scholarly approaches to the problems and questions generated by the earliest Christian movement. Required Texts The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha, Augmented Third Edition, College Edition, New Revised Standard Version (Paperback)¢Yes, this text is a required purchase, even if you already own a copy of the Bible. Bart Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings , 4 th Ed. John Gager, Reinventing Paul . Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers . Requirements and Grading RST 113 & Syllabus 1 Students will be graded based on their performance in &pop¡ (i.e. unannounced) quizzes, midterm and final exams, papers, and class participation. Quizzes: These will deal with the readings assigned for that day of class and will test students merely on content, not on original interpretation. I will hand out the quiz at the beginning of class and collect it after five or ten minutes, not allotting extra time to those who appear late. class and collect it after five or ten minutes, not allotting extra time to those who appear late....
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- Spring '08
- New Testament, Ehrman, Early Christian writings, Superapostles Ehrman