Sunday, June 26, 2016

Change of Schedule on July 1

Attention T1 Students:

Due to some unexpected extra-mural appointments of the Dean, the Synoptics 1 schedule will be adjusted to the following dates:

July 1 Friday: Introduction to Sacred Scriptures (Alejandrino). Time  - 8::10 am - 11:05 am

July 6 Wednesday: Synoptics 1 (Flores). Time - 8:10 am - 9:55 am.

July 8 Friday: Synoptics 1 (Flores). Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Assignment no. 2: Elements of Special Introduction to a Gospel

Assignment no. 2: Elements of Special Introduction to a Gospel
Submission Date: July 6, 2016, Wednesday - class period.
[N.B.  The periods from 8:10-19:55 will be for Synoptics instead of Intro to Sacred Scriptures.]

Go the Arnoldus Library and look for a COMMENTARY on one of the Synoptic Gospels. Read the Introduction part and and answer the following:

1) What are the different elements of the Introduction?
-Example: Authorship.

2) Describe briefly each of those elements.

3) What is the preferred method or approach that the commentator used in his or her exegesis?

AGAIN, the paper should be HANDWRITTEN!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Introduction, Part 2

C. The Genre of Gospel
Read: Raymond E. Brown, Introduction to the New Testament (New York: Doubleday, 1997), 99-107).

D. The Synoptic Problem
Read: Frans Neirynck, "Synoptic Problem," in The New Jerome Biblical Commentary: 587-595.
You can also download (or read online here) the book of Professor Mark Goodacre.
File 1: The Synoptic Problem (pdf)
File 2: Priority of Mark (pdf)
File 3: The Q Source

A short note on Biblical Exegesis, pls. click here (handout given in class)

N.B. For good introduction to the methods of interpreting the New Testament:

Raymond E. Brown, "How to Read the New Testament," in An Introduction to the New Testament (NY: Doubleday, 1997),  20-29.


H. Conzelmann and A. Lindemann, Interpreting the New Testament: an introduction to the principles and methods of New Testament Exegesis (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson,1988). Arnoldus Call number: BS 2330.2 C6613 1988 (on Reserve).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Synoptics I class schedule for 6/17/16

Fr. João (Intro to Theology and Dogma) will take our Synoptic morning periods tomorrow (6/17/16).

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Introduction, Part I

A. The Greco-Roman World
B. Judaism in the Time of Jesus

Assignment 1 (click): Judea-Christian History
Due: June 24, 2016 (Friday) CLASS PERIOD

References for the Greco-Roman World

Raymond E. Brown, "The Political and Social World of the New Testament times" and "The Religions and Political World of the New Testament Times," in An Introduction to the New Testament, 55-96.

Bart D. Ehrman, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, 4th ed. (New York – Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. pp. 17-35.

Howard Clark Kee, The Beginnings of Christianity: An Introduction to the New Testament (New York: T&T Clark, 2005),  pp. 11-61: "The Impact of Graeco-Roman Politics and Culture on Judaism.”

James S. Seffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity (Downers Grove, Illinois: Intervaristy, 1999).

Recommended movies: Gladiator (2000) and Alexander (2004).

References for Judaism in the Time of Jesus
S. D. Fraade, “Palestinian Judaism,” in Anchor Bible Dictionary, vol. 3, pp. 1054-61.

Benjamin Blech, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Judaism, 2nd ed. (New York: Alpha Books, 2003.

ALSO: Pheme Perkins, Reading the New Testament: An Introduction (Makati: St. Pauls, 1994), 23-49 "The World of Jesus."

N.B. class notes on Judaism:

About Me

Fr. Randy teaches theology & biblical courses and Biblical Hebrew at the Divine Word Seminary, school of theology, Tagaytay City. He holds a doctorate from the Ateneo de Manila University (Ph.D., 2015) and from the Loyola School of Theology (S.T.D., 2014). He finished his licentiate in Sacred Scripture (SSL, 1999) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. He is a visiting professor for the School of Christian Studies at the University of St. Joseph in Macau, China. He served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of the Philippines (CBAP); as chairperson of the Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA) and was Dean of Studies (Divine Word Seminary). He is also co-editor for the Diwa: Studies in Philosophy and Theology; founder of the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) at the Divine Word Seminary; founder and site coordinator of the SVD Tagaytay Alternative Learning System (SVD-ALS), an educational program for the out-of-school youth.