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DR 1044 / DR 1544
THE FOUNDERS OF CHRISTIANITY: INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT.
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor S Mason

Pre-requisite(s): None.

Note(s): This course will be available as DR 1044 in 2012/13.

The New Testament is a small library of 27 texts, produced by followers of Jesus in the period A.D. 30 to 120 or so, which has had a unique impact on Western civilization. This course explores such issues as these: the formation of the New Testament collection; the NT manuscripts that have reached us, and the problems of establishing the "correct" text and translation; criteria for establishing the authorship and chronology of the texts; what Paul's letters reveal about both his self-understanding and that of other groups in the first Christian generation; what the gospels and Acts reveal about unity and diversity in the second generation and possibly later; what other NT writings and texts that did not find a place in this collection have to say about these issues. Since these texts hint at the complex relations between the new groups of Christ's followers, on the one hand, and both Jewish and Graeco-Roman society on the other, those questions also arise in a preliminary way.

2 one-hour lectures and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: 1 one-hour exam (50%); Continuous assessment; one essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words (50%).

The exam may be taken only if each item of coursework is submitted and assessed at CAS 6 or above.

Resit: 1 one-hour exam (100%)
The resit exam may be taken only if each item of coursework is submitted and assessed at CAS 6 or above.