Survey of the New Testament

Course Description: An introduction to the tools and background necessary for understanding, interpreting, and applying the New Testament to contemporary life, designed to prepare students to intelligently discuss factual material in the New Testament and to make clear critical judgments regarding the validity of various interpretations of the New Testament. Required of all full-time students in the second semester.

Course Schedule

DateClass DiscussionAssignment Due
8.24Introduction and Orientation
8.26Syllabus
8.28Finding Our Place in the StoryOutline Academic Journal
ENT: 1
8.31First Century CultureENT: 2
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 5.1-12
9.2The Reliability of the New TestamentWatch: Can We Trust the Gospels?
9.5OFF: Labor Day
9.7Birth and Genealogy of JesusENT: 3;
Matt 1-3; Mark 1; Luke 1-2
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 5.13-20
9.9Baptism and TemptationENT: 4;
Matt 4-5, Luke 2-5
9.12Teachings of Jesus: LostnessENT: 5,
Matt 18, Luke 15
9.14Teachings of Jesus: Good SamaritanLuke 10
Interview Assignment
9.16Miracles of Jesus: Feeding 5,000ENT 9:
Matt 14, Mark 6, Luke 9
9.19Parables of JesusSabbath Reflection: Matthew 5.21-26
9.21Q&AENT: 6;
Matt 8-13, Mark 8-10, Luke 16-18
9.23Group Presentation PrepENT: 8;
Matt 13, 25, Mark 4; Luke 8-14
9.26Trial, Crucifixion of JesusMatt 26-28,
Mark 14-16,
Luke 22-24
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 5.27-32
9.28Gospel of John: John 1ENT: 10;
John 1-5
9.30Gospel of John: I am statementsENT: 7;
John 6-10
10.3Gospel of John: SignsJohn 11-13
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 5.33-48
10.5High Priestly PrayerENT 11;
John 14-17
10.7Early Church: PeterActs 1-7
10.10Early Church: PeterENT 13-14;
Acts 8-12
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 6.1-18
10.12Early Church: PaulENT 15-16;
Acts 13-20
10.14Early Church: PaulActs 21-28
Journal Check
10.17Group Presentation PrepSabbath Reflection: Matthew 6. 19-34
10.19OFF: Conference
10.21OFF: Conference
10.24OFF: Fall Break
10.26-28OFF: Conference
10.31Romans: Gospel DoctrineENT: 17;
Romans 1-8
11.2Romans: Gospel CultureENT 18;
Romans 9-16
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 7.1-11
11.4Galatians: Getting the Gospel RightENT 19;
Galatians 1-2; 1 Corinthians 1-3, 6-7, 15
11.7Galatians: Gospel LifeENT 21;
Galatians 3-6; Colossians
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 7.12-20
11.91 John: Am I really a Christian?1-3 John
11.11Centrality of the ChurchENT Epilogue;
Ephesians 1-6  
Sabbath Reflection: Matthew 7.21-23
11.14Last Things and HopeRevelation 1-5, 19-22
11.16Group Presentations 
11.18Group PresentationsENT 22;
Hebrews 1-5, 11-13
11.21-25OFF: Thanksgiving Break
11.28Group PresentationsENT 23;
1 Peter, Jude
11.30Group PresentationsENT 24  
12.2Group PresentationsJournal Check
12.5Group PresentationsSabbath Reflection: Matthew 7.24-29
12.7Group Presentations
12.9Review and Q&A
12.14Final Exam