Unit Code & NameBN2794B New Testament: Life in the Early Church
DescriptionThis unit will examine life in early Christian churches, seeking to explore diverse understandings of Jesus and challenges that confronted both apostles and churches. Careful exegesis of significant passages from Epistles and Revelation will be a key component in exploring theologies and practices of early Christian churches. The study of possible historical and social contexts will provide an important focus of the unit.
AssessmentsOne 1,000 word online presentation - 20%
One 1,500 word workshop paper - 30%
One 2,000 word exegetical essay - 50%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Articulate plausible life settings for communities involved in the production and reception of New Testament texts.
2. Discuss several struggles and challenges that early believers faced.
3. Evaluate strategies of selected leaders to address, strengthen and encourage the faithful.
4. Assess the relevance of early church traditions for contemporary life.
5. Employ effectively various tools of Biblical criticism in the exegesis of specific texts in the Epistles/Revelation