Spring 2008 Calendar
RL 205
last update: 04 February 2008
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

JANUARY

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Review: Syllabus; Introductory Materials for Biblical Studies; Resources for NT Study
15
First day of class: Bible Bio
NT Jeopardy Game
Review: Learning Contracts, Learning Tracks

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
16
Do Pretests on Blackboard; check listed email address. Read Harris, "Glossary, pp. vii–19; Ralph, ch. 1

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9-10
17
The Biblical "Library": Community, Context, Space, & Texture of the Texts
How the Bible Means

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9-10
18
Assignment: Blackboard Pretests (due midnight 1/27)
19
Complete Learning Contract (due 1/245)
20
Study: Dei Verbum summary; Ralph p. 113
Read: Harris, ch. 2 & 21
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Study: "Revelation" web page; 2 Tim 3:14–17
22
Revelation, Inspiration, Canonicity, Community. SGD: Divine Revelation DQs
Syllabus Quiz

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
23
Read: Matt 5–7 & parallels; Harris ch. 6 & 12; Ralph ch. 7. Study Synoptic Problem & try your hand at a couple of the samples in the Synoptic Gospels Primer

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
24
Finding the Voice of Jesus in the Gospels: the "Historical Jesus" and the "Synoptic Problem"
Learning Contract due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
25
Optional: visit the New Jerusalem Mosaic to see what life was like in the ancient city; focus on the Second Temple & Roman periods.
26
Include the Virtual Jerusalem Tour if you want to see modern Jerusalem.
Extra Credit: Write reaction paper to New Jerusalem Mosaic
27
Finish Blackboard Pretests
28
Read Harris 3–5. Write Mark CHP (due 1/30)
29
Jesus within Judaism; Apocalyptic Judaism. Mark CHP due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
30
Prepare The "Four Philosophies" in I C.E. Judaism.
Blackboard Pretests DUE

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
31
Jesus within Judaism. SGD: Was Jesus Married?

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
 
 
 
 
 

 

FEBRUARY
1
Study Lenski, " Social Classes in Agrarian Societies"
2
Review: Extra-Canonical Sources for the Life of Jesus
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4
Read: Harris, ch. 3–5; Ralph, ch. 8;
5 Mardi Gras
The Roman World in the Time of Jesus. SGD: Infancy Narratives DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
6 Ash Wednesday
K. Slattery PPT: Some Fun Parts of Roman Culture and Life

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
7
The Roman World in the Time of Jesus. SGD: Rome v. Jesus DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
8
K. Slattery PPT: Highpoints of First Century A.D. Roman History
9
Begin Exegesis Worksheet for Synopsis assignment
10
Take a Virtual Field Trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art (follow this Guide to the CMA for RL 205 Students)
11
The Material Culture of the First-Century C.E. Roman World:
12
Field Trip for Middle Eastern luncheon, Section 51; Exam 1 in Section 52

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
13
Optional: "From Jesus to Christ"

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
14 St. Valentine's Day
Field Trip in Section 52; Exam 1 in Section 51

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
15
Work on Track Projects
16
Work on Synopsis assignment
17
Read: Harris, ch. 7; Ralph, ch. 9
18
Read: Mark 1–12; Jesus' Message of God's Basileia
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"If I, by the finger of God, cast out Satan . . . ." SGD: Miracles DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
20
Read: Mark 4–5; Luke 15–18; Matt 13, 20–21; Harris, ch. 8; Ralph, ch. 10–11

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
21
"He spoke in parables . . . ." The "Secret" of the Basileia; SGD: Preaching in Parables DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
22
Finish rough draft of Track Project
23
Read: Harris, ch. 9–12
24
Spring Break
25
SJP Immersion
26
No class
27
Read the seven authentic letters of Paul
28
No class
29 Feast of St. Origen of Alexandria

MARCH 1

Finish rough draft of Synopsis & Storyboard
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3
Read: Matt 22:15–46; 26-27 & //; John 4, 7; Phil 2–3
4
Who Opposed Jesus & Why? Basileia Praxis v. Mediterranean Honor & Roman Power. SGD: Who Killed Jesus DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
5
Read: Harris, ch. 16; Ralph, ch. 8; Jesus' Arrest and Execution; Crucifixion

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
6
Jesus' Passion & Death. SGD: Christology Timeline

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
7
Submit rough draft Track Project
8
Submit rough draft of Synopsis & Storyboard

 

9
Read: Harris, ch. 14–17; Ralph, ch. 12
10
Read: Romans; 1 Corinthians
11
Paul's Gospel of Christ Crucified; SGD: Rom 9-11 DQs or 1 Cor 15 DQs

Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
12
Read: GMark; Harris, ch. 7

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
13
The Gospel According to Mark

Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
14
Revise Track Project
15
Revise Synopsis & Storyboard
16
Read: Harris, ch. 8–9, 13, & 19
17 Feast of St. Patrick
Read: GMatt
18
Matthew & Co.

Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
19 Feast of St. Joseph
Read: GLuke; Acts; Write Anointing CHP

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
20 Holy Thursday
Luke-Acts
Anointing CHP due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
21 Good Friday
22 Holy Saturday
23 Easter Sunday
Read: Harris, ch. 10–12
24 Easter Monday
No classes meet
25 Easter Tuesday
Monday classes meet

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
26
Practice: Which Gospel Is It?

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
27
Many Gospels, One Jesus?

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
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30
Dr. McGinn No office hours this week
31
APRIL 1
Exam 2
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3
No Class
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Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
9
Finish Synopsis & Storyboard (due midnight, 4/15)

Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
10
Research day; no Class

Dr. McGinn No Office Hours today
11
Finish Track Projects
12
All Projects DUE tomorrow midnight
13
Synopsis, Storyboard, & ALL TRACK PROJECTS DUE
14
Read: Revelation, esp. 1–3, 12–14; Harris, ch. 20; Ralph, ch. 13
15
"This Present Evil Age"
SGD: Apocalypse DQs

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
16
Write Apocalypse CHP

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
17
Apocalypse of John v. the Apostle Paul
SGD: Social Roles DQs; Apocalypse CHP due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
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Write outline of class presentation of Project
20
Read: John; Colossians; Ephesians; Commentary on Colossians
21
Read: Harris 10 & 18; Write Slavery CHP
22
A Theology of Heavenly Escape
Slavery CHP due; Course evaluation done in class

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
23
Read: 1–2 Peter; 1–2 Timothy; Titus; Acts; Harris 13 & 19; The Battle for Paul; Write Women CHP

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
24
Roman Patriarchal Aristocracy & the "Household of God." SGD: Charismatic Revolutionaries in Early Christianity DQs;
Women CHP due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
25
Complete Blackboard Post-Tests (due midnight 4/30)
26
Finish outline of class presentation (due tomorrow)
27
Outline of class presentation DUE

Read: the Acts of Paul and Thecla; Harris, ch. 21
28
Blackboard Post-Tests DUE

Write Thecla CHP
29
Christianity & Society at the End of the First Century
Thecla CHP due

Dr. McGinn Office Hours: 9–10
30

MAY 1

Envisioning Jesus for the 21st Century.

Term Project Presentations
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Practice class presentation
5 Finals Begin
6
Third Exam; optional for Tracks A, B, & C, 1:00–2:50
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Third Exam; optional for Tracks A, B, & C, 10:00–11:50
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10 SUMMER VACATION BEGINS!