The purpose of the course is to introduce the student to the background and literature of the New Testament. After a background study of the historical and cultural factors of the inter biblical period and of pertinent political and geographical factors, the remainder of the course is
devoted to a book-by-book study, including introductory matters for each book and a content summary. This course is a prerequisite to all New Testament Interpretation courses.
In order to interpret and communicate the Bible accurately, the students, by the end of the course, should
- Comprehend the introductory issues of the New Testament.
- Value the New Testament as the revelation of God to people.
- Read the New Testament more critically with appropriate understandings of introductory matters