A comprehensive overview of contemporary New Testament scholarship, that explains how the Bible is and how it came to be. Coupled with notes of historical criticism, the biblical texts are described according to the formal art elements of form, line, colour and texture. Other artistic terms such as perspective and focal point are used to characterize biblical passages, in order to unlock the complexity of the text. This is an introductory textbook for late high school or college students, and one that will also serve well in study groups. The art projects will be of great value for the teacher, while many thought-provoking questions will help the student to engage and understand the text. This book is a bridge between church and academy.
Sharon R. Chace has studied at Andover Newton Theological School and Harvard and Yale Divinity Schools, and has received the Master of Theological Studies degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her articles, poems, and children's stories have been published in a variety of journals. Her most recently published book is Portfolio of Painterly Poems: A Pilgrim's Path to God (Resource Publications, 2006).
1. What Is the New Testament?. 2. What Is an Artistic Approach to Biblical Literature?. 3. The Synoptic Problem. PART ONE. THE GOSPEL AND GROWING PROCLAMATION. 4. The Gospel according to Mark. 5. The Gospel according to Matthew. 6. The Gospel according to Luke. 7. The Acts of the Apostles. PART TWO. THE COMMUNITY OF THE WORD. 8. The Gospel according to John. 9. The Letters of First, Second, and Third John. PART THREE. THEOLOGICAL PROBLEM AND INTRODUCTION TO PAULINE THOUGHT. 10. Introducing Paul. 11. The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians. 12. The Letter to the Ephesians. PART FOUR. THE REST OF PAULiS LETTERS. 13. The Letter to the Galatians. 14. The First Letter to the Corinthians. 15. The Second Letter to the Corinthians. 16. The Letter to the Romans. 17. The Letter to Philemon. 18. The Letter to the Philippians. PART FIVE. COSMIC CHRIST SERVED BY GOOD DEEDS AND GROWING MINISTRY. 19. The Letter to the Colossians. 20. The Letter of James. 21. The First and Second Letters to Timothy, and the Letter to Titus. PART SIX. CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS. 22. The First Letter of Peter. 23. The Letter of Jude. 24. The Second Letter of Peter. PART SEVEN. JESUS AS HELPER, AND CHRIST AS RISEN LORD. 25. The Letter to the Hebrews. 26. The Book of Revelation.