New Testament Introduction Sourcebook and Video Lectures Uploaded

Over the years I’ve developed a variety of individual handouts for New Testament classes that I’ve taught. Today I decided to compile them into a brief New Testament Introduction Sourcebook to share freely and openly with the world.

The sourcebook materials are well-suited to accompany my introductory video lectures for New Testament (RLST 201) at CSU Fullerton. The related RLST 201 course syllabus for Spring 2018 is also available.

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RLST 201: Week 5 Discussion Summary

There were many rich insights this week, which made it difficult to know where to focus my summary reflections. If time were not so limited, I would enjoy following up with pages of reflection on any of the following:

  • The patriarchal and patrilineal bias in the Lukan genealogy, and what the virgin birth of Jesus could have meant in terms of his membership in humanity.
  • The baptismal practices of the Essenes (Dead Sea Sectarians), how John the Baptist is reminiscent of the Essenes, as is Jesus in his desert sojourn.
  • The connections between Aesop’s stories and Jesus’ temptation.
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RLST 201: Week 3 Discussion Summary (Reader-Response and the Book of Revelation)

The exercise of summarizing each of the books of the New Testament proved more useful than I had first imagined. My primary goal was for students to do a quick, skim read of each of the books of the New Testament so as to get an overview. I’ve been thinking about having everyone do the same thing at the end of the semester to see if your summaries would change, but I haven’t decided whether to do that yet. One way to go about this is to see whether and how your individual summaries cohere or conflict with some of the handouts I provided at the start of the semester about the authorship and date of the books of the New Testament.

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