New Testament Introduction
Course code: BITH 501
New Testament Introduction introduces the literature of the New Testament in its socio-historical, literary, and canonical contexts, methods of New Testament study, and critical issues in New Testament formation and interpretation. Attention will be given to analysis of critical views.
- Knowledge of
- The key elements of the background, authorship, chronology, and other introduction issues for the books of the New Testament.
- The content of each chapter in the New Testament.
- Critical methods of New Testament study.
- The socio-historical contexts of the New Testament writings.
- Appreciation for
- The role that issues of NT introduction play in our interpretation of Scripture.
- The responsibility we have to accurately interpret God’s Word and conform our lives to it.
- Gaining of confidence
- In the authority and reliability of the New Testament.
- Ability to
- Engage the major questions of NT study and scholarship, including the nature of Scripture.
- More accurately interpret and apply the New Testament in light of its socio-historical context.
- Identify and critique unbelieving assumptions and conclusions in the study of the New Testament.
- Video lectures (both pre-recorded and synchronous real-time interaction via Google Hangouts) will supplement the class textbooks.
- Students will interact with the readings and video lectures in weekly assignments.
- The final project for the class is a 2500-3000 word research paper on a New Testament critical issue. The paper will explain how a specific NT text (or multiple texts) is clarified by a proper understanding of the critical issue.
- The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament by Andreas Köstenberger, L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles.
- The Historical Reliability of the New Testament: Countering the Challenges to Evangelical Christian Beliefs by Craig Blomberg.