2240 Introduction to the New Testament
on writing New Testament Papers
Mark's Gospel: read by
In previous semesters, I've commented on
students' papers. Although in many cases the topics are
different, some of these comments might still be useful to
on Paper 1 (Mark's Gospel)
Comments on Paper 3
Comments on Paper 2
Comments on Paper 1
Highlights and Lowlights Spring 2014
Why Was Jesus
Highlights and lowlights from previous semesters:
and lowlights from the third paper.
lowlights from first paper.
Essential on-line resources:
Five Gospels in Parallel: indispensable resource.
New Testament Gateway:
great place to start searching for information.
Into His Own:
excellent resources for the historical Jesus.
Philo of Alexandria on Pontius Pilate: Embassy to Gaius
Josephus on Pilate: Jewish War
Joseph on Pilate: Antiquities of
Josephus on the
trial of Jesus - compare (translations of) the Greek
and Arabic versions.
through FSU Library:
As a student at FSU, you have access to journals
and other sources that are available to subscribers only. To
access these sources, you will need to use the EZ-Proxy
The journals listed below are written by, and for,
professional biblical scholars. Do not be surprised if some
articles are hard to follow, and remember that in journal
articles, scholars are trying to gain a reputation by
advancing new ideas, not by merely repeating well
established ideas. Still, reading these articles should give
you an idea of what kind of skills are needed for New
Although these are electronic copies, please cite with
reference to printed edition, ie. Author's name, 'Article
Title', Journal Title,
(Volume Number, Year), pp...
Journal of Theological Studies. Contains a lot
of material that is relevant to New Testament studies, e.g.
David Instone-Brewer's article about the Eighteen
Benedictions, April 2003. (You will soon understand the
significance of this).
New Testament Studies. The title of this
journal is self-explanatory.
Journal for the Study of the New Testament.
Again, the title says it all. Published by the University of
Sheffield, probably the leading centre for New Testament
Studies in the United Kingdom.
Also, there are three useful databases from Oxford. Oxford
Reference provides basic information in short, introductory
articles. Oxford Handbooks are more advanced - for example,
Benedict Viviano's article on "Eschatology and the Quest for
the Historical Jesus" in Jerry L. Walls (ed.) The
Oxford Handbook of Eschatology provides a useful
survey of attempts to understand Jesus' teaching about the
Kingdom of God: very useful for your second paper. Oxford
Scholarship provides access to scholarly monographs, if you
really want to stretch yourself.
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