SRJC Course Outlines

10/22/2020 3:03:30 AMHUMAN 10.2 Course Outline as of Summer 2003

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 10.2Title:  PROPH/NEW TEST LIT  
Full Title:  Prophetic & New Testament Literature
Last Reviewed:5/13/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  HUMAN 10B

Catalog Description:
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A critical and historical exploration of Old Testament prophetic literature and the development of the New Testament with emphasis on the quest of the historical Jesus, Paul and the growth of the Early Church.


Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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A critical & historical exploration of Old Testament prophetic literature & the development of the New Testament with emphasis on the quest of the historical Jesus, Paul & the growth of the Early Church.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Not Certificate/Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1.  Account for the foreign and sometimes difficult structure of
   biblical narrative.
2.  Distinguish between the assumptions and hermeneutic techniques of
   traditional biblical exegesis and the methodology and conclusions of
   modern biblical criticism.
3.  Delineate critically and aesthetically the distinctive portraits of
   the life and teachings of Jesus in the Gospel accounts.
4.  Describe and explain the contribution of Paul to the growth of the
   early Church over and against the complex cultural background of the
   Hellenistic Roman world.
5.  Discuss the centrality of the contemporary quest of the historical
   Jesus in the development of modern biblical criticism.
6.  Describe the connection between Orthodox and Gnostic Christianity
   and the process of scriptural canonization.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Contrasting Traditional and Modern critical understandings of Old
   Testament prophecy: Reading the prophet against the background of
   his own time and circumstances.
2.  The historical and socio-political evolution of prophecy.
   a.  I Isaiah and the Assyrian crisis
   b.  II Isaiah and the Persian Conquest
   c.  Cyrus the "messiah"
3.  Persian Zoroastrian dualism and Yahwist monotheism: Job.
4.  The Greek conquest and the nature of Hellenism: Hellenism and
   Judaism: the Septuagint Bible.
5.  Antiochus and the Maccabean Revolt; the Sages and the roots of
6.  Daniel and the birth of Apocalyptic Eschatology.
7.  The development of Roman dominance: Jerusalem at the time of Jesus:
   Political and Social topography.
8.  Introduction to the problems related to the quest of the historical
   Jesus. Tracing Q and the Gospel of Thomas and the Two/Four Source
   theory; Form Criticism and Redaction Criticism and what these tell
   us about the transmission of information relating to Jesus.
9.  The growth of the Early Church: Palestinian, Hellenistic Jewish
   Mission and Gentile Christianity.
10. The social and religious background of the Greco-Roman world.
11. Paul, his definition of Christianity referring to Thessalonians,
   Romans, Gelatians and the Corinthian correspondence.
12. Returning to the Quest of the Historical Jesus: deciphering the
   authentic teachings of Jesus within the Synoptic Gospels and the
   oral and written traditions of the Early Church: determining the
   criteria for authenticity: the proclamation of the the Kingdom of
   God: Jesus' use of aphorisms and parables, describing the emerging
   image of the historical Jesus.
13. Applying critical method to key New Testament texts: investigation
   the historic anti-Judaism of the New Testament hermeneutic: exploring
   the rise of Christian clericism and orthodoxy and its hermeneutic.
14. Reviewing the relationship between rabbinic Judaism and the early
   church in the period following the destruction of Jerusalem.
15. Tracing the roots of Christian Gnosticism; the Gospel of Thomas; the
   Johannine Tradition; The Gospel of John and Gnosticism.
16. The process of New Testament canonization.

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Assignments for Humanities 10.2 include the following:
1.  Regular reading assignments of 40-70 pages per week from course texts.
2.  Critical response essays of 2-3 pages which will interpret and
   evaluate biblical texts and integrate the observations of contemporary
   New Testment scholarship.
3.  One or more midterm examinations based on individual units, e.g. the
   Gospels and Pauline Literature.
4.  A final examination based on classroom lecture/discussion and the
   critical text book for the course.
5.  A research paper of 5-7 pages requiring the student to report and
   evaluate 3 or more scholarly  interpretations of a biblical passage.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 70%
Reading reports, Research Papers
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 50%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Essay Exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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NEW ENGLISH BIBLE (or its equivalent).
  3rd ed., Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1994.
NEW TESTAMENT FUNDAMENTALS by Stevan L. Davies, Polebridge Press, 1994.
THE ACTS OF JESUS by Robert W. Funk and THE JESUS SEMINAR, Polebridge
Press and Harper San Francisco, 1998.
  Wadsworth, 2002.

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