MST 312: Ancient Christian Tales about Jesus: (His)Story through the Eyes of Peasants, Bards, and Biographers
Offerings at Montreal School of Theology: Winter 2018
This course offers a sustained examination of several ancient Christian Gospels. We will focus primarily on the four canonical gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), though attention will also be given to a number of extra-canonical gospels (such as the Gospel of Thomas). We will approach these texts as ancient pieces of literature that are best viewed within the historical, social, and literary contexts of the first and second centuries CE. Careful attention will be given to reading the Gospels independently and synoptically. Specific themes developed in this course include the examination of ancient social values (collectivism, honour/shame, cleanliness and purity), issues of politics/empire, questions of historiography and memory, the compositional history and context of each Gospel, and especially the diversity and distinctiveness of Jesus’s image(s) within each narrative. In addition to reading these texts within their ancient context(s), class discussions will explore the many ways in which ancient Christian tales about Jesus continue to find sustained resonance within the contemporary world.
MST Description: An introduction to the critical study of the Gospels.
RELG 312: New Testament Studies II (Gospels)
Offerings at McGill: Winter 2015, 2016
New Testament Studies II is a sustained treatment of the New Testament Gospels. We approach the Gospels as literature that is viewed best within the historical, social, and literary contexts of the first century CE. Careful attention is given to reading the gospels independently and synoptically; we also focus on several extra-canonical gospels. Specific themes developed in this course include honour/shame, politics/empire, historiography, memory, and the figure of Jesus vis-à-vis early Christ-devotee communities.
McGill Description: An introduction to the critical study of the Gospels.