MIN202: New Testament Foundations

Course Description

This class is designed to introduce you to a “life of Jesus” survey that concentrates on the historical accounts in the Gospels, beginning at the announcement of his birth to his ascension after his death at Calvary. It will also explore how Jesus’ life is witnessed to through Paul’s letters, the General Epistles, and the book of Revelation.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the historical context which surrounded Jesus at the time of his appearing in his public ministry, including the various details which defined Rome’s domination of the world and their relationship to Jesus’ contemporaries and be able to outline the overall chronology of events in the New Testament as well as relate those events to the life of Christ.
  2. Explain the critical perspectives and processes associated with a profitable study of the life of Christ. 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.
  3. Show how from the New Testament Scriptures that Jesus’ Messianic identity is powerfully revealed through his perfect life and character, his masterful leadership of the Apostles, his submissive sonship to his Father, and his resurrection from the dead.
  4. Interpret the New Testament text according to established principles of Biblical hermeneutics, with sensitivity to issues such as literary genre, style, and cultural context and apply the New Testament’s moral teachings to contemporary social issues and to one’s personal conduct.
  5. Identify how specific scriptural texts have personally shaped their own life during the course as they have participated in spiritual practices such as memorization and meditation upon Scripture.


Course Materials & Tuition 

The New Testament Witness to Christ and His Kingdom. Don L. Davis. 290 pages. ASIN: B007FWY0T8$9.99
The Incomparable Christ, John Stott. 264 pages.  ASIN: B00EA3KGSY$9.99
Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey, Walter A. Elwell, Robert W. Yarbrough. 448 pages.   ISBN-10: 0801039649$28.69
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 $3.00
Total Cost of Course$801.67