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Spring 2013/Seattle

NS501

Charette

NS501: NEW TESTAMENT 2: ROMANS-REVELATION. Blaine Charette.


DESCRIPTION: This course is the second of a two-course sequence [NS500/NS501] designed to provide a basic introduction to the books of the New Testament. In addition to essential matters of introduction, the course will examine 1) the literary character and theological contents of these documents, 2) their historical and cultural setting, and 3) important topics related to the life and ministry in early Christian communities.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: The biblical documents under examination in this course are of fundamental importance and great usefulness to the life and ministry of the church. Although "occasional" in nature, these writings, as scripture, speak with authority and purpose to Christians of any time or place. The careful "listener" should be able to develop specific applications of the teaching contained in these books to various areas of ministry such as worship, preaching, pastoral care, and spiritual formation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated that they (1) are familiar with the historical background, genre, content, structure, and message of the writings from Romans through Revelation; (2) have skill in the interpretation of these writings as appropriate for effective leadership in various contexts; and (3) can articulate the character of the NT letters and of the Apocalypse of John as witnesses to the significance of Jesus Christ for the life and mission of his church.

COURSE FORMAT: Lectures and discussion based on readings from the NT and secondary literature. The course will meet over five Saturdays of six hour sessions.

REQUIRED READING:

Achtemeier, Paul, Joel Green, and Marianne Meye Thompson. Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001. ISBN: 9780802837172. $40.00. (ca. 350 pp.)

Dornisch, Loretta. Paul andThird World Women Theologians. Liturgical Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780814625538. $15.95. (108 pp.)

Hubbard, Moyer V. Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010. ISBN: 9780801046636. $24.99. (270 pp.)

Longenecker, Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003. ISBN: 9780801026072. $17.99. (170 pp.)

Thiselton, Anthony C. The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle’s Life and Thought. IVP, 2010. ISBN: 9780830838813. $20.00. (162 pp.)

Wiles, Virginia. Making Sense of Paul. Peabody MA: Hendrickson, 2000. ISBN: 978156531175. $17.00. (142 pp.)

RECOMMENDED READING:

Bruce, F. F. Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free. Eerdmans, 2000. ISBN: 9780802847782. $28.00.

Dunn, J.D.G. Beginning from Jerusalem. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. ISBN: 9780802839329. $80.00

Ferguson, E. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. 3rd ed. Eerdmans, 1993. ISBN: 9780802822215.

Wright, N. T. Paul in Fresh Perspective. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009. ISBN: 9780800663575. $20.00

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

  1. Readings are to be completed for each class.
  2. A 10 page research paper (40% of grade).
  3. A 5 page review of Thiselton (25% of grade)
  4. A take-home final examination (25% of grade).
  5. Attendance/Class participation (10% of grade)

PREREQUISITES: None.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets M.Div. core: NT2; MAT: NS; MACL: NT.

FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes. Take-home.


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.