COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: RE223
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: MGE
COURSE TITLE: Ancient Christianity
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall II, 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Frank W. Montgomery
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: adjunct
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DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: October 18-December 12, 2004
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Monday & Wednesday
CLASS SESSION TIME: 1645 – 1915
CREDIT HOURS: 3
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A critical exploration of the origination and development of Christianity within the larger historical, cultural, and religious setting of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Particular attention is paid to how early Christians understood Jesus of Nazareth, organized and regulated their churches, and dealt with important religious and social concerns. Significant parts of the New Testament are studied with regard to these matters.
On completion of this course, student should have attained a better awareness of the texts of the New Testament and should be able to demonstrate a basic level of competence in a variety of research methods currently used in the academic study relating the texts to their cultural and historical context.
Students should be able to
Understand how religion has become a problem for
Recognize the significance of the gradual historical
process of canon formation.
Explain the synoptic problem and its modern solution.
Evaluate a variety of modern interpretations of the
Discuss issues involved in determining authentic
letters of Paul.
Compare the accounts of Paul’s experiences in Acts of
the Apostles with those
contained in Paul’s letters.
Discuss early church ritual in terms of the societies
of the time.
David L. Barr, New Testament Story, 3rd edition. Wadsworth.
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COURSE ASSESSMENT: Midterm & final exams, essay, project, short responses to questions in class & textbook, participation in classroom discussion & presentation.
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COURSE TOPICS / DATES / ASSIGNMENTS
Oct. 18 Beginning of term
Oct. 20 The canon. Read: Barr, ch. 14
Oct. 25 Last day of add/drop
Oral/Written Read: Barr, ch. 2
Oct. 27 Intro to Paul Read: NT, “Acts”
Nov. 1 Paul Read: Barr, ch. 3 &
NT, “1 & 2 Thessalonians”
Nov. 3 Paul Read: Barr, ch. 4 &
Nov. 8 Paul Read: Barr, ch. 5 & 6 &
Nov. 10 Midterm exam. Project assigned.
Nov. 12 Last day for partial refund for withdrawal.
Nov. 15 Intro to Gospels Read: Barr, ch. 8
Nov. 17 Mark Project due. Read: Barr, ch. 9 & NT, “Mark”
Nov. 19 Last day for withdrawal
Nov. 22 Mark Read: Barr, ch. 10 &
Nov. 24 Mark Read: Barr, ch. 11 &
Nov. 29 Reaction criticism Read: Barr, ch. 13 &
Dec. 1 Apocalypse Read: Barr, ch. 13 &
Dec. 6 Essays due. Class presentations.
Dec. 8 Final exam.
Dec. 12 End of term.
Examinations two 25 points each
Essay / Presentation one 15/5 points
Project one 15 points
Responses three 5 points each