This course provides a general introduction to the New Testament writings, from the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation. Theological and missional contributions, distinctives, and interrelationships will be considered, as well as the authorship, date, historical context, occasion, structure, and purpose of each writing. Special attention will be given to methods of interpretation and relevance for contemporary ministry situations.
Learning Outcomes/Course Goals
Completion of this course should result in (1) the ability to explain theological and missional contributions of the individual NT writings, (2) the growing ability to identify and utilize internal structures, literary features, and historical contexts in the interpretation of the NT writings, and (3) opportunities to reflect on the significance of NT texts for biblical theology, personal discipleship, and ministry situations.
Weekly online video instruction coordinated with textbook reading and online forum reflections/discussions. 2 video conference calls to address specific content questions. Workload: approximately three hours per week.
A more critical English translation (vs. paraphrase) of the Bible – NRSV, ESV, NIV, NASB, NKJV, NLT, or the internet-based NET. (Some use “verbal/formal equivalence” translation guidelines, while others use “dynamic/functional equivalence” translation guidelines. The NKJV differs in providing footnoted reference to the “critical” NT Greek texts (UBS4 or NA27) used in the other translations while translating from the Textus Receptus.)
deSilva, David A. An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation.
Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004. [Selected readings]
Highly Recommended Resource
Patzia, Aruthur G., and Anthone J. Petrotta. Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies.
Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
Green, Joel B., Scot McKnight, and I. Howard Marshall. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1992.
Hawthorne, Gerald F., Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid. Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.
Downers Grove, Ill.: Intervarsity Press, 1993.
Hooker, Morna D. Beginnings: Keys that Open the Gospels.
London: SCM Press Ltd., 1997.
Martin, Ralph P., and Peter H. Davids. Dictionary of the Later New Testament.
Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1997.
(“Satisfactory” evaluation required for completion of the course)
1. Weekly online posts and participation in online forum related to video instruction, class notes, and textbook reading
2. Final essay (3–5 pages) that demonstrates the integration of course content with a contextual personal or ministry issue of biblical interpretation
3. Participation in video-conference calls