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|Discipline and Nbr:
EARLY CHRISTIAN LIT||
Early Christian Literature
|Units||Course Hours per Week|| ||Nbr of Weeks||Course Hours Total
|Maximum||3.00||Lecture Scheduled||3.00||17.5 max.||Lecture Scheduled||52.50
|Minimum||3.00||Lab Scheduled||0||6 min.||Lab Scheduled||0
| ||Contact DHR||0|| ||Contact DHR||0
| ||Contact Total||3.00|| ||Contact Total||52.50
| ||Non-contact DHR||0|| ||Non-contact DHR Total||0
Title 5 Category:
AA Degree Applicable
Grade or P/NP
00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As:
| ||Total Out of Class Hours: 105.00||Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50||
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.
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Schedule of Classes Information
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)
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION
Major Applicable Course
Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
|Associate Degree:||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|CSU GE:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||C2||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|IGETC:||Transfer Area|| ||Effective:||Inactive:
| ||3B||Humanities||Fall 1981||
|CSU Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
|UC Transfer:||Transferable||Effective:||Fall 1981||Inactive:||
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Account for the foreign and sometimes difficult structure of
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
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"
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.
Representative Textbooks and Materials:
|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%
|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||
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.