NT202 Early New Testament Church

This subject examines the spread of the gospel as recorded in the Book of Acts and highlights the teachings of the early church and the issues they faced. It’s all too easy to take snippets from the New Testament and apply them to our lives without any appreciation of how the text was understood by its original recipients. But without this appreciation it is all too easy to misinterpret the New Testament, and accordingly misapply it.

Subject CodeNT202 - Diploma
Pre-requisitesNone
Study ModesMST Wantirna Campus
Next AvailableSemester 2, 2017

Gillian Asquith

Overview

This subject examines the spread of the gospel as recorded in the Book of Acts and highlights the teachings of the early church and the issues they faced. It’s all too easy to take snippets from the New Testament and apply them to our lives without any appreciation of how the text was understood by its original recipients. But without this appreciation it is all too easy to misinterpret the New Testament, and accordingly misapply it.

At the end of this unit you will be familiar with the historical context of the early church, and will be able to explain how the gospel spread beyond its immediate Jewish environment so that Gentiles were incorporated into the covenant community of God.

You will also be able to discuss the major themes of the New Testament epistles and relate them to the particular contexts of their recipients.

    Lecturer

    This subject will be taught by Gillian Asquith.

      Time Commitment

      This subject will require a time commitment of roughly 6-8 hours per week, which is made up of both lecture/in-class time and self directed study.

        Assessments

        Assessments will be advised first week of class.

          Required Textbooks

          • Elwell, Walter A. and Yarbrough, Robert W. Encountering the New Testament: A Historical and Theological Survey (3rd Ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013). [mybooktable book="encountering-the-new-testament-a-historical-and-theological-survey" display="buybuttons" buybutton_shadowbox="true"]

          Alternative directed readings will also be set from the following title if you would prefer a more challenging textbook:

          • Achtemeier, Paul J., Green, Joel B. and Thompson, Marianne Meye: Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).

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