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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Fall 2007

R S 315 • Intro to the New Testament

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45540 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BEL 328

Course Description

This course focuses on some of the most influential religious texts in human history--the 27 texts that were included in the New Testament. In addition, we will also read some other ancient texts that did not make it into the Christian Bible. During the semester we will explore the content of these texts, theories about how they were produced, methods used by scholars to interpret them, and conclusions that specialists reach about their significance. In the process, students will also have a chance to reflect on the general nature of human religiosity.

Grading Policy

30% Papers, 2 @ 15%. Each paper is approximately 600 words. 30% Exams, 2 @ 15% each 20% Final exam 10% Attendance and participation 10% Misc. small tasks


Texts: The HarperCollins Study Bible, NRSV with Apocryphal Deuterocanonical Books, Revised Student Edition (2006) ISBN 978-0-06-078683-0.


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