Our first two weeks were oriented around an introduction to Modern Bible Scholarship. I know it was a whirlwind but that’s more or less the nature of the beast. Thanks for keeping up! We won’t return to our discussion of the Gospel of Mark; if you’d like to know which points I would have raised, just flip through the slides we didn’t get to.
We now turn to the narrative of the course. To be certain that everyone understands the outline of that narrative, we’ll look at the Ideas (Basic) Timeline. Please be sure to read the text which appears below the timeline as you move your cursor over each of the horizontal bars. (If you’re not using Chrome as your browser, do yourself a favor and install it now!)
We then turn to Ong and Frankfort, which I consider challenging indeed! Rather than continue with the presentation/discussion style we’ve had during the first two weeks, I’d like to try an alternative — which will work only with your full participation. You, the study group members, will set the agenda for the discussion at the outset. I’ll ask for suggestions for issues and topics to be discussed and we’ll formulate a list. Then we’ll discuss the items on the list.
If you possibly can, please read Book One of the Iliad so we can refer to it during our discussion. I can anticipate that we won’t have time to make it the focus of our discussion until our fourth week but it’s assigned because it provides more accessible examples for the assertions of Frankfort which he illustrates with less familiar Babylonian and Egyptian examples.