CONSULTATION: I welcome the opportunity to talk
with you about your academic and research interests before or after class,
during my office hours, or at other times by
appointment. I really do welcome your feedback
at any time, especially any suggestions about how to make the class a more
fruitful experience for you.
Lectures will be based on the assumption that students have basic knowledge
of the New Testament and of key historical events of that period (e.g., the
birth and death of Jesus, first Jewish-Roman War, destruction of the Second
Temple). The first session will provide a rapid review of these events to
refresh your memory, but it will not give enough background for students with
no prior exposure to the New Testament. If you are concerned about your background
knowledge, please consult the NT surveys indicated in the list of recommended
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: It goes without saying that students
are expected to submit their own original work. This includes properly citing
not only direct and indirect quotations, but any ideas you learn from other
sources--including Scriptural ones. I am glad to work with anyone who
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY includes preparing the assigned readings
before each class meeting, actively participating in class discussions, and
submitting written work on time. It is expected that all assignments be completed
in order to receive a passing grade for this course. See the Course
Schedule for further details
ATTENDANCE is expected at every class meeting,
and excess unexcused absences will have a seriously deleterious affect upon
the final course grade. See
this page for further details. An absence from class does not constitute
an extension on any assignment; this would need to be negotiated independently
of the question of attendance. Late assignments will be docked one letter
grade for each calendar day they are overdue.
Preparation, Participation, and Attentiveness)
reviews of two recent, English-language, exegetical articles (or one foreign-language
article, or one book) on on a topic pertinent to your serninar research project
(350–500 words for an article or book chapter, 600–800 words for
a book). One of these reviews will be presented in class (see next item).
presentation of one of your critical reviews (5–7 minutes)
05% Peer review
of another student's second draft
05% Oral response
(5–7 minutes) to another student's project presentation
10% Class presentation
of your course project
research project or Site
study. See here
for details on grading. The final Critique
Form is available for your review
BOOKS & RESOURCES
RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Students with
limited background in Second Testament study are encouraged to consult one
or more of the following introductions:
- The Bible! Yes, it is true, we actually will read the three synoptic gospels
and other pertinent Biblical materials. The best available English editions
are: The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha (NRSV), the Oxford
Study Bible (REB), and the Catholic Study Bible (NAB).
- A Gospel synopsis. My suggestion is Funk's New Gospel Parallels
(vol. 1: Mt, Mk, Lk), if you can find a used copy. Other choices are: the
ABS Synopsis of the Four Gospels (If you are adventurous, they also
have a Greek Synopsis, the Synopsis Quatuor Evangeliorum); and Throckmorton's
Gospel Parallels (Mt, Mk, Lk). Alternatively, The Five Gospels
(which includes the four canonical gospels and GThomas) is a good
option if you are interested in the "historical Jesus" question.
- A recent commentary on one of the synoptic gospels.
REFERENCE TOOLS: these will come in handy for the research
papers and class discussions.
- Raymond E. Brown. An Introduction to the New Testament.
New York: Doubleday, 1999.
- Raymond Collins, Introduction to the New Testament. New York:
- David L. Dungan, A History of the Synoptic Problem: the canon,
the text, the composition, and the interpretation of the Gospels.
New York : Doubleday, 1999.
- Helmut Koester, Introduction to the New Testament. Berlin:
Walter de Gruyter, 1982; two vols.
- Bruce Malina and Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Social-Science Commentary
on the Synoptic Gospels. Augsburg Fortress, 1999?
- Bo Reicke, The Roots of the Synoptic Gospels. 1986.
- Bo Reicke, "The history of the synoptic discussion." In
The Interrelations of the Gospels. Louvain : Leuven University
Press, 1990. Pp. 291–316.
- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation.
New York: Crossroad/Continuum, 2000.
- Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, In Memory of Her (New York:
Crossroad, 1984, 1994).
- Raymond Brown & John Meier, Antioch & Rome: New Testament
Cradles of Catholic Christianity (New York/Ramsey: Paulist, 1983).
- Erwin Nestle and Kurt Aland, eds. Novum Testamentum Graece; 26th
ed. Stuttgart: German Bible Society, 1987.
- Bruce M. Metzger, ed. A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament.
London/New York: United Bible Societies, 1975.
- Dr. McGinn's Synoptic Gospels Web Resources
- Various and sundry commentaries on the gospels are available. Select
one or two and follow them along with the class discussions.