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Course CVC 341 - New Testament Survey

SKU: CVC 341

New Testament Survey (3 credits)

This course provides a general introduction to the New Testament Scriptures – their historical context, interpretation, primary teachings, and relevance for today.  At the end of this course students should be able to:

Professor: Bonita Smith

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the background and context in which the New Testament books were written, including their historical, political, and cultural setting, as well as issues related to the human authorship of the books, such as theories of authorship, dates of composition, and their reception into the New Testament canon.
  2. Interpret the New Testament text according to established principles of Biblical hermeneutics, with sensitivity to issues such as literary genre, style, and cultural context.
  3. Understand the historical sequence of New Testament events, specifically by outlining the chronology of events in the Gospels, with attention to issues of harmonization, by outlining the spread of Christianity in Acts, and being able to sequence the epistles chronologically.
  4. Identify and articulate the key themes of the New Testament, with particular attention to the person and work of Christ, the nature of the Holy Spirit, the means of salvation, and the nature of the Church.
  5. Apply the New Testament’s moral teachings to contemporary social issues and to one’s personal conduct.


Title   Cost

The New Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom. Don L. Davis. 290 pages. ASIN: B007FWY0T8


The Incomparable Christ, John Stott. 264 pages.  ASIN: B00EA3KGSY


Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, Walter A. Elwell, Robert W. Yarbrough. 448 pages.   ISBN-10: 0801039649


To Understand the Bible Look for Jesus, Norman L. Geisler. 128 pages. Kindle version available here, retitled for e-version as Christ: The Theme of the Bible.   ASIN: B01AYYZOMK

This book is also used in OT Survey, so if you took that class, you don't need to purchase it again.


Strongly Recommended:

Study Bible. If you don't already have one I recommend the NIV or ESV Study Bibles. Kindle versions are available: NIV (kindle version) or ESV (kindle version). There are some free online options I will explain in the syllabus.

Total Tuition Cost   $700.00
Total Cost of Course, including Books (at Full Price)   $751.67


To register for this course:

  1. If you are not already a student: Apply Now & agree to the terms of the included Enrollment Agreement. Once your application is approved, log in to Populi to register.
  2. If you are a student: log in to Populi, and register from your student dashboard.

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