New Testament Foundations I

NT101, 3 credits [CTS, Grad DipCS, MCS & MDiv Core]



$450 (Credit) $180 (Audit)

* Students from Host Churches are entitled to 20% discount.
* Alumni students are entitled to 10% discount on audit course(s).


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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.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, it is hoped that the student will:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. be familiar with, and be able to evaluate the scholarly theories of relationships among the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark & Luke), and John.
  4. be able to interact with critical approaches and methods used to interpret the Gospels and Acts.
  5. have a knowledge of the past and current state of Life of Jesus research.
  6. 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.

Academic Information

Course Texts:

  1. Wenham, David and Steve Walton. Exploring the New Testament Volume One: The Gospels and Acts. 2d Ed. Downers Grove: IVP and London: SPCK, 2011.
  2. Longenecker Bruce W. The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A story from the New Testament World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.


  1. Book Review (20%)
  2. Passage Compare (10%)
  3. 5 Reading Reports (10%
  4. Short Essay (10%)
  5. Essay (50%)