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SCR 5390 Independent Study in Old Testament1‑3 credits. Faculty.
SCR 6390 Thesis/Project in Scriptural Studies4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.
SCR 5412 Life and Teachings of JesusThe possibility of historical biography of Jesus has been generally denied since the days of Albert Schweitzer, but attempts continue in film and literature. This course will examine the historical data that can be assembled for a life of Jesus, including material from apocryphal gospels. The teachings of Jesus will be examined from a critical reconstruction of the logia tradition. 3 credits. Dr. Arthur.
SCR 5413 Life and Letters of PaulThis course is an investigation of Paul’s life, his writing, and his role in the development of Christianity. It will present interpretations of Paul as a Hellenist, a rabbi, a mystic sectarian, a clever rhetorician and more, of Paul defined against his Jewish background or by light shed from his opponents. Contemporary research into Paul’s attitudes to the Law and Judaism as well as the sociological context of his missions and letters will be discussed. Claims about Gnostic influences on Paul and his standing in Gnostic communities is also important for evaluating his role in history. The class will discuss Paul’s effects upon modern theologians and some trenchant criticisms of his influence. 3 credits. Dr. Arthur.
SCR 5421 The Gospel of MatthewWe will investigate the Gospel of Matthew as the teaching of Jewish-Christianity that suffered through the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and as a window into the historical Jesus. Topics include the Sermon on the Mount as a peace teaching at a time of war and rebellion, and the earliest Christian kerygma in relation to Jewish Messianism. Dr. Arthur or Dr. Wilson