Course Summary

A study of the texts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Romans, Galatians, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation

Primary attention is given to historico-grammatical exegesis. The course is organized in five modules: (1) Matthew and Mark, (2) Luke, (3) Romans and Galatians, (4) The Epistles of John, and (5) The Book of Revelation.


1. Demonstrate knowledge of background to the biblical books featured.

2. Identify the leading features of the compositions analyzed.

3. Recognize the personalities that are important to the compositions studied.

4. Recognize place names that are pertinent to the content of the compositions.

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary message and underlying ideas of the books in each module.

6. Interpret teachings that appear in the compositions.

7. Decide how the messages of the books apply today.

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on four multiple choice examinations, a formal paper, and discussion forum postings. The student is required to post one original and one response of a minimum 250 words on each discussion forum. Exams and the paper are valued at 20% each; the discussion forum postings are given a Pass grade when complete. A sample exam problem is given below.

The specific occasion that called forth the letter to the Galatians was (A) disagreement between two women, (B) a list of questions presented to Paul from the Galatians, (C) a man who was attempting to take over the Galatian churches, (D) to repair damage done by heretical teachers.


A Bible in any English translation. The New International Version is preferred. Any good New Testament commentary. The following is a recommended one-volume commentary, available in e-Book form.

Burge, Gary M. and Andrew E. Hill (eds.). The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Rev. updated ed. Baker Books, 2012. 1648 pages. $14.99 e-Book ISBN: 978-0801013089