COS 311 - New Testament 1

Instructor: Gregory J. Riley

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Course Description

This course presents a panoramic view of the content, main characteristics, and message of the books of the New Testament in the light of their historical, political, socioeconomic, cultural, and religious environment. It treats as well their importance as literary expressions of the faith and history of the early Church. Emphasis is placed on the practice of exegesis ("explanation") of Scripture, with special focus on Luke, Acts, 1 Corinthians, and Galatians.

Required Textbooks

Ehrman, B. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. New York and Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 1997.

Holladay, Carl R. A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Meaning and Message of Jesus Christ

Suggested Textbooks

Riley, Gregory J. The River of God: A New History of Christian Origins. Harper San Francisco, 2001.

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