FTR-THMA204
Seminar Biblical Exegesis: Gender, Sexuality, and Christians in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Cursus informatieRooster
CursusFTR-THMA204
Studiepunten (ECTS)10
Categorie-
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen; Opleiding Theologie;
Docenten
Examinator
dr. M.P. Kochenash
Overige cursussen docent
Docent
dr. M.P. Kochenash
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M.P. Kochenash
Overige cursussen docent
Collegejaar2023
Periode
SEM1  (04-09-2023 t/m 28-01-2024)
Aanvangsblok
SEM1
Onderwijsvorm
voltijd
Opmerking-
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersNee
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
Plaatsingsprocedure-
Cursusdoelen

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • articulate a range of sensibilities regarding gender and sexuality attested in the ancient Mediterranean world;
  • situate early Christian writings in their original historical and literary context;
  • independently read and interpret early Christian writings using aids such as Bible commentaries and scholarly articles;
  • identify the major issues related to gender and sexuality that appear in early Christian writings;
  • critically evaluate the credibility and ethical implications of a scholar, preacher, or public figure’s interpretation (and application) of early Christian writings on issues related to gender and sexuality; and
  • articulate a stance on whether or not—and, if so, to what extent—early Christian writings should influence modern understandings of gender and sexuality.
Inhoud
The theme of this semester’s seminar is gender and sexuality in the ancient Mediterranean world of early Christianity. Statements related to gender and sexuality in the New Testament, especially those attributed to Jesus and Paul, continue to exert exceptional influence on popular attitudes (and even laws!) today. Can two men marry each other? What about two women? Is divorce permissible—and, if so, under what circumstances? Are women essentially inferior to men? What types of leadership roles are appropriate for women? What is manliness? As it happens, there are early Christian texts that can be read as answering these and many other questions related to gender and sexuality.

One goal of this course is to help students read these biblical texts in an ethically responsible manner, but, as John J. Collins writes, “An ethically responsible reading must first of all be clear on what meanings are actually supported by the texts” (What Are Biblical Values, 85). Accordingly, this course focuses on a selection of New Testament writings (in Greek), and students are challenged to read them as products of their ancient Mediterranean social and cultural contexts. What are the lines of continuity between Paul’s views on gender and those of Cynics? What influence does the Genesis 1 account of creation exert on Jesus’s views on marriage? And, in any case, under what circumstances should readers in the twenty-first century feel constrained by Jesus’s and Paul’s views on gender and sexuality? Students work together in this seminar to discuss such questions.
Niveau

Voorkennis
 
Toetsinformatie

Bijzonderheden

Voorkennis
A good command of Koine Greek and some prior exposure to the New Testament and other early Christian literature (consult the instructor in case of doubt).

Werkvormen
Werkcollege
AanwezigheidsplichtJa

Toetsen
Paper
Weging1
ToetsvormPaper
GelegenhedenBlok SEM1, Blok SEM2