New Testament History and Literature
A historical study of the origins of Christianity by analyzing the literature of the earliest Christian movements in historical context, concentrating on the New Testament. The course does not attempt a theological appropriation of the New Testament as scripture.
Rather, the importance of the New Testament and other early Christian documents as ancient literature and as sources for historical study will be emphasized. A central organizing theme of the course will focus on the differences within early Christianity (-ies).
Lectures included in the playlist above:
- Introduction: Why Study the New Testament?
- From Stories to Canon
- The Greco-Roman World
- Judaism in the First Century
- The New Testament as History
- The Gospel of Mark
- The Gospel of Matthew
- The Gospel of Thomas
- The Gospel of Luke
- The Acts of the Apostles
- Johannine Christianity: The Gospel
- Johannine Christianity: The Letters
- The Historical Jesus
- Paul as Missionary
- Paul as Pastor
- Paul as Jewish Theologian
- Paul’s Disciples
- Arguing with Paul?
- The “Household” Paul: The Pastorals
- The “Anti-household” Paul: Thecla
- Interpreting Scripture: Hebrews
- Interpreting Scripture: Medieval Interpretations
- Apocalyptic and Resistance
- Apocalyptic and Accommodation
- Ecclesiastical Institutions: Unity, Martyrs, and Bishops
- The “Afterlife” of the New Testament and Postmodern Interpretation