|The 1101 Spring 2004 Quiz #4 makeup||3/22/04||Name:______________________|
Discuss the issue of pseudonymity generally as it applies to New Testament writings. Which New Testament books are scholars most likely to consider pseudonymous? What sorts of things suggest to scholars that a work is not authentic? What sorts of arguments can be brought to the table to defend a work against such criticisms? Briefly discuss the particular case of Colossians as regards its authenticity.
What was dominant view of women and sexuality in Christianity in the second century (different questions)? How do the Acts of Peter and the Acts of Paul reflect these views? How does the story of Thecla run counter to some of these views? Put all this in the context of the predominantly ascetic view held by leading Christians in this period. How did asceticism generally impact Christian leaders' views of women?