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The New Testament is an anthology of some of the earliest traditions and teachings of the Christian community. This course samples some of the books in this anthology, focusing primarily on the stories of Jesus and the political context of the gospel message. Since this is the New Testament core course, it is an introduction not only to the New Testament but also to the disciplines of academic inquiry in general and biblical study in particular. Brown's introductory section and the various readings on method will provide orientation to critical study, and from there we will work with the basic tools of New Testament exegesis in class (concordance, synopsis, biblical commentaries, Bible dictionaries, journal abstracts), so that you can use them fruitfully in your final exegetical research paper and your ministry. This course will also introduce you to the library itself, and its online resources, as lifelong tools for biblical study. The course privileges Catholic perspectives on the interpretation of scripture in the life of the Church, perspectives that amplify the voice of the poor and marginalized as we reflect on what the "good news" might mean today.

Program & Course Learning Objectives

The GPPM Program learning objectives for the core New Testament course stipulate that, by the end of this course, you will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the New Testament according to the following competencies (GPPM Objective 1.A):

    1. Summarize principles of Catholic and academic biblical interpretation (quiz#1, class 2).

    2. Describe the overall structure, peculiar purpose, literary genre, theological themes and probable audience for one gospel (quiz #2, class 6).

    3. Use the basic tools for biblical exegesis, namely the concordance, synopsis, commentary, biblical or theological dictionary, New Testament Abstracts and the ATLA Religion Database (Exercises 2, 3, 4 & 5; Exegetical Research Paper).

    4. Identify and apply the definition, steps, assumptions, goals, and limitations of two critical exegetical methods (Exercises 1, 3 & 6; Exegetical Research Paper).

  2. Integrate the perspective of the poor and marginalized in your reflection on theological and pastoral issues (Exercise #7; Exegetical Research Paper; GPPM Objective 4.B).

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The tabs at the left guide you to course resources.  Use them to access assignment directions, readings on Camino or Library Reserve, schedules, the Synoptic Workbook, and research tools throughout the quarter, as needed.  The Class Notes pages provide links to the slides presented in class.

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