About the Course
NT Foundations I (NT101) is a general introduction to the Four Gospels and Acts. Students can expect a survey of major interpretive approaches, as well as a consideration of historical and cultural issues. These include the Synoptic Problem and the literary relationship of the Gospels; the problem of the historical Jesus; the genre, historical setting, message and structure of each of the Gospels and Acts.
It will be based on David Wenham and Steve Walton, Exploring the New Testament Volume One: The Gospels and Acts (2d ed; Downers Grove: IVP and London: SPCK, 2011), (ENT 1) which may be purchased from BGST Book Corner.
Upon completion of the course, it is hoped that the student will:
- be familiar with the historical, cultural and religious environment in which Jesus and his early followers lived, and so gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the message of Jesus of Nazareth in the setting of first-century Palestinian Judaism.
- be able to articulate and appreciate the basic outlines, contents, and distinctive theological contributions of each of the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostle.
- be familiar with, and be able to evaluate the scholarly theories of relationships among the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke), and John.
- be able to interact with critical approaches and methods used to interpret the Gospels and Acts.
- have a knowledge of the past and current state of Life of Jesus research.
- be able to appreciate the ways by which time- and culturally-bound texts may yet be applied in today’s cultural, ethical, and religious settings.
- Wenham, David and Steve Walton. Exploring the New Testament Volume One: The Gospels and Acts. 2d Ed. Downers Grove: IVP and London: SPCK, 2011.
- Longenecker Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A story from the New Testament World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.
- Book Review (20%)
- Passage Compare (10%)
- 5 Reading Reports (10%
- Short Essay (10%)
- Essay (50%)