Bible Study Syllabus (Hays)

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This is the syllabus that the Bible study used in the summer of 2007. We read Richard B. Hays' The Moral Vision of the New Testament. Below is the weekly reading schedule.

Schedule

June 14


Topic

Introduction and Paul

Readings

  • Everyone reads the introduction (pp. 1-12)
  • Each person picks one of the below to read:
    • Paul: The Koinonia of His Suffering (pp. 16-59) or
    • Developments in the Pauline Tradition (pp. 60-72)


June 21


Topic

The Gospels

Readings

  • Each person chooses one of the following four chapters to present to the rest of the group:
    • The Gospel of Mark: Taking Up the Cross (pp. 73-92)
    • The Gospel of Matthew: Training for the Kingdom of Heaven (pp. 93-111)
    • Luke-Acts: Liberation through the Power of the Spirit (pp. 112-137)
    • The Gospel and Epistles of John: Loving One Another (pp. 138-157)


June 28


Topic

The Historical Jesus and Revelation

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 158-185.
    • Excursus: The Role of the Historical Jesus in New Testament Ethics
    • Revelation: Resisting the Beast


July 5


Topic

The Synthetic Task

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 187-205
    • All of Part Two, The Synthetic Task: Finding Coherence in the Moral Vision of the New Testament


July 12


Topic

Introduction to Christian Ethicists, Niebuhr, and Barth

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 207-238.
    • How Do Ethicists Use Scripture? Diagnostic Questions
    • Niebuhr and Barth sections of Five Representative Hermeneutical Strategies


July 19


Topic

Yoder and Hauerwas

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 239-265
    • Yoder and Hauerwas sections of Five Representative Hermeneutical Strategies


July 26


Topic

Schussler-Fiorenza and Normative Proposals

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 266-312.
    • Schussler-Fiorenza section from Five Representative Hermeneutical Strategies
    • How Shall We Use the Texts: Normative Proposals


August 2


Topic

Test Case: Abortion

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 444-461.


August 9


Topic

Test Case: Violence in Defense of Justice

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 317-346.


August 16


Topic

Test Case: Homosexuality

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 379-406.


August 23


Topic

Test Case: Anti-Judaism and Ethnic Conflict

Readings

  • Everyone reads pp. 407-443.