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Biblical Literature: New Testament

Course NumberLIT 246W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionA critical study of the literature of the New Testament with some attention given to the Inter-Testamental literature. The literature will be studied in terms of its historical development. Some attention will be given to the canonization of the New Testament, to the different literary styles and to the theological and ethical ideas. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Distinguish between the four gospels and the letters in the New Testament
Objectives:
  1. Cite different examples and traits of these works.
  2. Explain the elements of these different types.

Recognize some of the cultural/historical sources that affect New Testament literature
Objectives:
  1. Cite differences of place and time, and how those shaped the writings and ideas.
  2. Compare the world of the New Testament to the contemporary world.

Identify the distinguishing features in the synoptic gospels from selected New Testament readings.
Objectives:
  1. Paraphrase narratives in class discussion.
  2. Identify and discuss purposes in the respective versions.

Analyze the New Testament for dominant themes and motifs.
Objectives:
  1. Identify details gained from close reading of various sections in the New Testament, and present those in discussion.
  2. Compose an interpretation of a specific book in writing.

Identify and define metaphysical issues based on their understanding of the New Testament.
Objectives:
  1. Discuss such issues as the nature of the Messiah.
  2. Address these issues in writing while incorporating and citing particular evidence from the New Testament literature.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
Objectives:
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.




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