The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by John Paul Heil

TRS 210 Introduction to the New Testament

Study of the writings of the New Testament with special focus on the Four Gospels, The Acts of the Apostles, and the Pauline letters. Will cover the history and methods for interpreting the New Testament, especially in light of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Divine Revelation.

TRS 504B Introduction to the New Testament (graduate)

An overview of the New Testament books that provides essential background for understanding the texts of the New Testament. This course will examine the idea of the New Testament (canon), various methods of study of the New Testament, the Church's understanding as to how the New Testament is to be studied, and the theological notion of inspiration.

TRS 609 The Gospell According to John

Considers major introductory questions: author, literary history, and the time and circumstances that produced the canonical Gospel. Consideration of major passages. Special attention to an understanding of the narrative design of the Gospel and its contribution to the development of Christian understanding of God, the Christ, and the Christian community.

TRS 811A The Gospel According to Matthew

After a presentation of Matthew as the traditional "Gospel of the Church" and contemporary Matthean scholarship, the overall structure and message of the Gospel will be discussed. Detailed analysis of selected passages of the Gospel of Matthew, devoting particular attention to the contribution made by this Gospel to the development of early Church christology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Prerequisite: Biblical Greek.

TRS 814K Pastoral Epistles

An introduction into the problems of authenticity, place, and time of composition; the texts of the three Pastoral Epistles are exegeted in order. Prerequisite: Biblical Greek.

TRS 814M Epistle to the Hebrews

TRS 814N Philemon, Colossians and Philippians

After a consideration of recent research on Paul's Letters to Philemon, to the Colossians, and to the Philippians, particularly with regard to their literary structures, the Seminar will conduct an exegetical analysis these three letters. Students will write and present exegetical papers, which they will revise in light of the critiques offered by the participants of the Seminar.