This course intends to explore the literature and background (thus “text and culture”) of the early Christ-following movement. Our study will basically progress in two steps: first, an overview of the socio-cultural and religious contexts out of which Christianity developed; second, a selective survey of New Testament books (mainly Paul and Mark, and to a lesser degree, the other canonical Gospels) to emphasize the theological diversity within the canon of Scriptures. We will also give special attention to the contextual and ideological nature of textual interpretation.
Text & Culture II: A Survey of the New Testament will include two live, interactive webconference sessions with Dr. Liew, as well as a week of guided learning with online Facebook-style conversation. Reading, reflection, participation in online forums, and some writing is expected, as well as active presence in opening and closing live online sessions. 1.6 CEUs are awarded for full participation.
Online Course Schedule
- Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
- Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
About the Instructor
Tat-siong Benny Liew is Professor of New Testament at College of the Holy Cross,Worcester, MA. Dr. Liew is most interested and invested in transdisciplinary study of the New Testament. Alongside New Testament studies, his scholarly interests include literary theory, postcolonial studies, gender/sexuality studies, and ethnic studies (particularly Asian American history and literature). Dr. Liew is the author of What Is Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics? Reading the New Testament(2008), and Politics of Parousia: Reading Mark Inter(con)textually (1999). He also editedReading Ideologies: Essays on the Bible and Interpretation In Honor of Mary Ann Tolbert(2011), Postcolonial Interventions: Essays in Honor of R. S. Sugirtharajah (2009), They Were All Together in One Place? Toward Minority Biblical Criticism with Randall Bailey and Fernando Segovia (2009), and the last issue of the journal, Semeia, with Gale Yee on “The Bible in Asian America” (2002). Dr. Liew also serves on several international editorial boards, and is currently the book review editor of the journal, Biblical Interpretation.
- Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) students and Pacific School of Religion (PSR) students: $120
- General public: $200