|About the Director|
Lecturer, Department of Religion
Dr. Dodson began teaching at Baylor University in 2007 after receiving his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Baylor in 2006. His area of research and academic interest is in the Gospels and Acts as well as other early Jewish and Christian narratives. He also has an interest in the hermeneutical task of appropriating the Christian scriptures for theological and ethical reflection. Dr. Dodson is also an ordained minister, having served as pastor in churches in Kentucky and Texas. Dr. Dodson will be joined in St. Andrews with his wife Sherrie, who works in University Development, and his daughter Emily, a then-to-be 8th grader.
This course offers a detailed study of the so-called "infancy narratives" in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Our reception of these texts has tended to be a harmonized version, so that our traditional Christmas plays and crèches combine elements from both Gospels-shepherds, angels, and a manger along with magi and a star. Our curriculum, however, will take seriously the unique accounts of each Gospel. We will explore these texts primarily in terms of their literary and theological functions, but questions of history and tradition will also be considered. Our study will be guided by Raymond Brown's magisterial The Birth of the Messiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, updated edition (Doubleday, 1993).
All students will be required to take Dr. Dodson's course while attending the Baylor in St. Andrews program. All other courses will be chosen from the 2013-2014 St. Andrews's University course list.
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