So, in about two months time I'll be teaching my first Introduction to the New Testament course (1st year undergraduate course), and I'm super excited, and concerned. First off, this gives me a chance to exercise my generalist tendencies, since I'll be introducing the NT, not just Paul, Peter, John, the Synoptics or Jesus. However, there are some daunting elements, such as what to include and what to exclude. There is only so much one can cover, and I don't want to privilege anything, but give the NT a fair hearing. So here's my list of questions for those engaged in teaching, and for those who've done an Introduction to the NT. Those who Teach
- What text book(s) is the most helpful?
- Should/did you include the historical Jesus?
- Background contexts and information? [Overview of 2nd Temple Judaism? Roman history?]
- Textbook or list of readings?
- How do you deal with Paul? Letter by letter, or theme by theme?
Those who Study
- What was the best part of your intro course?
- What was the worst part of your intro course?
- Text book or collection of readings?
- More time given to lecturing, class discussion or group work?
- Powerpoint or lecture outline?
Anyone: Got advice, tips, do's and dont's for a newbie? I recognise that some of this will be highly subjective, and I'll just have to proceed via trial and error. I've taught individual letters before (at this level), which I really enjoyed. But the thought of trying to cover the whole NT is scary. So any help would be appreciated!