RELI 104: Introduction to New Testament Literature

This course introduces students to the literature of the New Testament and to the faith of the early Christian communities. The study focuses on Jewish and Greco-Roman background, the proclamation of the early church, the development of the gospel traditions, the life and ministry of Jesus, the ministry and theology of Paul, developments during the post-Pauline era, and the literature of the Johannine circle.

Required Texts:

  • Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 5th edition, ISBN 978-0199757534
  • Ehrman, The New Testament and Other Early Christian Writings: A Reader, 2nd edition (2003), ISBN 978-0195154641

Optional Texts/Materials:

    • Coogan (ed.), The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Edition, 4th edition (2010), ISBN 978-0195289602.

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