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Religious Studies Department, SCU
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The results of reading a text depend upon the questions one brings to the reading. This course explores select New Testament books through five different types of questions or critical methods: literary criticism (Gospel of Mark), redaction or editorial criticism (the relationship of the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark and Luke), rhetorical criticism (Letter to the Romans, Letter to the Galatians), social-scientific criticism (Letter to James, Letter to Philemon), and feminist criticism (First Letter to the Corinthians, First and Second Letters to Timothy, Gospel of Mary). Through your close reading of the texts and of the various theories of criticism, your active role in the process of reading and interpretation will be exposed and illuminated, so that your reading of any text will hopefully become more sophisticated.

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