NT302/502 Early New Testament Church
This subject (along with Jesus & the Gospels) forms the foundation for advanced studies in the New Testament. This includes the beginnings and expansion of the church in the apostolic age; the major issues confronted in, and the main teaching of, a selection of the New Testament epistles.
This subject introduces you to the birth and expansion of the church according to the Acts of the Apostles against the cultural, religious and political background of first century Greco-Roman world, and to the letters of the New Testament and the Apocalypse, their characteristics and major themes.
Special attention is given to the life and preaching of the Jerusalem church, and the mission of St Paul.
|Subject Code||NT302 - Undergraduate|
|NT502 - Graduate|
|Study Modes||MST Wantirna Campus or MST CBD Campus or Distance|
|Next Available||Semester 2, 2017|
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.
The Distance mode of this subject will require a time commitment of roughly 10-12 hours per week in total.
Assessments will be advised first week of class.
Recommended Text Books
- Achtemeier, Green & Thompson, Introducing the New Testament: Its
Literature and Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
- Barnett, P., Jesus and the Rise of Early Christianity (Illinois: IVP,
- Peterson, David G., The Acts of the Apostles (Pillar NT Commentary:
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).
- Ladd, G. E., A Theology of the New Testament. Revised (Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994).