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5641004Christian Studies (Seminars)


Numbering Code
  • G-LET08 75641 SJ34
Term 2020/First semester
Number of Credits 2 credits
Course Type Seminar
Target Student Graduate
Language Japanese
Day/Period Fri.5
Outline and Purpose of the Course The purpose of the seminar is to provide the students with the opportunity to translate the Greek text of Paul's letter to the Romans chs. 1-8 and learn to appreciate the theological, historical and social issues behind the text. The New Testament is the foundation for understanding Christian thoughts, and the ability to read the text in its original language and to have a fair grasp of its theology is crucial for those who attempt a research in the field of Christian Thoughts.
Course Goals At the completion of the course, students will be able;
1. to understand the Greek expressions peculiar to Paul and properly translate the text,
2. to clearly explain notable theological features of the first half of the letter to the Romans, and
3. to elucidate theological and socio-historical issues behind the text.
Schedule and Contents 1. Topic #1: Synagogues and House Churches in Rome
2. Romans 5.1-11
3. Romans 5.1-11 Cont'd
4. Topic #2: Christ and the Ideal Martyr
5. Romans 5.12-21
6. Romans 5.12-21 Cont'd
7. Topic #3: Adam as a Type
8. Romans 6.5-19
9. Romans 6.5-19 Cont'd
10. Topic #4: Baptism as a Metaphor
11. Romans 7.7-20
12. Romans 7.7-20 Cont'd
13. Topic #5: 'I', Sin and the Torah
14. Romans 8.9-29
15. Romans 8.9-29 Cont'd
Grading Policy 1. Contribution and comprehension reflected in the discussion (60%).
2. Final Report (40%). *Papers are to be written either in Japanese or English.
Prerequisites A good understanding of the New Testament Greek is preferred. Otherwise, please contact the instructor in advance for instructions.
Preparation and Review 1. Answer the questions and translate the text to prepare for the class.
2. Consult commentaries to grasp issues concerning the topic to prepare for the class.
  • Nestle-Aland's Novum Testamentum Graece, 28th edn, B. Aand, et al., (Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft), ISBN:1619700301
  • Class Note, A. Asano,
  • The Theology of Paul the Apostle, James D. G. Dunn, (Eerdmans), ISBN: ISBN:0802844235