Introduction to the Bible : New testament

lreli1120  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to the Bible : New testament
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Van Oyen Geert;
Main themes
To achieve its objectives, the course will address the following themes:
- the historical and religious context of the New Testament;
- the figure of Jesus in the New Testament;
- introduction to the Pauline literature, the Gospels and the Apocalypse and insight into the Apocrypha of the New Testament;
- a brief history of the canon of the New Testament;
- relationship between history, literature and theology for reading the Bible.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 - describe the historical and religious context of the New Testament and situate the figure of Jesus;
2 - master a basic knowledge of the New Testament writings (content, main characteristics);
3 - describe the history of the formation of the New Testament canon.
This course is an Introduction to the New Testament (NT). During approximatively 25 hours the student will "learn to read the NT". In a first part the traidtional questions are treated (the books, the aim, the authors, the dates, the structure), especially with regard to the four gospels. Moreover, we will learn to know the historical and religious environment of the NT (judaism, greco-roman culture). In order to understand the modern approaches of the texts, we present a historical survey of the research and the methodology of the NT (source criticism, form criticism, redaction criticism, narrative criticism, performance criticism). The last part of the course will be devoted to specific questions: textual criticism, the transmission of the text, apocryphal texts.
introduction to the NT is a general introduction in the critical reading of biblical text. A more throughgoing reading of individual books of the NT is given in other courses in BA and MA.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Classroom-based course. Note: in the second semester of 2020-2021 the teaching method will depend on the regulations due to the COVID-19 virus.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written examination. If it is not possible to organize a normal written exam, there will be an oral exam via Zoom or Teams.
Online resources
The course notes are available in Moodle.
La bibliographie de chaque chapitre du cours est disponible sur le site du cours.
The bibliography of each separate chapter is available in the course notes. 
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Christian Theology

Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Sciences of Religions (openness)

Master [120] in Sciences of Religions

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in religious studies

Certificat universitaire en études bibliques

Certificat universitaire en théologie (fondements)