An Artistic Approach to New Testament Literature

An Artistic Approach to New Testament Literature

by Sharon R. Chace

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Overview

An Artistic Approach to New Testament Literature is a first introductory textbook for late high school or college students and would serve well in a freshman experience course. Historical criticism informs the background commentary. Biblical texts are described according to the formal art elements of form, line, color, and texture. Other artistic terms such as perspective and focal point are used to characterize biblical passages. Thought-provoking questions and art projects are provided for exploration in the foreground or in the world in front of the text.
This book is a bridge between church and academy. If church leaders or teachers have questions for the author, they are invited to contact her through e-mail at Shrnrchace@aol.com.


""This is an excellent overview of contemporary New Testament scholarship.I recommend it highly as a book for adult study groups in mainstream churches.The suggested creative activities are particularly interesting.""
-Rev. Dr. Lois N. Sundeen, retired minister, United Church of Christ

""Sharon Chace's attention to artistic elements such as line, form, color, and texture opens up a unique visual perspective on the New Testament books. Teachers will appreciate the ideas for art projects that enable young people to engage this perspective through active learning.""
-Jocelyn McWhirter, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Albion College

""An Artistic Approach is a key that unlocks a complicated volume for either the younger reader or one of any age beginning a faith quest who wants to understand what the Bible is and how it came to be. In addition, this work adds its own sense of texture to scripture. It points to a richness that can create greater depth to this book of faith in a similar way that beautiful fabric enhances textile art. Sharon Chace, as an artist, reminds me of a quilter assembling her work so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.""
-Rev. James M. Perry, Director of Ministries, Minnesota Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781556351211
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
What Is the New Testament?     1
What Is an Artistic Approach to Biblical Literature?     4
The Synoptic Problem     8
The Gospel and Growing Proclamation
The Gospel according to Mark     13
The Gospel according to Matthew     22
The Gospel according to Luke     35
The Acts of the Apostles     42
The Community of the Word
The Gospel according to John     53
The Letters of First, Second, and Third John     68
Theological Problem and Introduction to Pauline Thought
Introducing Paul     77
The First and Second Letters to the Thessalonians     80
The Letter to the Ephesians     86
The Rest of Paul's Letters
The Letter to the Galatians     97
The First Letter to the Corinthians     101
The Second Letter to the Corinthians     108
The Letter to the Romans     114
The Letter to Philemon     124
The Letter to the Philippians     127
Cosmic Christ Served by Good Deeds and Growing Ministry
The Letter to the Colossians     137
The Letter of James     141
The First and Second Lettersto Timothy, and the Letter to Titus     149
Christians in Crisis
The First Letter of Peter     159
The Letter of Jude     165
The Second Letter of Peter     168
Jesus as Helper, and Christ as Risen Lord
The Letter to the Hebrews     173
The Book of Revelation     181
Bibliography     195

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