Course Description and Credit Hours:

Introduction to the Hellenistic world of early Christianity, examining the early traditions about Jesus that were organized into the Gospels and the letters of Paul. HU, 3 Credit Hours

Check out our course page here: Spring 2019.

Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, successful students will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify the principle methods advanced by the historical-critical approach to Biblical Studies.
  2. Recognize the various writing genres presented in the New Testament.
  3. Identify the rhetorical strategies of the different epistle and gospel writers.
  4. Describe how the New Testament is structured and how this is related to the structure of the Hebrew Bible.
  5. Explain the development of Hebrew Bible material in the New Testament
  6. Explain the historical spread of Christianity beyond the confines of Palestine during the first century (CE).

Course Materials

New Revised Standard Version The Harper Collins Study Bible

The HarperCollins Study Bible: NRSV, Fully Revised and Updated, ed. Harold W. Attridge (San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2006).

This scholarly study Bible will act as our course standard. You are responsible for reading not only the main text, but also the critical commentary at the beginning of each chapter and in the footnotes.

Into the World of the New Testament Book Cover. It has a Greek inscription with iconography of fish and anchors.

Daniel Lynwood Smith, Into the World of the New Testament: Greco-Roman and Jewish Texts and Contexts (New York: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2015).

This book provides a look into the broader world in which the New Testament took shape. You’ll be using this as a resource to help you tie together the geography and history with the literature.

The front page of the website, Bible Odyssey

Created by the Society of Biblical Literature, this web resource contains brief articles, videos, images, and bibliographies for those interested in the academic study of the Bible. We’ll use this to supplement our textbook.

Interactive Notebook Assignments

The following pages will guide you through course readings and help you engage the material so that you’ll be prepared for clad discussion and activities.