POLITICAL SCIENCE 495: NEW TESTAMENT POLITICS

 

Spring, 2006

DuSable 466

Mondays, 6:30-9:10 pm

 

Instructor:  Larry Arnhart

Office: Zulauf 404

Office hours:  Wed, Thurs, Fri 12:30-2:00 pm, other times by appointment

Telephone: 815-753-7049

E-mail: larnhart@niu.edu

 

 

TEXTS

 

The New Jerusalem Bible (Doubleday); Walter Pilgrim, Uneasy Neighbors: Church and State in the New Testament (Fortress Press, 1999); Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity (HarperCollins, 1997); Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries (Yale University Press, 1985); Raymond Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament (Doubleday, 1997).

 

 

GRADING

 

The final grade will be based on the grades for the journal writing (30% for journal entries #1-6 and journal responses #1-5, 30% for journal entries #7-13 and journal responses #6-12), class participation (15% for the first half of the semester and 15% for the second half), and a final paper (10%).  Grades for the first half of the semester will be handed out in class on March 20.

 

For the journal writing, you will be put into a journal group with two other students.  You should bring to class three copies of your journal entries and journal responses—one for the professor and two for the other two members of your group.

 

The journal entry should be at least two double-spaced typed pages on the reading for the week.  The point of the journal entry is for you to set down your thoughts about anything in the reading.  This will be your attempt to struggle with any issue that comes up in the reading.  Usually it is best to take up one issue that you can develop a little in two pages.

 

You will write journal responses for each of the two journal entries you have received.  Each journal response should be at least one double-spaced typed page.  The point of the journal response is for you to respond in some fruitful way to the thoughts of your journal group members.

 

The final paper should be at least ten double-spaced typed pages.  The point of the final paper is for you to elaborate your thinking about some topic related to the readings and discussions in the course.  You might build upon something that has come up in your journal writing.  The final paper will be due no later than 12 noon, May 8, in the professor’s office.  (You may slip the paper under the office door.)

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS

 

Jan  22:  Introduction

 

Jan  30:  Mark

              Matthew

              Journal #1

 

Feb   6:  Luke

              Journal #2

              Response #1

 

Feb  13:  Acts

               Journal #3

               Response #2

 

Feb  20:  Pilgrim, pp. viii-6, 37-143

               Journal #4

               Response#3

 

Feb  27:  Romans

               Journal #5

               Response #4

 

Mar   6:  First Corinthians

               Journal #6

               Response #5

 

SPRING BREAK

 

Mar  20:  Hebrews

                Pilgrim, pp. 7-36

                Journal #7

                Response #6

 

Mar  27:  Revelation

                Journal #8

                Response #7

 

 

Apr    3:   Pilgrim, pp. 145-212

                Journal #9

                Response #8

 

Apr  10:  Stark, pp. 3-94

               Journal #10

               Response #9

 

Apr  11:  Stark, pp. 95-215

               Journal #11

               Response #10

 

Apr  24:  Pelikan, pp. 1-108

               Journal #12

               Response #11

 

May   1:  Pelikan, pp. 109-233

               Journal #13

               Response #12