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Darrell W Udd
RELIG 220
Seattle Campus

Introduction to the New Testament

Modern scholarly methods of research and analysis in dealing with New Testament books and their interpretation. Genres of various books (gospel, epistle, sacred history, apocalypse); problems of the relationships among author, material, and intended audience; relationships between theme and image.

Class description

This course introduces the modern scholarly study of the New Testament and the socio-cultural milieu within the New Testament literature originated. Attention is given to significant Jewish and Greco-Roman traditions and institutions that were of importance in shaping the earliest Christian movements. The various writings in the New Testament are examined individually, with interest in such issues as: The relationship between the author and audience and the immediate historical context of the writing, if known; literary genre; intertextuality; key religious issues of concern in a given writing, and their relation to the diverse spectrum of developing early Christian thought, practice, and social formation.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Four lecture days, often illustrated with slides and/or select video, overheads, etc. The enrollment for RELIG 220 tends to run about 200 students. Questions are welcomed and some discussion is possible in the lecture sessions. The class breaks down into six smaller sections for end-of-the-week section meetings led by graduate TAs. These are normally devoted to discussion and exercises intended to amplify and/or reinforce material covered in the lectures.

Recommended preparation

The course has no formal prerequisites. The course does include a quantity of new information and new concepts that many students often find challenging. Good study habits (including a commitment to careful reading of the textbooks) are very important.

Class assignments and grading

Written exercises for the first six weeks of the course. Each is evaluated on a credit/no credit basis, with points accumulated by successful credit on each item.

A point score calculated from total points on all such exercises is then 10% of course grade. Midterm exam: 30% of course grade. The Mid-term and final exams usually consist of about half multiple choice and half essay questions. The course study guide provides samples of questions to be on the exams. A brief essay, about 4-5 pages: 20% of course grade. The specific content of the assignment has varied from year to year. Final exam: 40% of course grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Darrell W Udd
Date: 03/08/2006