PURPOSE OF THE COURSE:
The purpose of the course is to provide students with a foundation for understanding the literature of the New Testament and to apply its teachings to their lives.
The course will enable students to:-
Outline the major developments in the state of the Jewish community during the Inter-testamental period and their importance in understanding the New Testament.
Explain the categorization and general content and context of the books of the New Testament
Underscore the centrality of the person of Jesus Christ in biblical revelation and God’s restoration plan for humanity.
Highlight the major developments in the growth of the early church from Jerusalem to the ends of world as recorded in the book of Acts.
Address 21st century personal and socio-cultural situations in the light of the message of the New Testament.
New Testament canon; genres of the New Testament; Inter-testamental History; first century Judaism; Religious, political and cultural background of the New Testament; the ministry of Jesus; unity and diversity of the gospels; synoptic gospels and John; Birth and Development of the early Church; the first century church; New Testament epistles as letters; the question of context in application of epistles; structure of New Testament epistles; classification of NT epistles; occasion and content of NT epistles; introduction to apocalyptic literature; occasion, message and purpose of the book of Revelation; application to the church today.