Seminar in the New Testament
In this course we will examine the ethical dimensions of Jesus’ teaching as presented in the gospels and other early Christian writings, setting them in the context of Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman moralists of his day—both of which are treated in modern biblical scholarship. We will look at specific topics (wealth, family, and nonviolence, for example) and broader themes (such as the Kingdom of God); and we will ask about the silence regarding so many other ethical questions. In addition to biblical scholarship related to the study of Jesus and the gospels, we will consider representative explorations of Jesus’ teaching by later writers, such as Augustine, Calvin, Tolstoy, Schweitzer, King, and Niebuhr. 3 hrs. sem.