Course Summary

Surrounding environment of the New Testament 

The course examines the historical and social setting of the New Testament, the geography of Bible lands, archaeological contributions, and special groups.  3 semester credits.  No credit with the former BRS 6.

The course is organized in three modules: (1) Historical Background, (2) The World of the New Testament, and (3) Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees.

Objectives

• Describe New Testament events against the history of the Greek and  Roman empires

• Evaluate the relationship between the gospel and Roman culture

• Compare Jewish groups and institutions with Jesus and the early church

Credit. Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on each of two multiple choice examinations, one essay exam, and two essays. A sample multiple choice problem is given below:

Religious associations were organized around (A) a specific deity, (B) a family shrine, (C) an emperor of choice, (D) the community leader.

Resources

Internet articles, which are embedded within the online syllabus.

Either of the following two books should be secured as a textbook:

Ferguson, Everett. Backgrounds of Early Christianity. 3rd ed. Eerdmans, 2003. 672 pages. $29.40 ISBN: 978-0802822215

McDonald, Lee Martin and Joel B. Green. The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Baker Academic, 2013 640 pages. $37.49 ISBN: 978-0801039621