This course will provide students with a broad overview of the social, political, and religious world of the New Testament and of central issues in New Testament interpretation such as the quest for the historical Jesus, the relationship between the four gospels, the role of Paul in the emerging Christian movement, and the centrality of the resurrection to the life and theology of the early Church. After studying these foundational topics, we will move on to survey key books of the New Testament, taking into account the literary, historical, and theological significance of these texts.
Required Reading (choice one of the following)
Boring, M. Eugene. An Introduction to the New Testament: History, Literature, Theology. Louisville Kentucky: Westminster John Knox, 2012.
Brown. Raymond. An Introduction to the New Testament. New York: Doubleday, 1997.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. The Writings of the New Testament. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.