NS501: Winter 2012
NS501: NEW TESTAMENT 2: ROMANS–REVELATION (4 units). Richard J. Erickson
This course introduces the nature, structure, and message of the New Testament documents from Romans to Revelation in their historical, literary, and canonical contexts and considers their relevance to subsequent socio-cultural contexts. The course is a companion to (though independent of) NS500, which introduces the four Gospels and Acts.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:
The life of early Christianity, as reflected in the New Testament documents from Romans to Revelation, provides not only a record of the effect that Jesus Christ had on a portion of the first-century Mediterranean world, but also the authoritative basis for perpetual, thoughtful reassessment of the theology and practice of contemporary Christian faith.
A student successfully completing this course will be able to (1) demonstrate familiarity with the historical background, genre, content, structure, and message of the writings from Romans through Revelation; (2) demonstrate skill in the interpretation of these writings as appropriate for effective leadership in various contexts; and (3) articulate the character of the NT letters and the Apocalypse of John as witnesses to the significance of Jesus Christ for the life and mission of his church.
The ten weekly meetings in classroom amount to 30 hours, supplemented by online activities conducted via Moodle. The course involves reading, research, writing, and interactive exercises and discussion, in class and online.
REQUIRED READING (List of recommended reading provided in the syllabus):
Careful reading of all twenty-two New Testament documents, Romans through Revelation, in either the TNIV or the NRSV. [c. 180 pp.]
deSilva, David A. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods, and Ministry Formation. IVP, 2004. [pp. 29-143, 449-932 (=610 pp.)]. ISBN-13: 978-0830827466. Pub. Price: $50.00.
Orobator, Agbonkhianmeghe E. Theology Brewed in an African Pot. Orbis, 2008. [162 pp.] ISBN-13: 978-1570757952. Pub. Price: $20.00.
Yinger, Kent L. The New Perspective on Paul: An Introduction. Cascade Books, 2011. [120 pp.] ISBN: 978-1608994632. Pub. Price: $16.00.
Articles on eReserve by (or about) J. Dunn, K. Essex, D. Hagner, B. Metzger, P. Payne, B. Rossing.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Reading of all assigned material, subject to four bi-weekly online quizzes (20%)
2. Short weekly exercises and threaded online discussion, based on and designed to aid comprehension of assigned reading (20%)
3. Two short research papers (1200 words each, maximum) (30%)
4. One longer research paper (2500 words, maximum) (30%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in New Testament 2 (NT2); meets MAT (2010) program requirement; Ministry Focus Elective in MA in Global Leadership program.
FINAL EXAMINATION: No.