Apologetics and the New Testament – NBST 640

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

Course Description

An investigation of key issues in the study of the New Testament with a focus upon defending the truthfulness of the New Testament. Focused attention will be given to the Synoptic Problem, historical Jesus studies, the historicity of Acts, as well as theories of the development of New Testament Christology and claims of early, competing Christianities.

Prerequisites: APOL 500 and NBST 610


The study of the accuracy and historical reliability of the New Testament is vital to the defense of Christianity. This course will explore current, key issues related to the truth-claims of the New Testament in order to defend the core of Christianity. In doing so, it will equip the student to defend the veracity of the New Testament against recent criticisms of its claims.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss key issues of methodology, history, and theology as it relates to the key issues of the New Testament.
  2. Evaluate critical issues related to the veracity of the New Testament.
  3. Assess scholarly approaches to the historical issues of the New Testament.
  4. Develop a defense of key historical issues in the New Testament.
  5. Integrate historical, biblical, and theological methodology into a cohesive whole in presenting a defense of the veracity of the New Testament.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. For each thread, the student must integrate biblical principles and cite at least 2 scholarly sources other than the course textbooks and the Bible in current Turabian format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. The student must include a word count at the end of each thread and reply.

Research Paper – Topic and Bibliography

The student will submit the topic for his or her Research Paper along with 10 scholarly sources other than the course textbooks and the Bible cited in current Turabian format.

Critical Evaluations (2)

For each Critical Evaluation, the student will write a 1,000–1,200-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the selected portions of the Ehrman and Kruger textbooks. Approximately half of each Critical Evaluation (500–600 words) must be a summary of the applicable textbook, while the other half must be a critique of the textbook’s strengths and weaknesses. Each Critical Evaluation must include citations from the course textbooks and the Bible.

Research Paper

The student will write a 2,000–2,500-word, research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the subject of New Testament reliability or the defense of high Christology. The paper must reference at least 10 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible and include a bibliography.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week and the immediately preceding module/week. Exams 1 and 3 will contain 15 multiple-choice and true/false questions, 1 matching question, and 1 short essay question. Exams 2 and 4 will contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 1 short essay question. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and have a 30-minute time limit.