The Bible- An Introduction to the New Testament
What you'll learn
- This course will prepare you to set out on an in depth study of the New Testament
This class is an “introduction” to the New Testament. It is not designed to make us experts in the twenty seven books it contains, but rather to provide a foundation from which we can engage in further, more detailed study of them.
The class will be divided into three major sections. In the first, we will look at the context of the New Testament. It is set within the Roman culture of the first century and its documents were produced by citizens of that culture. For us to truly understand what God is communicating to us through the pages of the New Testament, we must first understand what he was communicating to them.
The second section will examine the New Testament documents themselves; not from the perspective of what they say, but rather from the perspective of what they are, how they were produced and transmitted to us, and how we can be sure that they are reliable.
Finally, we will look briefly at the content of the books of the New Testament recognizing that a thorough study of them is well beyond the intent of this class. We will look at them as groups of writings that contain many literary similarities. We will pay close attention to their genres as a key to understanding the intent of the author, and thus, the meaning for us.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who is interested in learning more about the New Testament
Hi. My name is Scott Metz and I am the founder and instructor for Seminary At Church, a newly designed Adult Discipleship and Education Program. I earned a Masters of Theological Studies Degree from the Anderson University School of Theology in 2009 where I was recognized for Professional Distinction In Pastoral Theology. One of the requirements for this course was the design of a practical ministry initiative, which was the genesis for this program. In 2010, a paper describing this program was under consideration for publication in the Journal of Adult Theological Education. Since then, I have continued to build on nearly 20 years experience in teaching adult theological education in the local church setting.