Required Books and Readings:
Fredriksen, Paula. When Christians Were Jews: The First Generation . New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018.
González, Justo L. The Story Luke Tells: Luke's Unique Witness to the Gospel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015.
Jennings, Willie James. Acts (Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible). Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2017.
Shillington, V. George. An Introduction to the Study of Luke-Acts (second edition). London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.
All other readings are available through the Taylor Library collection in electronic form or available via PDF (and linked in the week's assignment page).
The course is organized thematically rather than moving through the book in order. Themes include gender, empire, identity, community, history, space and geography, history of interpretation, and textual history.
Final grades will be determined by this formula:
10% -- robust and active participation in class, showing evidence of having done the readings ahead of class
12% -- the posting of questions before the start of class in weeks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 9.
16% -- responses to posts in weeks 5 and 8, when the class will meet online. There are four posts in each of those weeks, worth 2 points each.
15% -- paper proposal, due in week 6
40% -- final paper, due after week 10
7% -- presentation of research from the final paper, during class in week 10
Requests for incompletes must be made by the student prior to the end of week 10. Any request for an incomplete should be discussed in advance with the student's advisor, and should be the result of circumstances the student could not have foreseen. All requests are subject to approval by the Dean and are governed by the policies in the Masters Student Handbook. Incompletes are usually graded pass/fail, at the discretion of the instructor.
Requests to take the course pass/fail should be made in writing to the instructor by the end of class in week 2.
|Sep 11, 2019||Wed||Week 1: Overview of Luke/Acts||due by 07:00PM|
|Sep 18, 2019||Wed||Week 2: History and Historiography||due by 07:00PM|
|Sep 25, 2019||Wed||Week 3: Acts as Literature||due by 07:00PM|
|Oct 02, 2019||Wed||Week 4: Identity, Identification, Identifiers||due by 07:00PM|
|Oct 09, 2019||Wed||Week 5: Depicting Community (part 1)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 10, 2019||Thu||Week 5: Depicting Community (part 2)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 11, 2019||Fri||Week 5: Depicting Community (part 3)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 12, 2019||Sat||Week 5: Depicting Community (part 4)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 16, 2019||Wed||Paper Proposal||due by 05:59PM|
|Oct 16, 2019||Wed||Week 6: Different Differences in Acts||due by 07:00PM|
|Oct 23, 2019||Wed||Week 7: Men in Acts||due by 07:00PM|
|Oct 30, 2019||Wed||Week 8: Empire and Colonialism (part 1)||due by 05:59AM|
|Oct 31, 2019||Thu||Week 8: Empire and Colonialism (part 2)||due by 05:59AM|
|Nov 01, 2019||Fri||Week 8: Empire and Colonialism (part 3)||due by 05:59AM|
|Nov 02, 2019||Sat||Week 8: Empire and Colonialism (part 4)||due by 05:59AM|
|Nov 06, 2019||Wed||Week 9: Space and Geography||due by 08:00PM|
|Nov 14, 2019||Thu||Week 10: Sharing Our Research||due by 06:59AM|
|Nov 26, 2019||Tue||Final Paper||due by 06:59AM|