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The New Testament is the most significant collection of writings from the ancient world. This collection of books has been regarded as the Church’s Scriptures since the first centuries of her existence, providing for the Church her primary witness to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. They did not fall into the Church’s lap, ready-made and leather-bound into a single book. Rather, they were written by a variety of authors in a variety of places throughout the first and early second centuries. They have different theological perspectives and emphases. Introduction to the New Testament, developed by Dr. Josh McManaway, will be a guide to recognizing and analyzing these books both individually, so as to respect their distinct theological voices, as well as a canon of Scripture read by the Church.
Unit 1: The Greco-Roman and Jewish Backgrounds to the New Testament
Unit 2: The Gospels
Unit 3: Gospels and Parables
Unit 4: Acts
Unit 5: Other Letters
Unit 6: Canon and Interpretation
- Seven weeks in duration; first week for orientation.
- Up to 20 students in each course.
- Video lectures with text transcripts available.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (200-250) required.
- Facilitator-moderated weekly Zoom sessions with participants.
- View or read the lecture for each unit.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussions.
- Answer weekly discussion question.
- Respond to weekly unit assignment.
- Attend weekly Zoom for each unit. If you cannot attend, you can still meet the participation requirements.
- Complete the course evaluation.
3 to 5 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
An electronic certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be available in course when completing all course requirements.
Course Begins: January 2023