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HUMANITIES COLLOQUIUM: THE SYNOPTIC GOSPELS SYLLABUS, SPRING 2009 Course HNRS 3030.1 Humanities Colloquium: The Synoptic Gospels. Wednesday 6:00-9:00 PM. Tureaud 116. Religious Studies majors may request REL credit for this course. Instructor Dr. Delbert Burkett. Office: 123 Coates Hall. Mailbox: 106 Coates. Email: . Office hours: MWF 9:30-10:30 or by appointment. Course Description We will examine the "Synoptic Gospels," i.e., the first three gospels of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), from literary and historical perspectives. This course will introduce some of the critical methods by which scholars study these writings within the discipline of academic biblical studies. It will also familiarize students with the scholarly tools and resources that facilitate the study of these gospels. The course will focus on the distinctive characteristics of each gospel as well as the relations between them. Course requirements will emphasize helping students to develop their writing skills both generally and with respect to the discipline of academic biblical studies. Required Texts A Bible or New Testament. I recommend the HarperCollins Study Bible . Mark Allan Powell. Fortress Introduction to the Gospels (Fortress Press, 1998). David Rhoads, Joanna Dewey, and Donald Michie. Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (2d ed.; Fortress, 1999). John Dominic Crossan, Who Killed Jesus? (HarperOne, 1996). Optional Delbert Burkett, An Introduction to the New Testament and the Origins of Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2002). Course Requirements Homework essays . For 13 of our class meetings, I have listed essay topics. For 10 of these meetings, you will write a short essay and bring it to class prepared to discuss it. Prior to class, you will read the assigned selection and write your essay on one of the topics listed for that class. Each essay should be 2-3 pages, typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. Each essay will be due on the day that we discuss that topic in class. I will not accept late essays. If you write less than 10 essays, you will receive a grade of zero for each of the 10
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essays that you do not turn in. If you write more than 10 essays, I will drop your lowest essay grade or grades. Attendance . I will send around a sign-in sheet at every class meeting. Be sure to sign it. Final essay . At the end of the semester, you will write a 2-3 page essay summarizing what you have learned in this class. You will bring it to class on the day scheduled for the final exam. Be prepared to discuss it at that time. Grading Grades are based on a ten-point scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), F (below 60) homework essays 85% attendance 10% final essay 05% Moodle The LSU online program “Moodle” can be accessed from your PAWS desktop. In Moodle you can find the course syllabus and your grades, as they are posted. Exegetical essays
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