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.
In this beginning lecture, we talk about the layout of the class and what to expect. We begin to explore the idea of context and how it relates to the New Testament.
In this lecture we continue our discussion of the context of the New Testament.
This lecture examines how life in Judea is influenced by the Roman Empire.
This is the first of two lectures that looks at everyday life in the New Testament world and how that influences our reading of the texts.
This is the second lecture that looks at everyday life in the New Testament world and how that influences our reading of the texts.
This lecture begins our examination of the New Testament documents; what they are and how they have come to us through the course of history.
This lecture continues our examination of the New Testament documents; what they are and how they have come to us through the course of history.
This lecture concludes our examination of the New Testament documents; what they are and how they have come to us through the course of history.
In this lecture we begin to look at the New Testament books and how together they tell the story of Christ.
In this lecture we examine the relationship between the four Gospels.
This lecture examines each Gospel and how the author constructed the book to meet his theological purposes.
In this lecture we look at the book of Acts and how it bridges the Gospels and the Epistles. We Also begin to look at the Epistles and what they are.
In this lecture we will look at Paul; who he is and how his background shapes his writings.
In this final lecture, we wrap up the class with a look at the remaining New Testament letters and the book of Revelation.
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.