The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by Frank Matera

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 312: The Letters of Paul

The setting of the Pauline letters in primitive Christianity; principal themes of Paul's correspondence with the early Christian communities, especially Pauline Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology.

TRS 607: The Synoptic Gospels

An introduction to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. After a discussion of the synoptic problem and the nature of the Gospel material, each Gospel is studied in terms of its historical setting and theology.

TRS 610: The Pauline Letters

An introduction to the canonical letters attributed to St. Paul. Lectures focus on the nature of Paul's letters, the circumstances which occasioned them, and the theology of Paul reflected in his writings

TRS 707A: New Testament Christology

An examination of the Christologies found in the writings of the New Testament.

TRS 709A: New Testament Ethics

An examination of the moral teaching in the writings of the New Testament, with special attention to the Gospels and the Pauline Epistles.

TRS 811C: The Gospel of Luke

An introduction to the contemporary study of the Gospel of Luke: the use of the Gospel of Mark, the Q Source, the possibility of a "proto-Luke," and the literary and theological unity of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. The overall structure and message of Luke-Acts. Detailed analysis of select passages from the Gospel of Luke, devoting special attention to the unique contribution of this Gospel to the early Church's Christology and Soteriology.

TRS 813 : The Acts of the Apostles

A survey of exegetical and theological approaches to the interpretation of Acts; exegesis of selected passages.

TRS 814E: Second Corinthians

An investigation of the letter's historical background in light of Paul's dealings with the church at Corinth; a consideration of the letter's literary integrity; an exegetical study of major texts.

TRS 814F: The Epistle to the Romans

After an introduction to the circumstances of composition and the literary structure of the epistle, key pericopes are exegeted with a view to grasping Paul's mature theology.

TRS 814G: Galatians and Philippians

An exegetical study that focuses upon the Pauline concepts of law, justification, and righteousness.