ACABS 122 - Introduction to the New Testament
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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This course will explore the writings of early Christianity known as the New Testament. We will consider the historical contexts of these documents, their diverse literary forms and theological interests, and their importance for understanding the origins of Christianity. We will especially be concerned with placing these documents within the varied social and religious contexts of the Greco-Roman world. The specific aims of this course are to provide a general introduction to the writings of the New Testament, and in the process to consider how these texts shed light on the complex cultural and religious experiences that shaped early Christianity. After beginning with a general overview of the course, touching on methodology, sources, and the canonization process, we will consider the origins and expansion of the Jesus movement within the broader Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts (Part 1). Following this, we will carefully examine the literature of the New Testament, from the writings of the apostle Paul and the later Pauline tradition (Part 2), through the distinct portraits of Jesus that emerge in the various gospels (Part 3), to the remaining 'general' epistles and the Apocalypse of John (Part 4), to the non-canonical sources, e.g., gospels, acts, letters, apocalypses, etc. (Part 5). Time permitting, lectures may include an occasional film documentary of the life of the historical Jesus and/or field trips to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and the U-M Department of Papyrology.

ACABS 122 - Introduction to the New Testament
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201 (LEC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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