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Last approved: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 08:35:12 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 21 May 2015 12:31:10 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Religion (REL)
The Gospels
The Gospels
Fall 2015
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REL 3165 - Canonical Gospels
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Study of the four canonical gospels (traditionally those of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) in terms of each presenting a distinct literary portrait of Jesus of Nazareth and each being the product of a religious community that shared at least some beliefs and practices with surrounding “pagan” and Jewish communities.
As a result of completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Identify the challenges and difficulties that a historical-critical reading of the canonical gospels entails, 2. Carefully and critically read, investigate, and interpret significant passages in each of the canonical gospels, using the appropriate tools and historical resources, 3. Explain important cultural similarities and differences between the communities of Jesus followers that produced the gospels and the “pagan” and Jewish communities from which they originated, 4. Create a basic cultural and religious portrait of each of the communities of Jesus followers that produced the gospels, 5. Construct a scholarly research paper using the appropriate tools and conventions of a scholar of ancient religion.
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Gen Ed: Humanities
This course has previously been approved for the GPAC attributes added above, when the course was number 3165. When the course level was changed to 2165, the GPAC attributes did not migrate so we are adding them back here.
Key: 8030