New Testament Introduction
New Testament Introduction (NTI) sets the stage for understanding the NT in light of the first century world in which it was composed, in a manner that is cognizant of the language and literary forms used by its authors, and engages the foundational ideas by which the NT authors relied and employed the OT to support their new writings. The course will touch six broad topics: historical backgrounds, the nature of Biblical Greek, Jesus and the Gospels, Paul and his letters, intertextuality, and the formation of New Testament theology.
Teachers of introductory courses must always decide between digging deep in a singular domain and providing a broad (though basic) sweep of a topic. This course is designed at introducing the broad array of topics necessary for understanding the NT. The learning outcomes should be assessed in light of that choice. Students will 1) identify particular hermeneutical principles and historical backgrounds that are of immediate relevance to understanding the NT, 2) gain a basic understanding of the transmission process related to NT textual criticism by means of comparing various editions of the Greek NT, 3) formulate a basic theological analysis of Paul’s letter to Philemon, and 4) classify the different ways the NT uses the OT.
While all of these outcomes are general in nature, the practice of working through these topics routinely will sharpen the students’ ability to understand the NT as a whole and in its individual parts.
- 15% - Course Reading
- 25% - Online Quizzes over Reading
- 35% - Five Questions, Five Sentences (5 @ 5 sentences)
- 25% - New Testament Theology Paper (1 @ 5 pages)