This Bible course will be taught by Dr. Matthew Colvin, and will run from July 5 through August 27th. The syllabus will be available here soon.
This course is an exploration of the use of extra-Biblical Jewish sources in scholarship on the New Testament. After the first week’s orientation to the sources and the history of scholarship, each subsequent class focuses on one particular topic for which Jewish background is especially illuminating: politics, sexual and social norms, government, sacraments, eschatology, and linguistic influences. Special attention is given to areas of Jewish life that are less familiar to Christian readers of the NT, especially the field of law. Students will gain a sense of the criteria of profitable and proper handling of Jewish sources; the ability to use them in their own study of the Bible; and the joy that comes from solutions to exegetical puzzles, resulting in a better understanding of Scripture. The course does not require knowledge of the ancient languages, although those who know the languages will benefit from them. All readings, both ancient texts and modern scholarship, will be provided in English.
Matthew Colvin is a presbyter in the Reformed Episcopal Church. From 2012-2017, he served as a missionary teaching ministerial students in the Philippines and Indonesia. He holds a PhD in ancient Greek literature from Cornell University (2004). His published works include articles on Heraclitus (Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 2005 and The Classical Quarterly 2006), a translation from Latin of the 1550 Magdeburg Confession (2011), and The Lost Supper, a study of the Passover and Eucharistic origins (Fortress Academic, 2019). He is currently working on a book on women’s ordination and the origins of ordained office in the early church. He lives on Vancouver Island.