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An introduction to early Christian literature and to the methods of literary analysis used by New Testament scholars (e.g., form and redaction criticism and structuralism). The course is organized in terms of a typology of the forms of religious discourse in late antiquity, moving from oral forms (parables, sayings and sermons) to written forms bordering speech (letters and dialogues) to consciously constructed pieces of literature (Gospels, theological essays and apocalypses). Some attention will also be given to the history and social world reflected in these texts.
Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts