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:



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is the Dean of Studies of 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 teaches courses on the Bible and Biblical Hebrew language at Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City and 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). He is also co-editor for the Diwa: Studies in Philosophy and Theology; founder and director 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.