Course Details

RELG 162: Jesus, the Bible, and Christian Beginnings

This course introduces students to the diverse literature and theologies of the New Testament and to the origins and social worlds of early Christianity. Possible topics include: Jesus and his message; Paul and women's spiritual authority; non-canonical gospels (Mary, Thomas, Judas, etc.); relations between Christians and Jews in the first century; and conflict with empire. Attention is given to the interpretation of New Testament texts in their ancient historical setting, and to the various ways contemporary scholars and groups interpret the New Testament as a source for theological reflection.
6 credits; HI, WR2, IS; Not offered 2019-2020