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 of 250-300 words in response to the instructor’s prompt, provided for each discussion. Each thread must include at least 1 scholarly citation. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads with 75-100 words per reply. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. The student will complete two Discussion Assignments. (CLOs: A, B, C, D) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2, CC 3, CC 5)
Reflective Reading Assignments (3)
The student will complete three Reflective Readings 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 5)
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. This assignment will consist of a title page, introduction with thesis statement, and preliminary source list. At least 3 scholarly sources must be cited in addition to the Bible and course texts. (CLOs: A, B, C) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2, CC 3)
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 Gospels’ narratives, applying the various steps when he or she is studying and using the technique of observation, interpretation, correlation, and application. The assignment will consist of all sections of New Testament Bible Study: Part 1 - Preparation Assignment (title page, introduction with thesis statement, and source list). In additional to these sections, the student will complete a provided template as the body of the assignment. At least 3 scholarly sources must be cited in addition to the Bible and course texts. (CLOs: A, B, C, D) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 2, CC 3, CC 4, CC 5)
The student will complete the Content Engagement Assignment, a chart designed to track with the Read/Watch content assigned throughout the course. For each module, the student will engage with the assigned content by providing a one-sentence summary of key points. (CLOs: B) (FSLOs: CC 3, CC 5)
The student will complete three learning assessments in the form of quizzes. Each quiz will cover the key facts under the “Setting” heading for each New Testament book found in Approaching the New Testament. These assessments will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions per quiz, and have a 40 minute time limit. (CLOs: A, B) (FSLOs: CC 1, CC 4)
Extra Credit GENED Assessment Test
The student may complete a comprehensive General Education Assessment for extra credit. Questions are drawn from the six foundation skills (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). Extra credit point(s) will be awarded for each correct response and will be factored into overall student grades.