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The New Testament: From Word to Book
/ CLAS 215
In this course, students will be introduced to the New Testament through an exploration of how the New Testament became¿and continues to be produced as–a book. We will start by examining the letters of Paul–its earliest texts–in terms of the habits and traditions of ancient letter-writing. We will similarly place the other texts of the New Testament in the context of Greek, Roman, and Jewish literary traditions and conventions. As the semester moves forward, we will examine how the New Testament itself became a material object–a book–and how its changing material status shaped its meaning and functioning. We will see the New Testament transform from a library of separate scrolls and/or codices (a library which was occasionally bound together into a single codex), to a luxury object in the Middle Ages, to a cheap printed object in the wake of the printing revolution of the 19th century, to its modern life as both a highly marketed object and a searchable digital ¿thing¿ in online spaces and mobile apps.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
active participation and preparation, papers
Religion Majors, Then Classics Majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit: