Course: General and Special Introduction to the New Testament (Part 1)

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Course title General and Special Introduction to the New Testament (Part 1)
Course code KBV/GINT1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Mareček Petr, doc. Dr. Th.D.
Course content
1. Introduction 1.1. Concept and Object of Introduction 1.2. History of Introduction 2. The Canon of the New Testament 2.1. Formation of the Canon 2.2. Historical and Theological Problems Concerning the Canon 3. The Text of the New Testament 3.1. The Making of Ancient Books (The Materials of Ancient Books; The Forms of Ancient Books) 3.2. Important Witnesses to the Text of the New Testament (Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament, Ancient versions of the New Testament) 3.3. The History of New Testament Textual Criticism 3.4. The Application of Textual Criticism to the Text of the New Testament 4. The Gospels in General 4.1. Use of the Word ?Gospel? 4.2. Origin of the Gospel Genre 5. The Synoptic Problem 5.1. The Material of the Three Synoptics; The agreements of the Synoptics; The divergences between the Synoptics 5.2. The Existence of ?Q? 5.3. The Two-source hypothesis 6. The Gospel of Mark (Authorship, Date of Writing, Locale or Community Involved, Sources, Content and Structure, Literary and Theological Characteristics) 7. The Gospel of Matthew 8. The Gospel of Luke 9. The Gospel of John 10. The Acts of the Apostles 11. The Religious and Political World of New Testament Times

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
Learning outcomes
The study of the history of the development of the canon of the New Testament and of The transmission and preservation of the text of the New Testament. Introduction to the four canonical gospels. (circumstances of their formation, their literary and theological character). Political and religious background of the period of the New Testament.
Students will acquire basic knowledge about the text of the New Testament and about the formation of the Canon of the New Testament. The student will gain familiarity both on the circumstances of the formation of the four canonical gospels and the Acts of the Apostles and on the literary and theological character of these books.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam

Active participation in class. Completion of final test (70% = passing).
Recommended literature
  • & Metzger, B. M. (2000). A textual commentary on the Greek New Testament. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.
  • Brown, Fitzmeyer, Murphy. The New Jerome Biblical Commentary.
  • Metzger. The Canon of the New Testament.
  • Metzger. The Text of the New Testament.
  • R. E. Brown. (1997). An Introduction to the New Testament. New York.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology Catholic Theology (2) Philosophy, theology 3 Winter