TH4603 - New Testament Survey


New Testament Survey


10 CC   5 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours course material and delivery 10 hours

10 hours of recorded lectures and 90 hours of generated study time.
Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 90

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

  1. From Persian to Roman Rule: Politics, Society and Religion in the First Century
  2. Jesus’ Life and Message as Portrayed in the Gospels
  3. Jesus and the Religious Authorities
  4. Luke-Acts: Historical or Theological?
  5. The Church is Born and Expands
  6. Peter, James and the Jewish Church
  7. Paul, Missions and the Gentile Believers
  8. Persecution of the Early Church
  9. Introduction to Paul’s Epistles
  10. Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles
  11. The Jewish Revolt and Events Surrounding the Apocalypse

  • To develop foundational knowledge and understanding in the social history and geography of the New Testament period.
  • To encourage students to investigate and examine the theology and content of New Testament books against other historical documents of the same period.
  • To provide an opportunity for analysis and independent critical thinking of differing approaches and themes.
  • To develop skills in communicating viewpoints in the form of an academic assignment.
  • To lay a foundation enabling students to progress to further studies within Certificate level and provide training in development towards diploma level studies

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. A sound background knowledge and understanding of the history, religion, society and literature of the New Testament, including the events leading up to the birth of Christ through to the end of the first century.   
  2. A substantial knowledge of important aspects of historical background in the study of the first century
  3. An ability to recognise and evaluate scholarly discussion in commentaries and other reference resources.
  4. A recognition of the major certainties and debates pertaining to the study of the social history and geography of the New Testament period.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
12000 word essay100%AllCoursework

As assessment

Beale, G. K. & Carson, D. A. (2007). Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament. Nottingham, England

Elwell, W. A. & Yarbrough, R. W. (2005). Encountering the New Testament : a historical and theological survey (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.

Evans, C. A. (2005). Ancient texts for New Testament studies: a guide to the background literature. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.

Evans, C. A. & Porter, S. E. (2000). Dictionary of New Testament background. Leicester, U.K. ; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Ferguson, E. (2003). Backgrounds of early Christianity (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans.

Green, J. B., McKnight, S. & Marshall, I. H. (1992). Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Hawthorne, G. F., Martin, R. P. & Reid, D. G. (1993). Dictionary of Paul and his letters. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Longman, T. & Garland, D. E. (eds) (2008-). Romans--Galatians (Rev. ed.) vols. 9-13.. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Martin, R. P. & Davids, P. H. (1997). Dictionary of the later New Testament & its developments. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Schreiner, T. R. (2008). New Testament theology : magnifying God in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic.



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