* The Holy Bible
* An Introduction to the New Testament, Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy
* Textbook Supplement (Study Questions), Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy
* Handouts (to be distributed through the course of the semester)
* Notebook (for class notes)
* Loose-leaf paper (for turning in quizzes/homework)
Themes of the
I. Return from Babylonian Exile/Restoration
A closer look at the messianic prophecies of Jeremiah and Second
Exam 1 – Week of Sept. 3 - 7
An survey of Jewish/Pagan cultures and messianic expectations at the
time of Jesus.
Exam 2 – Week of Sept. 24 - 28
III. What is a "Gospel"?
A comparative study of the Four Gospel accounts and their distinctive
Exam 3 – Week of Oct. 22 - 26
The Infancy Narratives
The Calling of his first disciples
Exam 4 – Week of Nov. 12 - 16
A survey of Jesus' use of parables in his ministry and an analysis of
several key parables regarding the Kingdom of God.
Parable Project: Students will be assigned a parable from the Gospels
and are asked to present a detailed parable analysis highlighting their
own reflections and insights. The Project is intended to re-enforce basic
research and writing skills, as well as helping students develop a greater
familiarity with the use of concordances, biblical commentaries, and
other resources for gaining further insight into a text.
Exam 5 – Week of Dec. 10 - 14
Review for Semester Exam - Week of Dec. 6 - 10
Students are expected to complement material discussed in class through independent biblical reading. Through the course of the Fall Semester students must read excerpts (approx. 1 chapter) from the Gospel of St. Mark on a weekly basis. Students will be quizzed on the assigned chapter at the beginning of each Thursday class.
60% Average of six chapter exams, 1 semester
exam, and Parable Project
Project will be weighed as two chapter exams)
30% Average of daily quizzes/homework
(homework includes a weekly reading of the Acts of
10% Class Participation
The Bible itself is the primary source for the course this semester with the textbook and class discussions as merely means to better understand the New Testament. Students will be held responsible for material treated in the textbook as well as information treated in class discussion. Personal reflection and outside of class discussions on the New Testament with classmates and family is a fundamental aim of the course.