Rel 212: The New Testament
Winter 2011 Syllabi and TA
- Section 5 (TTh 8–8:50 a.m., 110 JSB): David B. Ridge, email@example.com
Course Description: Rel 212 is a survey study of the writings of the
second half of the New Testament. We will examine the Book of Acts, the various
epistles, and the Apocalypse both as scripture and as ancient texts, setting
them in their ancient historical and cultural contexts while examining their
doctrinal contributions. Many of these writings were actually compiled before
the New Testament gospels and thus represent the earliest Christian accounts of
who Christ was, what he did for us, and how we should live as his disciples.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes: This section of Rel 212 has three major objectives, which are in harmony with the College of Religious Education’s Learning Outcomes (see Appendix B):
• First, to increase the student’s knowledge of the New Testament—that is, to familiarize him or her with the basic storylines, characters, and concepts in this book of scripture (a factual learning outcome).
• Second, to help the student read, discuss, and write about the New Testament as both a source of scriptural knowledge and as a sacred text by asking basic historical, literary, and theological questions (a process known as “exegesis,” both a conceptual and application learning outcome).
• Third, to strengthen individual testimonies of sacred truths, particularly of Jesus Christ and the doctrines of the Restoration (the main spiritual learning outcome).
Class discussions, quizzes, exams, and the paper will all be formatted with these three overarching objectives in mind. Although both instruction and positive spiritual experiences in class will assist students in seeking the Holy Ghost as an aid in studying and pondering LDS scripture, doctrine and history, the greatest spiritual experiences that students will have this semester will most likely take place outside of class during their individual reading and class preparation as they seriously, and prayerfully, study the scriptures themselves.
Links and Bookmarks
Lecture outlines and
presentations Handouts of each in-class presentation (2
slides per page) are available at each link below.
- 1. Course Introduction. Course
Description, Objectives, and Requirements. Reading Strategies. The Origin of
the New Testament. On the KJV and Other Translations.
After Class: Read "Introduction to the New Testament,"
JCWNT, 4–11 (posted online).
Also, look over the selections from R. Brown
INT, 20–29 (fair-use
excerpts posted online) and Huntsman,
"The Textus Receptus" and
"Greek Manuscripts and Later English Translations" (also online).
- 2. New Testament
Background and Interpretation. The Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman Context
of the New Testament (brief overview only). The Early Christian Church and
the Spread of Christianity. "Interpreting" the New Testament: Hermeneutics
and Exegesis. Biblical Criticism and New Testament Genres.
Read: "The Greek and Roman Worlds,"
JCWNT, 28–39 (posted
online); Anderson, "Two Restless Worlds," 8–18 (packet, section 5); and
Huntsman, "Teaching through Exegesis:
Helping Students Ask Questions of the Text" (Religious Educator
6.1 , 107–126, posted online); "Genre Questions: What Kind of Writing
Is This Passage?" and "Outlining Books of Scripture" (packet, sections 7 and
8). See also: Millet, "The Saga of the Early Christian
Church," 1–11 (packet, section 2); Hall and Welch, charts 2.2, 3.1,
and 13.1–2 (packet, section 1); R. Brown
5–15, 20–29, 48–53 (online).
Unit 1: Acts
Quiz 1 Materials
- 7. Missions of Paul to Asia
Minor and Greece. Paul’s "Second" Mission. Timothy Joins Paul and Silas.
Philippi; Paul and Silas in Prison; Thessalonika and Berea. Athens; Paul’s
Speech on the Unknown God. 18 Months in Corinth. Ministry of Apollos. Paul’s
"Third" Mission: Ephesus, Macedonia, Greece, and Back to Asia; the Raising of Euthychus; Farewell. Return to Caesarea and Prophecy of Agabus. Acts
15:36–21:14. See also: Hall and Welch, chart 15.4 and
7 (packet). Take-home quiz #1 due.
- 8. Paul’s Arrest in Jerusalem,
Trial in Caesarea, and Journey to Rome. The Riot in the Temple and Paul’s
Defense to the Sanhedrin; the Plot Against Paul; Trials Before Felix, Festus,
and Agrippa. Paul’s Difficult Sea Voyage; Healed and Healing in Malta. Paul
Preaches under Guard in Rome. Acts 21:15–28:31. See also:
Hall and Welch, charts 4.6–7, 15.4 (packet).
“The Later Herodians,”
JCWNT, 157 (packet, section
Exam 1 Materials
Exam 1: F28–Sa29Jan; late M31Jan in Testing Center
Unit 2: Pauline Epistles (use the
outlines for quick review)
- 9. Life, Ministry, and Theology of
Paul. The Three Worlds of Paul; Paul’s Family and the Roman Citizenship.
Working Pauline Chronologies. The Pauline Corpus: Writing Ancient Letters,
Paul’s Fundamental "Christ Message," and Pauline Concerns. See also:
"Paul," BD 742–43; Anderson, "Paul’s Preparation: ‘Fire on Earth,’" 19–38,
"Appendix A: Chronology of Paul’s Life," 390–98, "Appendix B: Two
Descriptions of Paul," 399–402; Hall and Welch, charts 15.2, 15.7 (packet,
section 1). “The World of Paul,”
178–87 (packet, section 3); Huntsman, “The Occasional Nature, Composition,
and Structure of Paul’s Letters,” Sperry 2006, 190–207 (packet, section 4). For Further Background: Richards, "Preparing
a Letter: Time and Costs" and "Letters
and Inspiration" (online excerpt from Paul and First-Century Letter
Writing, 161–170 and 224–29).
- 10. Paul and the Church at
Thessalonika. Background. The Parousia and the "Rapture." "As a Thief in
the Night." "Except Their Be A Falling Away First," Early Forgeries and
False Teachers. 1–2 Thessalonians. See also:
Epistles—Epistles to the Thessalonians,” BD 743; “Scribal Additions to New
Testament Manuscripts” and “The Coming of the Lord,”
207 and 223–24 (posted
online); J. Seely, “Hope for the ‘Children of Light’ as the Darkness
Descends (1, 2 Thessalonians),” 146–64 (packet, section 2). Look at the
outline for 1–2 Thessalonians (packet, section 7).
- 11. The Challenges of the
Judaizers and the Libertines at Galatia. A Speech Within a Letter:
Justification by the Faith of Christ over the Works of the Law. 6
Proofs. Ethical Exhortations. Galatians. See also:
Epistles—Epistles to the Galatians,” BD 744–45; Horton, “Concern,
Correction, and Counsel for Converts (Galatians),” 83–106 (packet, section
2); “Faith and Works in Galatians,”
219–21 (posted online). Look at the
outline for Galatians (packet, section 7).
- 12a. Paul’s Joy in the
Philippians. An Early Christian Hymn. Warnings against False Teachers.
12b. Onesimus and the Issue of
Slavery. Philippians and Philemon. See also:
to the Philippians; Philemon,” BD 745–46; “Prison Epistles,”
244–45 (posted online).
Look at the outlines for Philippians and Philemon (packet, section 7).
- 13.Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence;
Factionalism and Division at Corinth. Background: Paul’s Visits and
Letters to Corinth. Factions. Who Were Paul’s Opponents? "Jesus Christ, and
him crucified." 1 Cor 1:1–4:21. Read also:
"Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Corinthians," BD 743–44; D. Seely, "‘Is
Christ Divided?’ Unity of the Saints through Charity (1, 2 Corinthians)," 57–68
(packet, section 2); Huntsman, "‘Your Faith Should Not Stand in the Wisdom
of Men.’ Greek Philosophy, Corinthian Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul,"
1–8 (online); "The Foolishness of the Preaching of the Cross," JCWNT,
232 (posted online). Look at the outline for 1 Corinthians (packet, section
- 14. Problems of
Behavior at Corinth; Correct Christian Worship.
Glorify God in Body and Spirit. Chastity in the Body of Christ.
Problems of Marriage and Celibacy: General Principles of Marital Intimacy;
Advice to Specific Groups; the "Present Distress." Christian Freedom
and Its Abuse: Problems for Those Strong in the Faith. The Veiling of Women
and Grooming of Men. The Lord’ Supper. 1 Cor 5:1–11:34. Read
also: D. Seely, "‘Is Christ Divided?’ Unity of the Saints through
Charity (1, 2 Corinthians)," 68–72 (packet, section 2); Huntsman,
Faith Should Not Stand in the Wisdom of Men.’ Greek Philosophy, Corinthian
Behavior, and the Teachings of Paul," 8–26 (online); "Time and Culture
Specific Directions," in JCWNT 215 and 224–26
15. Spiritual Gifts in CORINTH;
Doctrinal Correction: the Nature of the Resurrection; Housekeeping.
Misunderstanding and Misusing
Spiritual Gifts. Hymn to Love/Charity. Gift of Prophecy and Tongues—Need for
Orderly Worship. Doctrinal Correction: the Resurrection and the Resurrected
Body. Paul’s Plans and Commendations. 1 Cor 12:1–16:24.
D. Seely, “‘Is Christ Divided?’ Unity
of the Saints through Charity (1, 2 Corinthians),” 71–72 (packet, section
2); “Spiritual Gifts in Corinth,” and “Pagan Temples and Shrines” (esp. in
regard to meat markets) in
Quiz 2 Materials (lectures 9-14)
- 16. The Bond with Paul Renewed and Again Challenged.
Reason for His Change in Travel Plans. The Apostolic Ministry: Treasure in
Clay Jars. Ministry of Reconciliation Appeal for Love Between Ministers and
People. Paul’s Joy at the Corinthians’ Repentance. The Jerusalem Collection.
Paul Again Defends His Apostolic Authority. The Man in Christ "Caught Up to
the Third Heaven." Benedictions. 2 Cor 1:1–13:13. See also:
D. Seely, "‘Is Christ Divided?’ Unity of the Saints
through Charity (1, 2 Corinthians)," 72–82 (packet, section 2); "The Word
‘Atonement,’" JCWNT, 261 (packet, section 3). Look at outline of 2
Corinthians (packet, section 7).
- 17. Righteousness by Faith
Revisited. Paul’s “Introduction” to the
Church in Rome. Pauline Salvation Models. God’s Righteousness and the
World’s Unrighteousness. Reconciliation through Christ by Faith. Dead to
Sin, Alive in Christ. Two Analogies: Slavery and Marriage. Romans 1–7.
Read also: “Pauline
Epistles—Epistles to the Romans,” BD 745; Millet, “The Just Shall Live by
Faith (Romans),” 45–56 (packet, section 2);
“Pauline Salvation Models,”
JCWNT, 199 (posted online)
and again “The Word ‘Atonement,’”
261 (packet, section 3). Look at outline of Romans (packet, section 7).
Becoming Joint Heirs with Christ; God’s Promises to Israel. Future Glory
as Joint Heirs with Christ. Predestination? God’s Love in Christ Jesus.
God’s Election of Israel: Supersession? Exhortations on Christian Living.
Relations Between the Strong and the Weak. Paul’s Plans. Romans 8–16.
Read also: Millet, “The Just Shall
Live by Faith (Romans),” 45–56 (packet, section 2);
205–207 (posted online).
- 19. Towards
Encyclical Letters: the Epistle to the Colossians.
- 19b. Epistle to the Ephesians
Church at Colossae. Another Early Hymn on the Lordship of Christ. Being "Risen
with Christ" in This Life: a Participation Model. Christian Practice—Virtues,
Vices, and the Household Code. Epistle (or Letter) to the Church at Ephesus.
Predestination (or Election) Again and the Holy Spirit of Promise. Saved by
Grace and Created unto Good Works. Developing Pauline Terminology and
Insights. Towards a
Unity of the Faith: "Some Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists . . ." the Christian
Household—husbands and Wives, Parents and Children, Masters and Slaves. The
Armor of God. Colossians and Ephesians. See also:
"Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the
Colossians; Ephesians," BD 746; "The Historical Situation" and "Prison
Epistles," JCWNT, beginning on 243 and through 245.
Exam 2 Materials
Exam 2: W16–F18Mar; late Sa19Mar in Testing Center
Unit 3: Hebrews, Catholic (General) Epistles, Johannine Writings,
- 20. The Pastoral Letters.
Church Orders or Regulatory Letters. Titus: Elders and Bishops; "Teach
According to Sound Doctrine": Household Code Again; Warnings Against False
Teachers. 1 Timothy: Qualifications of Bishops and Deacons; Merry Widows and
Gossiping Women; False Teaching and Greed. 2 Timothy: Timothy’s Family
Background; Current and Coming Apostasy; Inspired Scripture; "I Have Fought
the Good Fight." Titus. 1–2 Timothy. See also:
"Pauline Epistles—Epistles to the Titus; Timothy," BD 747–48; Anderson,
"Letters to Leaders," 310–314.
- 21. A Glorious
Conundrum—Epistle/Homily/Treatise to the Hebrews. Genre Question:
What is It? Proposal on Authorship. "God hath spoken to us by his Son .
. ." Israel under Moses. Superiority of Jesus’ Priesthood. Melchizedek and
Christ. Hebrews 1–7. See also: "Pauline
Epistles—Epistles to the Hebrews," BD 746–47; J. McConkie, "Jesus Christ,
Symbolism, and Salvation (Hebrews)," 192–206.
- PALM SUNDAY. Matt 21:1–17; Mark 11:1–11; Luke 19:28–48; John 12:12–19.
- 22. Jesus the Great High
Priest. Superiority of Jesus’ Sacrifice and Ministry. Jesus and the Day
of Atonement. Availing Oneself of Jesus’ Priestly Work: Faith and Endurance.
- 23. Counsel from "The
Brothers of the Lord." Background of the "Epistle" of
James; Genre and Focus. The Role of Wisdom in Trials and Temptations.
Practical Religion: Words and Deeds. Faith and Works. Sins of Speech: Taming
the Tongue. James and the "Jesus Tradition." Prayer of Faith. Ungodly
Intruders Lead Jude to Contend for the Faith. James and Jude.
Read also: "James," "James, Epistle of," "Jude," and "Jude,
Epistle of," BD 709–710, 719; Huntsman, "Faith
and Works in James."JCWNT, 271 (posted online). Look at
outlines for James and Jude (packet, section 7).
- THE LAST SUPPER AND GETHSEMANE. Matthew 26; Mark 14; Luke 22; John
- GOOD FRIDAY. Matthew 27; Mark 15; Luke 23; John 18:28–19:42; 3 Nephi 8.
- EASTER. Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20:1–18
- 24. Petrine Writings.
Affirmation of Christian Dignity. Christian Behavior in a Pagan World
(another Household Code!). Christian Behavior in the Face of Hostility.
Gospel Proclaimed to the Dead. The Fiery Trial: Suffering as a Christian. 2
Peter: a Testament or Pseudonymous? The More Sure Word of Prophecy. Delay of
the Second Coming. Peter on Paul. 1–2 Peter. See also:
"Peter" and "Peter, Epistles of," BD 749–50.
- 25. The Johannine
Epistles. Authorship, Audience, and Intent: The Writings of John and the
"Johannine Community. Areas of Dispute: Christology, Ethics, Eschatology,
Pneumatology, and Ecclesiology. The Word of Life. Children of God in the
world. God is Love. Warnings about False Teachers. The Struggle between
Gaius and Diotrephes. 1–3 John. See also: "John" and
"John, Epistles of," BD 715; Mackay, "The Epistles of John (1, 2, 3 John),"
- 26. Apocalyptic
Literature and the Revelation of John. Authorship and Genre. The
Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Words of This Prophecy. Messages to
Seven Churches. Revelation 1–3. See also: "Revelation
of John," BD 762–63; Draper, "As a Flaming Fire and a Ministering Angel,"
"The Revelation of St. John the Divine," "Appendix A: The Structure of
Revelation," and "Appendix B: Six Elements of John’s Writing Style," 1–24,
249–56; Hall and Welch, charts 17.2–3, 5; Huntsman, "Apocalyptic
Literature" and "Revelation,"
1–5. Take-home quiz #3 distributed.
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- 27. The Revelator's "Inaugural"
Vision. Interpretative Approaches to Revelation: Preterist, Historical,
Futurist, Symbolic, and Eclectic. LDS Approaches to Revelation. Vision of
the Heavenly Court. The Scroll and the Lamb. The Seven Seals. Opening the
First Six Seals: White, Red, Black, and Pale Horses; Martyred Saints and
Events to Come. Seventh Seal and the Seven Trumpets—the Plagues and the
Plagues of Egypt. Two Digressions: The Mighty Angel and the Little Scroll;
The Two Witnesses and the 1,260 Days. The Seventh Trumpet: the Kingdom of
the Lord begins on Earth. Revelation 4–11; D&C 77:1–15, 130:8–9.
Take-home quiz #3 due. Read also: Hall and
Welch, chart17.5 (packet, section 1); "The Book of Revelation," JCWNT,
288-191 (packet, section 3).
- 28. Further "Portents in
Heaven". The Woman, Child, and Dragon. The Demonic Trinity: Dragon and
Two Beasts. The Lamb and His 144,000 Servants. The Messages of the Three
Angels. Seven Plagues and Seven Bowls. The Great Whore and the Beast;
Judgment on Babylon, the Great Harlot. Victory of Christ. New Heaven and New
Earth. Epilogue and Blessing. Revelation 12–22. Exegetical
Paper due. Read also: "The Book of Revelation,"
JCWNT 291-97 (packet, section 2, including text box on Imperial Cult on