LIFE OF CHRIST SEMESTER 1
NT 241
Mark Moore
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Course Description: Semester one covers the beginning of the gospel up through the first year of ministry. It concentrates on the birth narratives, early Judean ministry, and early Galilean Ministry. Major sermons: Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5–7); Jesus’ Deity and Credentials (John 5). Students will concentrate on learning Jesus’ primary identity and proclamation of the kingdom. (4 hours).


OBJECTIVES:
  1. To experience the majesty and wonder of the Incarnation.

  2. To become familiar with the gospel accounts of Jesus from His birth through His early Judean ministry, particularly those events that inaugurated Jesus’ public ministry.

  3. To research the Sermon on the Mount and understand Jesus’ program for the kingdom.

  4. To appreciate a portrait of Jesus in his Palestinian milieu.


PROJECTS:
  1. Harmonies: You will turn in a harmony for each section that is in bold on the daily schedule. Follow the following format. (A) Each gospel will be recorded word for word in its own column but positioned so that parallel words and phrases are matched across the columns. Color coding to show important similarities or differences is encouraged. (B) Each section will be followed by two paragraphs: (i) Make note of distinctive words or phrases that one writer uses that the others do not. If these are important editorial changes or theological emphases for that author explain why they are important or how they affect the understanding of the passage? (ii) How does this pericope fit into its own context in each gospel? What comes before it and what comes after it? And does this arrangement of the material affect the understanding of this text?  Several sample harmonies can be found at:
    http://markmoore.org/classes/loc/harmony.html. A collection of them is kept on reserve at the Seth Wilson Library. (1 point each)

  2. Memory: There are three passages assigned to be memorized verbatim from the NIV--John 1:1-34; John 3:1-21; and Matthew 5:1-48.  These will be written out in class on the day they are assigned. Count off 1 point for every word left out, for every extra word included and every time words are transposed. Count off 2 points for every verse or phrase that is misplaced. As an alternative to the final exam, students are encouraged to memorize the Sermon on the Mount.

  3. Paper: Each student will write an exegetical term paper over one of the passages listed in the schedule. Your paper must be 2,800-3,500 words including the table of contents and bibliography with 10-15 cited references.  It must be emailed to markmoore@occ.edu by 5:00 the day it is due. Do not use end notes. A Term paper guide is available in the bookstore or online here.

  4. Book Report: Be prepared to take a simple quiz over The Meaning of Jesus, by M. Borg & N.T. Wright on the day the reading is due. Bring a Grademaster sheet.

  5. Short Topics: Research two of topics listed below of this syllabus and produce a 23 page teaching outline using at least 3 cited sources. Internet and electronic sources not acceptable. The first topic will be turned in on 2/3 and the second on 3/9. As an optional assignment, a student could produce a peice of art that could serve as a teaching visual aid or activity. Due on 3/9.


TEXTBOOKS:

Moore, M. The Chronological Life of Christ. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1996.

Thomas, R. & Gundry, S. The NIV Harmony of the Gospels. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

Marcus Borg & N.T. Wright. The Meaning of Jesus. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1999.



SCHEDULE:

Date

Topic

Assignment

Date

Topic

Assignment

1/17

Sec. 1

 

3/13

Sec. 35b

 

1/18

Sec. 2

 

3/14

Sec. 35c

 

1/19

Sec. 2

 

3/15

Sec. 36-37

 

1/20

Sec. 3

 

3/16

 

TEST #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/24

 

Mem Jn 1:118

3/27    

Sec. 38

 

1/25

Sec. 4

 

3/28

Sec. 39-40

 

1/26

Sec. 5

 

3/29

Sec. 41

 

1/27

Sec. 6-7

 

3/30

Sec. 42

Paper Due

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/31

Sec. 8

 

4/3

Sec. 43-44

 

2/1

IFW

 

4/4

Sec. 45

 

2/2

Sec. 9-10

 

4/5

Sec. 46

 

2/3

Sec. 11-12

Short Topic 1

4/6

Sec. 47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/7

Sec. 13-14

 

4/10

Sec. 48

 

2/8

Sec. 15-16

 

4/11

Sec. 49a

 

2/9

Sec. 17-19

 

4/12

Sec. 49b,c

 

2/10

 

TEST #1

4/13

Sec. 50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/14

Sec. 20-21

 

4/17

Sec. 51-52

 

2/15

Sec. 22-23

 

4/18

Sec. 53

 

2/16

Sec. 24

 

4/19

54a

 

2/17

Sec. 25

 

4/20

 

TEST #3

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/21

Sec. 26-27

 

4/24

54b

 

2/22

Sec. 28

 

4/25

54c

 

2/23

Sec. 29-30

 

4/26

54d

 

2/24

Sec. 31-32

Book Quiz

4/27

 

Mem. Mt 5:1-48

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/28

P&T

 

5/1

54e

 

2/29

P&T

 

5/2

54e

 

3/1

Reading Break

 

5/3

54f

 

3/2

Reading Break

 

5/4

54f

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/6

Sec. 32b

Mem Jn 3:1-21

5/8

54g

 

3/7

Sec. 32b;

 

5/9

54h

 

3/8

Sec. 33-34

 

5/10

54i

 

3/9

Sec. 35a

Short Topic 2

5/11

Christ in Culture

 


GRADES:
Reading 5%; Topics 5%; Harmonies 10%; Memory 15 %; Paper 20%; Tests 30%; Final 15 %.

CLASS POLICIES:
  1. Tests and quizzes. Should the unfortunate circumstance arise that one would actually miss a test or quiz, such a one will have exactly one week to make it up in The Testing Center (L-2) after paying the $5 service fee in the business office.

  2. Late work. Not acceptable. If you will be absent on the day of a harmony you must turn it in early.

  3. Absences. You are expected to be responsible Christian adults. Should this not be the case, please grow up.

  4. Student/Teacher relationship. You are prized as Christian brothers and sisters. Your contribution both in class and in the kingdom will be respected. It is my sincere desire that the teaching which takes place in the classroom will only be the beginning of your learning Jesus from me.

  5. Grading Memory Work – Every word you leave out, add in, transpose, or misplace will by minus one point. Every phrase you misplace or transpose will be minus two points.

  6. Cheating will result in a zero on the assignment in question and a mandatory meeting with the dean of students to determine further discipline which may include failure in the class or dismissal from the college. Cheating includes but is not limited to (1) using material from another student for tests, memory, or term papers, (2) not properly citing sources in papers and assignments so as to make it look original, (3) using cheat sheets – written or electronic – for tests or quizzes.



SHORT TOPICS:


Theophanies

Synagogues

Proselytes

Samaritans

Diaspora

Ten Lost Tribes

Prophecies of Christ

Pharisees

Sadducees

Essenes

Genealogy of Jesus

Apocrypha

Temple--History

Trinity

Logos

Alexander the Great

High Priesthood

Hellenism

Magi

New Birth

Zoroastrianism

Faith

Geography of Palestine

Palestinian Agriculture

Women in N.T. times

Deity of Christ

Elephantine Papyrus

Daniel's Vision

Jewish Occupation of Palestine

LXX

Feasts of the Jews

Roman Monetary system

Caesars

Synoptic Problem

John the Baptist

Baptism of John vs.Christian Baptism

Ancient Military -- Weapons and Tactics

Antiochus Ephiphanes

Herod the Great

Priestly Service

Angels

Mariolatry

Jesus' Childhood (Legends)

Magnificat

Star of Bethlehem

Courtship, Engagement, Wedding and Divorce of 1st. Cen.

Messianic Expectation of Jesus' day

Kingdom of God/Heaven

Ministry of the H.S. in Jesus' Life

Satan/Devil

Fasting

Prophets--400 silent years

Baptism of H.S.

"Lamb of God"

Miracles/Signs/Wonders

Alcohol in the N.T.

Family of Jesus

Sacrifices

These topics can be explored for one extra-credit point each. Produce a two-page outline or handout that could be used in a church setting. Each article must be typed with at least three references. These will be accepted no later than 5/3.



ESSENTIAL READING IN THE LIFE OF CHRIST
  1. Aland, K. Synopsis of the Four Gospels UBS, 1972. (A harmony of the Gospels with Greek and English on facing pages.)

  2. Brown, R. E. The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narrative. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. (A massive and valuable scholarly work from a liberal Catholic perspective.)

  3. ---. The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave: A Commentary on the Passion Narrative in the Four Gospels. New York: Doubleday, 1994. (A massive and valuable scholarly work from a liberal Catholic perspective.)

  4. Bruce, F. F. The Hard Sayings of Jesus. Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP, 1983. (He gives great clarity with brief comments to the more difficult sayings of Jesus.)

  5. Bultmann, R. History of the Synoptic Tradition, Tr. John Marsh. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1963. (This is the classic form-critical analysis of the gospel texts. Brilliant compilation and categorization of source material from a very liberal perspective. Conclusions are overdrawn).

  6. Edersheim, Alfred. The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah. Mclean, VI: Macdonald, 1883. (Old classic on the harmony of Jesus’ life from a converted Jew. An immense amount of dated, but still somewhat valuable information from Jewish literature pertaining to the gospels).

  7. Evans, Craig & Porter, Stanley (Eds.). Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds. Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP, 2000. (This is an invaluable collection of encyclopedic essays on cultural and historical backgrounds, essential for understanding the first century world of Jesus).

  8. Ferguson, E. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1987. (This is not primarily a work on the Gospels but provides an immense wealth of historical information on the 1st century era.)

  9. Ford, David & Mike Higton (Eds.). Jesus. Oxford: Oxford, 2002. (This is a reader on Jesus, with historic quotations under a variety of topics from throughout church history. Magnificent reading).

  10. Foster, R. C. Studies in the Life of Christ. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1995. (This is a commentary on the harmony of the Life of Christ. Done primarily in the 40's, it wrestles with the liberalism of its day, particularly source, form and redaction criticism. An invaluable resource).

  11. Green Joel B.; McKnight, Scot; and Marshall, I. H. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1992. (This is a gold mine of conservative scholarship on a wide variety of issues from the Gospels).

  12. Linnemann, Eta. Is There a Synoptic Problem? Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. (As a former disciple of Bultmann, this German scholar argues persuasively with page after page of primary data, that there is no literary evidence of significant textual borrowing among the synoptics).

  13. Manning, Brennan. The Signature of Jesus. Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1992. (This devotional work from a Catholic perspective analyzes the core value of Jesus — abandonment through cross-bearing and what that looks like in Christians today.)

  14. Moore, Mark. The Chronological Life of Christ (2 Vols). Joplin, MO: College Press, 1996. (A contemporary commentary on the Harmony of Jesus’ life from one really swell fellow!).

  15. Neyrey, Jerome H. The Social World of Luke-Acts: Models for Interpretation. Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson Publishers, 1991. (This is not a commentary but an analysis of the social structures of the Mediterranean culture of Jesus’ day. This is a very helpful guide to issues such as shame-honor and patron-client, locating Jesus’ teaching in his broader culture.)

  16. Sanders, E. P. Jesus and Judaism. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985. (While he minimizes the tension between Jesus and the Pharisees, Sanders correctly locates Jesus and his aims within his own Jewish milieu).

  17. Shepard, J. W. The Christ of the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1939. (A dated but classic work on the Harmony of Jesus’ Life).

  18. Strobel, Lee. A Case for Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1998. (A user friendly guide to an apologetic of Jesus).

  19. Thomas & Gundry. A Harmony of the Gospels. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1978. (A workable harmony in English with helpful articles in the back on critical issues. Comes in NASB and NIV).

  20. Wenham, J. Easter Enigma. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1984. (He shows reasonable explanations to the critics’ accusation that the resurrection accounts are irreconcilable).

  21. Wilkins, M. & Moreland, J. Jesus Under Fire. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995. (A scholarly response to the Jesus Seminar).

  22. Witherington, Ben. The Many Faces of the Christ: The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond. New York: Crossroad Publishing, 1998. (He traces the development of Christology through the gospels and the rest of the N.T.)

  23. Wright, N.T. Jesus and the Victory of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. (A careful argument for the political aims of Jesus, located within his Jewish. For a brief popular version, see The Original Jesus, also Eerdmans, 1996).

  24. ---. The Original Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996. (A popular presentation of Wrights view of Jesus as a political Messiah).

  25. ---. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003. (A massive and critically important analysis of the resurrection of Jesus.)

  26. Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1995. (From an evangelical perspective, Yancey tries to paint a portrait of Jesus that he would agree with and say, “Yes, that truly is who I am.”)





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