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SC 501:  Introduction to the New Testament

Bishop James Wilkowski

 

Course Syllabus 

 

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

1. Understand the importance of the Intertestamental Period for interpreting the New Testament. 
2. Analyze the political, social, and religious background of the New Testament. 
3. Comprehend the nature of the synoptic problem. 
4. Recall the development and expansion of Christianity in the book of Acts. 
5. Know the background information and theme of each New Testament book. 
6. Understand how the text and canon of the New Testament developed. 
7. Apply the teachings of the New Testament to the church and the Christian life.


Behavioral Indicators 
1. Discuss key factors of the Intertestamental Period that set the framework for the New Testament. 
2. Explain the political, social, and religious background of the New Testament. 
3. List the factors involved with the synoptic problem. 
4. Explain how the early church developed and expanded in the book of Acts. 
5. Identify the background and theme of each New Testament book. 
6. Discuss the development of the text and canon of the New Testament. 
7. Reflect on the teachings of the New Testament and its importance to the church and Christian 
life.


TOPICS TO BE COVERED:


A. The Second Temple Period 
B. The development of the text and canon of the New Testament 
C. The political, social, and religious background of the New Testament 
D. The synoptic problem 
E. The development of the New Testament Church and Paulís missionary endeavors 
F. The background and theme of each New Testament book

 

Reading Topics and Page Assignments 

Week 1 
Read Matt 1-6 

Week 2 The Beginning of the Story and Jesusí Early Years 
Read INT 10-31 
Read Matt 7-12 
Read INT 31-42
Read Matt 13-18 

Week 3 Jesusí Ministry and Death 
Books of the NT Bible Test
Read INT 46-65
Read Matt 19-24
Read INT 66-75
Read Matt 25-28

Week4 The Resurrection and The Kingdom of God 
Read INT 76-94 
Read Mark 1-6 
Read INT 95-108 
Mark 7-12
Read INT 109-123 
Memorize Matt 5:3-12

 

Week 5 The Kingdom of God and The Gospels 
Read INT 124-146 
Read INT 147-160 
Read Mark 13-16; John 1-4 
Read INT 161-168 
Read John 5-10 

Week 6 The Gospels 
Read INT 168-186 
Read John 11-16 
Read INT 187-207 
John 17-21 
Read INT 208-223

 

Week 7 Engaging the Wider World and Introducing Paul 
Read INT 224-242 
Luke 1-3 
Read INT 243-251 (all) 
Read Luke 4-9:50 
Read INT 252-268 
Read Luke 9:51-13 

Week 8 Paul the Persecutor and Convert 
Read INT 268-277 
Read Luke 15-19 
Read INT 279-302 
Read Luke 20-24; Acts 1-9 
Read Acts 10-20 

Week 9 Paul the and His Churches 
Read INT 303-318 
Read Acts 21-28 
Read INT 318-328 
Galatians, 1-2 Thessalonians

 

Week 10 Paul the Pastor, Paul Reaches Rome 
Read 1 Corinthians 
Read INT 344-348 
Read 2 Corinthians 


Week 11 What does it Mean to be a Christian? 
Read INT 349-361 
Read Ephesians and Philippians 
Read Philippians and Philemon 
Read INT 366-382 
Read 1-2 Timothy; Titus

 

Week 12 The Church and its Jewish Origins 
Read INT 383-391 
Read James and 1-2 Peter 
Read INT 392-403 
Read Hebrews 
Read INT 404-410 

Week 13 The Church and its Jewish Origins; Heresy, 
Orthodoxy, and Organization
Read INT 411-423 
1-2-3 John and Jude 
Read INT 424-436 

Week 14 Reading and Understanding the New Testament
Read INT 437-453 
Read Revelation

 

 

Writing Assignments:

EXPOSITORY ESSAYS (Choose two) 

1. Write a 5-8 page essay in which you survey the development of the Christology of the Johannine
community through a consideration of the Gospel of John. Attend to specific passages in the text.

2. Write a 5-8 page essay in which you explain Paulís thinking about the Torah. Sources: Galatians
and Romans.

3. Write a 5-8 page essay in which you give an account of Paulís soteriology. Source: Romans.

COMPARATIVE ESSAY

A careful reading of the book of Acts, the Johannine epistles, and Paulís letters makes evident that early Christian communities experienced problems of various sorts. This literature also suggests how particular problems were to be addressed and resolved. Through a consideration of conflicts and their prescribed resolutions, we can explore the development of early Christianity.

Write a 10 page essay in which you discuss the problems faced by early Christian communities and the solutions to these problems proposed by leading figures of the early church. In the course of your essay, begin with an introductory paragraph. Go on to present and discuss:

a. the controversy central to Acts 15
b. the problems Paul addresses in his letters to the Corinthians
c. the problems Paul addresses in his letter to the Galatians, 
d. the issues that give rise to the Johannine epistles. 
e. Write a substantive and insightful comparative conclusion.

 

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