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Undergraduate Course: Jesus and the Gospels (BIST08021)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBiblical Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is the partner to Paul and his Letters (level 8). It is an introduction to the study of Jesus and the Gospels within their Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts and is aimed at students beginning their study of the New Testament. We will pay particular attention to recent work on the historical Jesus and Mark's Gospel (the earliest extant 'life of Jesus'), besides surveying a range of other gospels, both canonical and apocryphal. Finally, we will ask why some Gospels were included in the Christian canon while others were not.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Introducing Biblical Studies (BIST08011)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will have:
- An understanding of some of the issues surrounding the reconstruction of Christian origins.
- Familiarity with the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of the early Jesus movement and the Gospels.
- Developed abilities in the interpretation of early Christian literature, particularly Mark's Gospel.
- Developed abilities in critical evaluation of secondary literature in the discipline.
- Developed abilities in critical thinking, construction of an argument, and prose composition.
Assessment Information
Course Work 30%. Comprising:
1) Case File: Compose a report on a historical event/group from the first century (eg the Pharisees, Herod I, the Temple, Galilee). 500 words, due beginning of week 3.
2) Text notes: Apply one reading strategy to a gospel text (form criticism, redaction criticism etc). 1000 words, due beginning of week 6. (ie the week after innovative learning week)
3) Exegetical Essay: on a passage from Mark. 1500 words, due beginning of week 10.
All the above to be marked by tutors and monitored by academic staff.

Tutorials 10%. Attendance compulsory (as with lectures). Students to prepare an A4 tutorial sheet as an aide memoir in class. Tutors will check that these are done, but will not take them in or mark them. The final score in this section of assessment will be largely determined on the basis of class participation, after consultation between the tutors as a group and the Course Manager.

December Exam 60%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsJesus, Gospels, Mark's Gospel, canonical Gospels, apocryphal Gospels, Jewish and Graeco-Roman contex
Course organiserDr Helen Bond
Tel: (0131 6)50 8923
Course secretaryMs Paula Kruyff
Tel: (0131 6)5
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