SRJC Course Outlines

10/22/2020 2:39:23 AMHUMAN 10.2 Course Outline as of Fall 2008

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  HUMAN 10.2Title:  EARLY CHRISTIAN LIT  
Full Title:  Early Christian 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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An historical-critical study of the origins and early development of Christianity, by investigating the whole range of Christian texts from the first two centuries against the background of comparative Jewish and Greco-Roman literature and archaeology.  

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
Description: Untitled document
An historical-critical study of the origins and early development of Christianity, by investigating the whole range of Christian texts from the first two centuries against the background of comparative Jewish and Greco-Roman literature and archaeology  
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Inactive: 
 Area:E
Humanities
 
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:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

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 methods of interpretation
2.  The Greek conquest and Hellenism, its impact on Judaism, the Septuagint
3.  Antiochus IV and the Maccabean Revolt
4.  Daniel and the birth of apocalyptic eschatology
5.  The development of Roman dominance; occupation of Israel
6.  Source Criticism: the four-source theory of the synoptics, Q
7.  Form and redaction criticism and access to oral tradition
8.  Paul's life, missions and letters
9.  Johannine literature and theology
10.  Catholic and pastoral letters in the canon; letters of Clement and Ignatius
11.  Instruction and liturgical literature: Hebrews and the Didache
12.  Gnosticism and Gnostic-oriented Gospels: e.g. Mary, Thomas, Judas
13.  Christian apocalyptic literature: e. g. Revelation, Shepherd of Hermas.
14.  Women in early Christianity
15.  Institutionalization and canonization
16.  The history and current state of "The Quest for the Historical Jesus"  

Assignments:
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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 Testament 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
25 - 70%
Reading reports and essays
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
10 - 25%
Analytical interpretations
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 25%
Class performances, performance exams, oral presentations
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 30%
Multiple choice, true/false, matching items, text analysis
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 5%
Class and participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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A Brief Introduction to the New Testament.  Ehrman, Bart.  Oxford University Press:  2004.
The New Testament:  A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 3rd Edition.  Ehrman, Bart.  Oxford University Press: 2004.
The Complete Gospels, 2nd Ed.  Miller, Robert J.  Polebridge Press:  1994.
The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature.  Casiday, Augustine,  Young, Frances,  Ayres, Lewis and  Louth, Andrew.  Cambridge University Press: 2007.  

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