Early New Testament Church

Subject Code NT202 - Undergraduate
NT502- Graduate
TitleEarly New Testament Church
Study Modes On Campus, Distance, Intensive
Next Available2015, Semester 2
TypeRegular or Elective


This subject (along with Content & Setting of the Gospel Tradition) forms the foundation for advanced studies in the New Testament. 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.

Prerequisites and Exclusions

There are no pre-requisites for this subject.

Time Commitment

Early New Testament Church will require a time commitment on behalf of the student. If you are studying online you will need to commit to approximately 10 hours per week. If you are studying on campus you will need to commit to 3 hours of lecture time and approximately 7 hours private study per week.
Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.

Learning Outcomes

  • To teach the features of the theology and expansion of the early church, particularly as they are reflected in the Acts of the Apostles.
  • To study the background to and teaching of selected epistles of the New Testament.


This subject offers study of the historical background and contents of the New Testament, with special reference to the birth and growth of Christianity in the Apostolic age.

Section A: The Apostolic Age, with special reference to the birth and growth of Christianity

  1. The birth and nature of the Christian community in Jerusalem (Acts 1–6).
  2. Significant events and issues in the spread of Christianity (Acts 7–13).
  3. The life and mission of the Apostle Paul.

Section B: The Epistles

  1. Romans, Galatians and the Thessalonian correspondence.
  2. Paul’s relations with the church at Corinth; the Corinthian Epistles.
  3. Captivity Epistles and the Pastorals.
  4. Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles.
  5. Revelation.

Greg Forbes

Greg has had close ties with MST since he commenced undergraduate studies at the college in 1986. After completing a BTh in 1991, he has since completed an MTh on Revelation 20 and was awarded a PhD from Deakin University for a thesis on the parables in Luke. Greg’s particular study interests lie in historical Jesus research, and Greek grammar as it relates to exegesis. Greg is married to Anne-Maree and they have three sons.