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Department
Religion
Course
RLG241Y1
Professor
John Kloppenborg
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 1 04/02/2014 Most documents written in the Mediterranean culture, where there were different values e.g. honor/ shame/  st nd patronage/ slavery – documents of and with history (1  and 2  century C.E.) Documents intended to address certain issues earlier Jesus followers had  Composed on the basis of information the author received—oral or written documents—pre­history of  documents and how they travelled from point of composition to being included in the Bible  Approaches 1. Literary What kind of literature? What is the perspective? Biography or history?—e.g. Acts is history – genre is important  What are the differences?—dependent on genre, editorial tendency, characteristics What is the function 2. Historical Historical placement, date, authorship Way to connect something they say to knowable history Names sometimes added/ common names hard to trace Location—how they talk about geography e.g. Mark not written in Palestine ▯ not from Israel    Social register (for whom are the documents written for), social world (debt forgiveness, confrontation in  public space where men argue w/ men) Transmission, historicity  E.g. “family”—Mediterranean families had many children (high mortality rate) + servants  High bar for who qualifies as a friend in the Mediterranean 3. Anthropological Who is speaking? The Mediterranean is not our world Non­bureaucratized culture and patronage – relationships not anonymous but personal and enduring for life  What cultural codes are needed to interpret texts? Stephen Biko (1946­1977) South African activist advocating
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