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HIS 114 - History of the New Testament

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course provides a survey of New Testament texts, beliefs and religious practices that shaped early Christianity. Writings will be explored in context of literary style and historical contexts as well as theological meaning.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of hermeneutics and literary criticism and why these are important for modern, scientific and historical investigation.
  2. Discuss what is meant by “Synoptic Gospel” (and identify which books are understood as the Synoptic Gospels), the “Priority of Mark” and “Q” (Quelle, the Source).
  3. Explain the importance of the book of “John” for the full evolution of Christian thought.
  4. Discuss the relevance, content and historical development of the thoughts of Paul.
  5. Review the development of the earliest era of the Christian Church.
  6. Describe the genre of “Apocalyptic.”
Listed Topics
  1. Hermeneutics, exegesis and literary criticism
  2. The importance of true meaning of “Myth” in the development of christian thought
  3. The Importance and relevance of “Story” and “Parable” in the development of christian thought
  4. The Synoptic Gospels and “Acts”
  5. The Book of John
  6. Paul, the Pauline Letters and the Letters from/to others
  7. Apocalyptic literature
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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