|Professor Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D.
Tel: 216-397-3087; Office: AD B250e; Hours: TBA
RL 205.51 (V, CS): TH 11:00 A.M.–12:15 P.M., AD 233
RL 205.52 (V, CS): TH 12:30 P.M.–1:45 P.M., AD 233
|Reading Literally, Reading Historically: A Catholic Approach to the Bible|
|Day 1||T 01/19||Before Class:
Review Syllabus; Introductory
Materials for Biblical Studies; Resources
for NT Study; Harris, "Glossary"; NT Bible
Bio; "Images of Jesus" essay, Learning
In Class: Revelation, Inspiration, Canonicity, Community
Read: 2 Tim 3:14–17; Harris 1–2, 21; Ralph 1; Revelation; Dei Verbum summary.
Small Group Discussion in class (= SGD): Divine Revelation discussion questions (= DQs)
DO: Blackboard(= BB) Pretests, Learning Contract (via BB form), & "Images of Jesus" essay
|Day 2||R 01/21||The Biblical "Library": Community, Context, Space, &
Texture of the Texts;
the Bible Means
DO: Go through the Gospel According to Mark (= GMark) and make a list of every
|Putting Jesus in His Place: The Roman Context|
|Day 3||T 01/26||The Roman
World in the Time of Jesus: Highlights of First-Century A.D. Roman History
DUE: Blackboard Pretests, Learning Contract, & "Images of Jesus" essay
SGD: Rome vs. Jesus DQs
DO: Infancy Narratives DQs; Social Justice Praxis (= SJP) registration on BB SJP Discussion Board (= DB)
|Day 4||R 01/28||The Roman
World in the Time of Jesus: Roman Culture and Life
Read: Harris 3–5; Ralph 8; ; NZ Billboard
DUE: Infancy Narratives DQs; SJP registration (on BB SJP DB)
DO: Was Jesus Married?
DO: Surf the New Jerusalem Mosaic (Second Temple and Roman-Byzantine periods), the PBS site "From Jesus to Christ," and do this Virtual Field Trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Write a one-page reaction paper discussing what you learned via one or more of these sites.
|Putting Jesus in His Place: The Jewish Context|
|Day 5||T 02/02|
|Day 6||R 02/04||Jesus within
Read Harris 3, 4, & 5;
DUE: Mark CHP
Material Culture of the First-Century C.E. Roman World:& Actual Middle Eastern luncheon (Unless you make special arrangements with the instructor, members of the 11 AM class will go on Tuesday; students in the 12:30 PM class will go on Thursday.)
Exam 1 on Tuesday for the 12:30 PM class; on Thursday for the 11 AM class
DUE: Reaction paper to CMA virtual tour, the New Jerusalem Mosaic,and/or "From Jesus to Christ"
DO: Synoptic Gospels Primer tutorial; write out your answers to examples #9-11
|Day 8||R 02/11|
|Jesus' Proclamation: "Our God Reigns"|
Voice of Jesus in the Gospels: the
"Historical Jesus" and the "Synoptic Problem"
Read: Matt 5–7 & parallels; Harris 6 & 12; Ralph 7
DUE: Synoptic Gospels Primer #9-11
DO: Miracles DQs; and Listings
|Day 10||R 02/18||"If I,
by the finger of God, cast out Satan . . . ."
Read: Mark 1–12; Jesus Message of God's Basileia; Harris 7; Ralph 9.
DUE: Miracles DQs
DO: Sin & Salvation DQs
|Day 11||T 02/23||
DUE: Sin & Salvation DQs
in parables . . . ." The "Secret" of
|Day 12||R 02/25||Synoptic Problem "Workshop"|
February 28 – March 07. NB: SUMMER 2010 registration begins Monday, March 08.
|Jesus' Proclamation: "Our God Reigns"|
|Day 11||T 03/09|
|Day 12||R 03/11|
|Day 13||T 03/16||Who Opposed
Jesus & Why? Basileia Praxis
vs. Mediterranean Honor & Roman Power
Read: Matt 22:15–46; 26-27 & //; John 4, 7; Phil 2–3; Harris 9, 10, 11, 12
SGD: Who Killed Jesus DQs
|Day 14||R 03/18||
Jesus' Passion & Death
|**NB**||Priority registration for FALL 2010 runs March 19-30|
|The Message of Jesus Becomes the Message about Jesus|
|Day 15||T 03/23||Paul
Read: Harris 14, 15, and 17; Ralph12.
SGD: Rom 9-11 DQs or 1 Cor 15 DQs
|Day 16||R 03/25||Mark
Read: Harris 7
Assignment (Track C): Anointing CHP due
|Day 17||T 03/30||Exam 2|
|Day 18||Matthew & Co.
Read: Harris 8 & 19
Read: Harris 9 & 13.
DUE (Track A): Fourth project progress report; (optional) Infancy Narrative Review
Read: Harris 10
Read: Harris 11 and 12
Practice: Which Gospel Is It?
|***Easter Break***||April 01–05|
|***Weird JCU Schedule***||T 04/06 Easter Tuesday: Monday classes meet|
|***EGLBS Meeting***||R 04/08 Research day; we do not meet class today
Assignment: Finish project portfolio (DUE Tuesday)
|Day 20||T 04/13|
|Day 21||R 04/15|
|Apocalypticism v. Domestication: Can One Serve Both God & Caesar?|
|Day 22||T 04/20|
|**NB**||T 04/20 Last day for Spring Semester course withdrawal|
|Day 23||R 04/22||"This
Present Evil Age"
Read: Revelation, esp. 1–3, 12–14; Harris 20; Ralph 13
SGD: Apocalypse DQs
Assignment (Track C): Vocation Essay; (Track A): Instructor conference
|Day 24||T 04/27||The Apocalypse
of John vs. the Apostle Paul
SGD: Social Roles in Paul v. Paulinism DQs. (Optional) Apocalypse CHP
A Theology of Heavenly Escape
Read: John; Colossians; Ephesians; Harris 10 & 18; Commentary on Colossians. (Track B Option) Slavery CHP
|Day 25||R 04/29||Roman Patriarchal
Aristocracy & the "Household of God"
Read: 1–2 Peter; 1–2 Timothy; Titus; Acts; Harris 13 & 19; The Battle for Paul
DUE (All Tracks): Group Instructor conference; Summative Group Assessment; Final Class Participation Self-Assessment
SGD: Charismatic Revolutionaries in Early Christianity DQs
(Optional) "Corinthian Women Prophets" CHP
(All Tracks) Blackboard Post-Tests DUE Sunday midnight
|Day 26||T 05/04||Christianity & Society
at the End of the First Century
Read: the Acts of Paul and Thecla; Harris 21.
(Track B Option) "Women Apostles" CHP
|Day 27||R 05/06||Last Day of Class: Third Exam|
Section 52 (12:30 PM class): Tuesday 5/11, 1:00-2:50 PM
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