This course explores the various historical and religious factors that gave rise to the writing and editing of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) in their Jewish and Greco-Roman context. Topics include the relationships of the Christian Scriptures to the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament), Paul's theology, the emerging church community and current academic methods of scriptural interpretation. Overlap: RELS 303 Introduction to Christian Scriptures (the new Testament).
- Know and analyze academic methods of scriptural interpretation.
- Know historical and religious factors contributing to the rise of the writing and editing of the Christian Scriptures.
- Know the Jewish and Greco-Roman context in relation to the writing of the Scriptures including Pauls theology and the emerging church community.
- Understand and recognize the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Scriptures.
- Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
- Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
- Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
- Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
- Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.