Are you interested in learning more about the New Testament while experiencing the geographical, historical, cultural and religious context in which many New Testament events took place? Would you like to see the places where Jesus and his apostles lived, hand in hand with an introduction to the gospels, epistles and other New Testament books? If so, CHRTC 203 may be just what you’re looking for.
Come join us in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, for a three-week course looking at the historical and literary background to the New Testament, with daily classes supplemented by weekend excursions to the Judean Desert, Galilee and Jerusalem. Possible topics to be discussed include the New Testament Canon; New Testament manuscripts; the Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds that shaped the New Testament; the literary genres of gospel and epistle; the relationship between the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and the gospel of John; the Historical Jesus; the Book of Acts; and the Apostle Paul.
Additionally, key passages related to places visited during the course will be studied and discussed, with a view to learning and applying what is known as the Historical Critical Method of approaching the Bible. The course will be heavily oriented towards classroom discussion, so students should come prepared to participate actively and to reflect on both what they learn in class and experience while living in a culture very different from what they may be used to in Canada, but in many ways very similar to that in which Jesus and his early followers lived.
Each weekday morning will be spent in class; afternoons will be for course work and travel to local sites. Weekends will include travel to the Judean Desert, Nazareth, Tiberias, Galilee, and Jerusalem.
SJC has received a University of Alberta Education Abroad Group Award! This means that students enrolled in a UofA degree program will receive funds to reduce their travel costs!