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Summer 2013/Phoenix




DESCRIPTION: New Testament Introduction orients students to the literature of the New Testament in its various literary, historical, and theological contexts and to New Testament interpretation in service of Christian practice.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Anyone who wants a biblical perspective to inform their life, their work and their ministry needs to become well acquainted with the contents of the New Testament books and the helpful ways in which different methods and approaches can illuminate, and enrich an understanding of those books.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Having successfully completed this course, students will have demonstrated that they (1) have an introductory knowledge of the literature, history, and theology of the New Testament; (2) can identify a range of questions (e.g., historical, literary, canonical) that might be addressed to particular New Testament texts and explore those questions in the process of interpreting particular New Testament texts; (3) can identify significant, critical resources for New Testament study and deploy those sources critically in New Testament study; (4) are able to take into account the varied contexts of both the biblical materials and their contemporary interpreters; and (5) can read the New Testament in ways that foster faithful Christian practice.

COURSE FORMAT: Class time will be (roughly) equally divided between lectures on content and method, and hands-on application and group discussion. A high degree of student participation is expected; students will be responsible for preparing assigned passages of the New Testament to discuss in class. Class will meet over ten days: Monday-Thursday, and Saturdays.


The NRSV, TNIV, or CEB translation of the New Testament.

Adevemo, Tokunboh, editor. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars. Zondervan, 2010. ISBN: 978-0310291879, Pub. Price $39.99.

Green, Joel B. Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007. ISBN: 978-0687023554, Pub. Price $25.00 [185 pp.]

Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0800663612, Pub. Price $49.00 [544 pp.]

Longenecker, Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002. ISBN: 978-0801026072, Pub. Price $17.99 [192 pp.]

Theissen, Gerd. The Shadow of the Galilean. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007. ISBN: 978-0800639006, Pub. Price $23.00 [232 pp.]


  1. Completion of all assigned reading including the NT in the NRSV, TNIV, or CEB translation as recorded in a course journal (10%)

  2. Two interpretative assignments on select passages (2-3 pages each; 15% each = 30%)

  3. A critical review of either The Shadow of the Galilean or, The Lost Letters of Pergamum (4-5 pages) (30%)

  4. A final research paper on an assigned NT text (6-7 pages) (30%)


RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets Seminary Core Requirement (SCR) for MATM, MAICS, MAFS, MACL (effective Winter 2010).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.