New Testament Interpretation

REL501
Fall 2016
MWF 9:30-10:20
Area: 
Area I
MDIV Requirements: 
New Testament
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is a two-semester introduction to the literature of the New Testament and to the methods and resources useful for interpreting that literature. Semester one will focus on the Gospels and Acts; semester two, the Pauline letters, pastoral and catholic epistles, and the Apocalypse of John.

The year long course also highlights the living character of NT traditions for various communities, in distinct venues and modes, in different times and locales. Over the course of the year, we hope to 3) provide guidance in the art and methods of “exegesis,” broadly conceived; 4) nurture students’ sensitivity to the importance of social location in the interpretation of Christian scripture; and 5) introduce students to distinct modes of reading the New Testament. Semester one introduces students to basic exegetical skills and tools of historical interpretation; that skill base is expanded in semester two to other modes of interpretation.

Background Expected: 

None

Course Requirements: 

2 short reflections papers, one longer paper; mid-term and final exams

Basis of Evaluation: 

The criteria for assigning grades are technical competence, care in handling primary and secondary sources, learning, insight, and creativity.