Paideia in the New Testament - Greek and Jewish Models of Education
The course provides a treatment of the ancient concept of "paideia" - a
category that includes education and learning as well as culture and
civilisation - and its relevance for understanding New Testament texts.
Primary texts in Greek from ancient school contexts as well as recent
research literature on education in early Judaism and Christianity are
being studied during the course. Selected New Testament passages in
Greek are being analysed as expressions of compositional techniques
acquired in the Hellenistic school. Further topics discussed within the
framework of the course are the relationship of the New Testament
authors to the learned traditions of their day and the emergence of a
specifically Christian "paideia".