REL 215
The New Testament: From Word to Book Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed REL 215 / CLAS 215
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: none
Expected: 10-12
Class#: 3296
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active preparation and participation, two short papers (3-5 pages), midterm, and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under REL; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under CLAS
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
REL 215 Division II CLAS 215 Division I

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