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Spring 2013/Sacramento

NE567

Rodgers

NE567: THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Peter R. Rodgers.


DESCRIPTION: An exegetical and thematic study of the Book of Acts (English Text) will give special attention to the historical setting of Acts, its literary and theological character, and its value for the ministry and mission of the church today.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The Book of Acts is widely regarded as a blueprint for the life mission and ministry of the church. The course will evaluate the historical and contemporary significance of Acts.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing the course will have demonstrated that they:1. have a knowledge and understanding of The Book of Acts, its literary features, the historical and cultural situation in which Acts was written, and the way it illustrates works of its genre; 2. can offer an exegesis of passages from Acts in light of a range of appropriate interpretive approaches, including ones that take account of the diversity of contexts from which the text can be read; 3. have articulated some reflection on the significance of this part of the Bible for their discipleship and ministry.

COURSE FORMAT: This course meets weekly. Sessions will include lectures, discussion, evaluation of reading material and student presentations on assigned topics.

REQUIRED READING:

Eckhard, Schnabel. Acts in the Zondervan Exegetical commentary of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. ISBN: 978-0310243670. List Price: $59.99.

Wright, N.T. Acts for Everyone, Chapters 1-12, Part 1. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0664227951. List Price: $16.

___________. Acts for Everyone, Chapters 13-29, Part 2. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0664227968. List Price: $16.

RECOMMENDED READING:

Additional commentaries by Darrel L. Bock, F.F. Bruce, C.K. Barrett, Joseph A. Fitzmyer, and Ben Witherington III.

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

  1. Attendance and participation in class. 20%
  2. A book review of Wright, Acts for Everyone (5 pp.). 20%
  3. A final exegesis paper (15 pp.). 60%

PREREQUISITES: None.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div: Elective; M.A.T. NTBK

FINAL EXAMINATION: No.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.