What this course is about
This course is designed to take someone through the basic principles required to understand the New Testament in the Bible. Since the New Testament is around 1900 years old, there is a need to be grounded in the history and theology of the original audience. The course will take learners through the basics of the New Testament background as well as a survey of each book of the New Testament. By having a good starting foundation, reading and understanding the New Testament will be far more likely. This course is a must for anyone who wants to get better acquainted with the Bible and who wants help in overcoming some interpretative challenges.
Who should be doing this course?
‘Reading the New Testament’ is aimed at anyone who is interested in reading the Bible with sound principles of interpretation. This may include people who:
- Want to understand the Bible better
- Want to teach the contents of the Bible more accurately
- Are in leadership positions in a church.
The course not only explains the background to the New Testament, but also principles of interpretation. Each book of the New Testament is surveyed in order to give a solid foundation to anyone interested in reading the Bible.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Understand the basic background that set the scene for the New Testament.
- Identify the difference between the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s life.
- Understand the basic narrative of Acts and how the rest of the New Testament relates to the book of Acts.
- Identify the letters ascribed to Paul and understand some of his stylistic approach.
- Understand the basic purpose and dating of each of Paul’s letters.
- Understand the basic purpose and dating of each of the non-Pauline letters.
How your course mark is calculated?
Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!
Study at your own pace!
We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!