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Introduction to the New Testament (3 cr.)
REL-A 220
MTWRF 8:10-9:25 - 6W2

The course provides an historical introduction to the texts contained in the collection of Christian literature commonly called the New Testament. While these works eventually became considered Scripture (often very soon after their composition) and thereby foundational to the directions of later Christian traditions, our investigation will be limited to the religious and cultural contours of these writings within the historical context of the first and second century Mediterranean world. The student should emerge from this course with a basic knowledge of the historical context of each New Testament writing as well as the basic religious and literary themes prevalent within each one. The student can expect to read all 27 books of the New Testament as well as some other writings from ancient Christianity and some secondary literature (textbook and readings on Oncourse).