New Testament Orientation II – NBST 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A continuation of NBST 515 with a general 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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe key features of the historical and cultural context of the New Testament.
  2. Describe the major events of Acts and the life of Paul.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical setting, major themes, interpretive issues, and literary genres of Acts and the Pauline Epistles.
  4. Evaluate the influence of the Old Testament on the theological emphases of Acts and the Pauline Epistles.
  5. Construct an evidence-based research project of a key issue or problem in New Testament studies.

 

Course Assignment

Bible readings, textbook readings, videos, and presentations. (MLOs: A, B, C, D.)

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 2 Discussion Board Forums during the course in which the student will post a thread in response to the Discussion Board prompt and then respond to 2 different students’ threads. Each Discussion Board thread must contain at least 400 words; each reply must contain at least 200 words. Any sources used, including textbooks, assigned videos or presentations, or outside resources must be documented with parenthetical citations and a bibliography of sources used. (MLO: A, B, C, D.)

Research Project

Students will write a paper on Michael Bird’s, Four Views on the Apostle Paul, not to exceed 15 pages in length, double spaced. In the paper the student will do five things:

  • Introduce the book to the reader, identifying the contributors and assessing their perspectives and qualifications to write on the subject;
  • Briefly summarize the perspectives and central thesis of each contributor;
  • Choose one perspective with which the student has the most agreement and describe his/her reasons why this perspective makes the most sense.
  • Choose one perspective with which the student has the most disagreement and describe his/her reasons why this perspective makes the least sense.
  • Based on the student’s reading of, and interaction with, the various perspectives in the book, briefly describe his/her own understanding of Paul’s perspective on the four key areas each contributor addressed, identifying where his/her perspective has changed, if at all, after reading the book:
    • Salvation
    • Significance of Christ
    • Paul’s basic theological framework
    • Paul’s vision for the church.

(MLOs: A, B, C, D, E.)

Reading Reports (8)

The student will complete the required reading each module/week and report the completion of reading each module/week in Blackboard. (MLOs: A, B, C, D.)

Presentation Reports (8)

The student will complete the required visual presentations (video and PointeCast) each module/week and report the completion each module/week in Blackboard. (MLOs: A, B, C, D.)

Exams (4)

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