Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to introduce undergraduate students to the New Testament literature in order to equip them with knowledge and skills to develop a Christian worldview, values, attitudes and character necessary for the transformation of their lives and society.

 

Expected Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner will be able to:

1.      Outline the major developments in the state of the Jewish community during the inter-testamental period and their importance in understanding the New Testament.

2.      Describe the categorization, general content and context of each one of the books of the New Testament.

3.      Underscore the centrality of the person of Jesus Christ in biblical revelation and God’s restoration plan for humanity.

4.      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.

5.      Address 21st Century personal and socio-cultural situations in the light of the message of the New Testament.

 

Course Content/Course Description

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 1st Century Church; New Testament epistles as letters; The question of context in application of epistles; Structure of New Testament epistles; Classification of New Testament epistles; Occasion and content of New Testament epistles; Introduction to apocalyptic literature; Occasion, message and purpose of the book of Revelation; Application to the Church today.