An introduction to the authorship and contents of the New Testament books. Special attention will be given to important persons, places, events, as well as to key chapters in the New Testament revelation.
The New Testament is the product of divine inspiration; as such it is God’s ultimate message to humanity and specifies how humans can enter into and maintain a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is essential for Christians to both read the NT devotionally and study it at an academic level in order to gain insight about God, human identity, the consequences of sin, God’s provision of salvation through Jesus Christ, and principles for living an abundant life for Christ.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the instructor’s prompt provided for each discussion. The threads must be at least 250 words (no more than 300 words) and demonstrate course-related knowledge, using the course texts and/or scholarly sources to support the content with at least one citation. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 75–100 words. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. (CLOs: A, B, C, D) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2, CC 3)
Reflective Reading Assignments (3)
The student will complete three Reflective Reading Assignments that allow the exploration of the micro-reading process in its engagement of the New Testament. Consulting the relevant course texts, the student will answer questions about their readings, submitting them in a provided template (CLOs: A, C, D) (FSLOs: CC 3)
New Testament Bible Study: Part 1 – Preparation Assignment
The student will complete the first part of the New Testament Bible Study Assignment that allows him or her to learn the process of academic research, formatting, and writing, building toward the full completion of the New Testament Bible Study: Part 2 – Final Paper Assignment. The assignment be one document with a title page (1 page), introduction with thesis statement and citations (1 page), and a preliminary source list (1 page). (CLOs: A, B, C) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2)
New Testament Bible Study: Part 2 – Final Paper Assignment
The student will complete the New Testament Bible Study: Part 2 – Final Paper Assignment, where they will demonstrate correct use of the hermeneutical method in order to properly study and understand a passage of Scripture. The student will seek to discover what can be learned regarding the questions of Jesus in the Gospel narratives, applying the various steps when he or she is studying using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. In this assignment, the student will also relate the particular passage to the redemptive narrative of Scripture. Rather than using the typical research paper format, this assignment will be completed using a template developed from Everyday Bible Study. In order to fully complete the New Testament Bible Study Assignment, the student will consult, interact with, and document the course texts The Inquisitive Christ and Everyday Bible Study, as well as at least three (3) additional scholarly sources using the academic formatting style of their degree program (APA, MLA, or Turabian). Refer to the "Course Policies" in the course syllabus for the formatting expectations in this course. (CLOs: A, B, C, D) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2, CC 3)
The student will complete three learning assessments in the form of quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 40-minute time limit. (CLOs: A, B) (FSLOs: CC 2)
Extra Credit Assessment
The student will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. The student will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which the general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. The student is strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into the student's score but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).