New Testament Orientation II – NBST 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/27/2022

Course Description

A continuation of NBST 515 with a general emphasis and special introduction of Acts and the Pauline Epistles. The study of hermeneutics will continue with emphasis upon word meaning, figures of speech, and other linguistic matters.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


NBST 520 helps students develop a systematic, unified, and complete understanding of the New Testament, which is absolutely essential for those in ministry leadership.

Course Assignment

Bible readings, textbook readings, and presentations (MLO's: A, B, C, D)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must participate in 2 Discussions during the course in which the student must post a thread in response to the Discussion's prompt and then respond to 2 students’ threads or replies. Each Discussion thread must contain at least 400 words; each reply must contain at least 200 words. All sources used, including textbooks and presentations, must be documented in current Turabian format. (CLO's: A, B, C, D.)

Reflective Paper Assignment

The student will review the video submitted in the Video Report Assignment in which they described the Paul they understood at the time, and then write a reflective paper of not less than 10 nor more than 15 pages, double-spaced, excluding title page, footnotes, and bibliography, comparing the Paul they described in that video to the Paul they have now come to know through a serious study of Acts and Paul’s Letters. The paper must be in current Turabian format with all sources documented with appropriate footnotes and bibliography. References to the text of Acts and Paul's Letters may be included in the body with parenthetical citations. (CLO's: A, B, C, D, E)

Video Report Assignment

Using a cell phone, tablet, or camera-equipped computer, the student will shoot a 3-minute video of themselves reporting on the Apostle Paul for a local television news program and upload the video to complete the assignment. The video should be aimed at a modern audience hearing about Paul for the first time. The video should include what the student considers to be the irreducible minimum of information the television audience must know about Paul in order to know who he was. (CLO's: A, B, D.)

Executive Summary Assignment

The student will compose an executive summary of no more than 500 words of Michael Bird's Four Views on the Apostle Paul. The executive summary must be done in current Turabian format. References to the biblical text and the Bird volume may be included in the body of the paper with parenthetical citations, but other sources, if used, must be cited with footnotes. (CLO's: A, B, C)

Quizzes (4)

The student will take 4 quizzes, each focusing on material from the 2 most recent modules: weeks. Each quiz contains 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, is open-book/open-notes, and must be completed in 1 hour. (CLO's: A, B, C, D)