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    Jun 25, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

REL 1220 - The New Testament in Contemporary Contexts

Goals: Students will develop their skills as interpreters by encountering the texts of the New Testament in their contexts - and through contemporary and ancient case studies. As global citizens, students will confront the ways diverse groups of people across the ages have interpreted and deployed scripture to fit the needs of their day.

Content: What is the Christian New Testament, how did it come to be, and how has it been used? How could a single set of texts be formative for civil rights leaders and segregationists alike, for queer persons and fundamentalists, for radical environmentalists and free-market capitalists, for the historically orthodox as well as heretics, and what can the worldviews of ancient Hellenism and Judaism teach us about the problems we face today? This course will explore the content and formation of the New Testament using the methods of historical-critical analysis.

Credits: 4