09:00 AM to 10:15 AM TR
Krug Hall 19
Section Information for Fall 2019
Are the canonical gospels in the New Testament historically reliable? Who was Jesus and what did he teach? How have the Christian scriptures been interpreted through the ages? Is there a correct or standard set of methods used to accurately and fairly interpret these texts? What is the difference between pre-modern and modern methods of interpretation and are they compatible with each other? What is the relationship between the Jewish scriptures and the New Testament? These are some of the questions addressed in this course while focusing on a close reading of the gospels themselves.
This course will serve as an academic introduction to the historical figure of Jesus and his teachings as presented by the four canonical gospels and, in an auxiliary manner, extra-canonical writings and the normative Christian tradition. Using both ancient and modern methods of interpretation within the broad Christian tradition, this course will study the canonical gospels in depth from historical, literary, and theological perspectives. Roughly the first third of the course will be an introduction to the principles of Christian biblical interpretation while the second two-thirds will be taken up with applying these to a close reading of the canonical gospels. While utilizing modern methods of interpretation, the emphasis of the course will be on pre-modern and therefore pre-Reformation reading of Scripture, and thus primarily on the Catholic and Orthodox interpretative tradition.