New Testament Survey

An overview of the New Testament, tracing its teaching with respect to historical background and literary character

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New Testament Survey

DESCRIPTION:

New Testament Survey  is designed to introduce college students to the basic scholarship and interpretations of the Christian New Testament. Although one commentary will be used, supplemented with the outside readings, students are encouraged to consult other commentaries and sources that differ from the text. Theories about the inspiration and writing of the Bible, the original readers for various books and the context of Bible passages will be considered. 

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Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'Historical Background

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Synoptic Gospels

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Gospel of Matthew

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Gospel of Mark

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Gospel of Luke

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Gospel of John

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Acts of the Apostles

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'Pauline Letters

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'Pauline Letters 2

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'James

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'1&2 Peter-Jude

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Epistle of John

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Epistles of John 2&3

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Revelation of John

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Book of Revelation  and the Old Testament

Listen now to 'Book of 1st Corinthians KJV Audio'The Book of Revelation  and World View

Watch Videos

Jesus movie

Introducing the new testament

Introducing Jesus

Life of Apostle Paul

Women in the Early Church

Prayer

Making Ancient Manuscripts

Read the New Testament in its entirety and online Material

These links:

Read online Textbooks and Articles (click on link to download)

New Testament Survey Homework

 Historical Introduction to the New Testament  or

Introduction to the New Testament

Timeline

Temple Warning Inscription

When were the Gospels written

When you have read  each book of the New Testament email for quizzes

This is only Reference Material it is not required but recommeded

New Testament Maps and Artifacts

http://www.ntimages.com/

Online Images of New Testament Manuscripts

http://bpeterson.faculty.ltss.edu/Greek/MssImages.htm

http://www.kchanson.com/papyri.html

http://www.earlham.edu/~seidti/iam/interp_mss.html

Encyclopedia Criticism of the New Testament

http://www.skypoint.com/~waltzmn/

Old Testament Quotes in the New Testament

http://www.bible-researcher.com/quote01.html

Formation the Canonical Scriptures 

http://www.bible-researcher.com/warfield2.html

http://www.bible-researcher.com/barker1.html

http://www.bible-researcher.com/antilegomena.html

http://www.pastornet.net.au/rtc/canon.htm

Virtual Museum Tour

http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Annodomini/entrance-en.html

Art  works of the New Testament

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/stalbanspsalter/english/commentary/page019.shtml

http://www.pitts.emory.edu/dia/1521LuthWWBook/pc1.cfm

http://www.christusrex.org/

http://www.biblical-art.com/biblicalsubject1.asp?id=387

Christian Museum and Art Collection

http://www.christusrex.org/www1/vaticano/0-Musei.html

http://research.yale.edu:8084/divdl/eikon/subjects.jsp?subjectid=746

Cities of the Seven Churches of Asia

http://www.luthersem.edu/ckoester/Revelation/main.htm

Maps of the Seven Churches

http://pacificcoast.net/~muck/rev/revmap.html

http://www.revelationillustrated.com/shop/image01.asp

Archaeological Exploration of Sardis

http://www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/sardis/sardis.html

   St Augustine's Commentaries  

St Augustine-Homilies on the Gospel of John -homilies on the First Epistle of John.

St Chrysostom Commentaries

St Chrysostom-Homilies on the Gospel of St Matthew

St Chrysostom-Homilies on the Gospel of St John and the Epistle to the Hebrews

St Chrysostom-Homilies on The Book of  Acts and Romans

St Chrysostom-Homilies on 1 Corinthians

St Chrysostom-Homilies on Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, and Philemon

Commentary

http://ccel.org/j/jfb/jfb/JFB00.htm

Holy Bibles

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/rsv.browse.html

Listen to Holy Bible(Download Now)

Maps

http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/INFO/MAP/ANE_Maps.html

http://www.anova.org/sev/atlas/htm/index.html

http://www.bible-history.com/biblehistoryonline_biblemaps.php

Bible Encyclopedia

http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/kjvwords.html

New Testament Survey

 ONE RESEARCH PAPER of five or more pages will be assigned for the semester. It must explore some New Testament Passages as this is the purpose of the course. It will cover: 1) a Biblical theme or 2) a character or 3) the approach to the Bible of a religious group of your selection and include their interpretation of the passages most significant to them or 4) a movie, a book or play which brings in issues which to which the Bible seems to speak or 5) anything else you can relate to the Bible. It will be reedited and presented to the class during the last few class sessions.

TERM PAPER EXPECTATIONS

Use centered headings for each section of the Term Paper.   Use the ([author's name, PAGE NUMBER(S)] ) style of citing any idea you borrow (or summarize) from any book or article listed above !! !!. Append a complete Bibliography of resources used to do the paper. USE AT LEAST FOUR OUTSIDE RESOURCES.  Papers will be graded according to depth of research and understanding of the New Testament passages covered. Grammatical and spelling errors will have to be corrected so use the "Spell Check", if you use a computer. 

New Testament Survey

EXAMINATIONS: Three tests will consist of a choice of one long and one short question plus identification of several major Biblical terms or persons. Prior to each test students will receive review questions to prepare for the review of that section of the text. The tests themselves will be open book tests as they are designed to show the student' s understanding of the biblical interpretations studied, not how well they can memorize. Students will often be asked to give their own opinion as part of an essay. Always respond to all of the question when answering questions. The identification questions part of the test will be answered during the class before each main test. There will be no cumulative, final examination.

EVALUATION: Grades will be based mainly on test grades. The research paper will count as much as one test (50 points). The take home test based on the supplementary text will count 40 points. Essays on tests will have to be, clearly understandable and important terms must spelled correctly or else points will be taken off of the test. Research papers will be graded on grammar and spelling as well as content. The re-edited version of your research paper will have to be almost error free to be accepted. This paper will be presented at the end of the course, possibly getting extra credit for presentation and answering questions.

General Studies Goals Implemented In this Course:

General Education Areas of Emphasis (Criteria and Outcome)

Requires sufficient readings (in terms of volume and content) to provide fundamental knowledge:   Texts are required in this and all other Philosophy and Religion courses.

Emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills (scientific, mathematical, social, and/or personal:   This and all other Philosophy and Religion courses place particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills.  Logic is a branch of philosophy and is foundational to all other disciplines.  The critical approach is taken and expressed through writing and/or discussion. 

Writing and/or other forms of composition in multiple formats are integral parts of this course:   This and all other Philosophy and Religion courses require writing of some sort.

Students will learn to access information and use the information effectively and ethically:   The Student Code and all conventions relevant to the discipline are enforced.

New Testament Survey

Religious Studies Goals

1. Improve Critical Reasoning Skills by analyzing, evaluating and presenting sound arguments--  Students will discuss a variety of theories about the writing of the new Testament and a variety of interpretations that differing denominations make of key texts. Students and the instructor discuss these interpretations and the examine the arguments for them.

2. Discover, refine, reflect on and critically examine beliefs on personal, philosophical, religious or ethical or public policy issues--  Study and discussion of the New Testament with the help of commentaries or other scholarly sources definitely leads students to critical examination of  personal, philosophical, religious or ethical or public policy beliefs and positions

3. Practice Writing Skills—Students will write essays as part of their tests and they will write a research paper using outside resources.

New Testament Survey

HISTORY STUDENT WILL STATEMENTS

Identify historical causation, how historical forces influence current events and how contemporary problems have a historical antecedent. Yes

Describe Student Outcomes:  Students will develop an awareness of historical evolution and influence of one of the great ideas and great books that has had a profound influence on contemporary ideas and current world problems. 

Develop critical thinking skills by learning to distinguish between various kinds of documentary evidence and understand the difference between reliable and unreliable, valid and invalid sources. Yes

Describe Student Outcomes:  Students will learn to analyze and evaluate a variety of forms of primary and secondary sources within an understanding of modern critical scholarship. 

Use the perspective of history to analyze and discourage all forms of discrimination, including ethnic, racial, and/or gender. Yes

Describe Student Outcomes:  Students will learn to counter prejudice and learn the Jewish/Christian roots of an inclusive universalistic ethic, foster understanding of and respect for other religious views; examine gender roles in an historical context.

Understand the individual life, and the immediate milieu, in an historical context to gain perspective on contemporary life and times. Yes

Describe Student Outcomes:  Students will critically trace the history of ideas developed from this great work and place them in historical and cultural contexts with special reference to contemporary issues.

Practice written and oral communication skills by presenting rational arguments and conclusions based on the study of historical evidence.  Yes

Describe Student Outcomes: 

Students will gain enhanced communication skills through the presentation of oral and written arguments drawn from historical issues and sources   Written exams, Quizzes, discussion and papers are employed.

New Testament Survey

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

l .Students will understand some of the theories about how the Christian New Testament came about..

2. They will understand some of the basic beliefs of the Jewish and Christian religions.

 3.They will discover the influence which cultures have upon religions.

 4.They will better understand the influence that religious belief can have on people's lives.

 5.They will be more aware of their own approach to interpreting and/or using the Christian New Testament

New Testament Survey

Answer the following

Matthew 1

1. Why is there focus on Jesus genealogy here ?

2. To whom does the angel come in this version?

Matthew 2

1. Who are the Magi?

2. Who were they seeking and for what purpose?

3. How did they find the baby?

4. How did they honor him?

5. Why did they not return to Jerusalem?

6. How is  Hebrew prophecy related to the other events in this chapter?

7. Why was Jesus raised in Nazareth?

Luke 1

1. What shocking and marvelous news does Mary receive from Gabriel?

2. What is her reaction?

3. What is the story of John the Baptiser's birth?

Luke 2

1. What is one problem with the dating of Jesus' birth?

2. Why was Jesus born in a stable?

3. Who is Jesus called by the angel to Mary and to the shepherds?

4. How were shepherds regarded in those days?

5. What was the reaction at those who heard them, Mary's reaction?

6. Who were Simeon and Anna and what did  they proclaim?

Luke 3

1. How is Jesus amcestry here different than in Matthew?

Mark 1

1. How does Mark use Isaiah's prophecy about Israel's deliverance from Exile?

2. Why do the people believe that Jesus  was special?

3. What immediately happened after that?

John 1

1. How does this gospel portray John the Baptiser?

2. What is the promise to those who receive the Word, The Light that comes into the world?

3. What has God done through Jesus?

4. How does John the Baptiser describe Jesus?

5. How did Jesus gain his first disciples?

6. Why is there no temptation story here?

 

Luke 10-25-27 "The Parable of the Good Samaritan"

  1.  

  2. Why does Jesus ask him to give his understanding of the Law first?

  3.  

  4. Is the scholar also asking about God's command to love when he asks "who is my neighbor?"

  5.  

  6. In what socio-economic situation is the man traveling by himself from Jerusalem to Jericho?

  7. Does he have any power (power is the ability to act)?

  8. What will happen to him unless someone helps him when the thieves get through with him?

  9.  

  10. Why might the priest and the Levite not want to touch a man who might be dead?

  11.  

  12. Do they have any connection with this legal scholar?

  13.  

  14. How did the Jews view the Samaritans (see II Kings 17)?

  15.  

  16. What attitude does the Samaritan bring into the situation?

  17.  

  18. What does he do? Do these actions likely empower the traveler again?

  19.  

  20. In Christian thought is there anyone who has entered into our situation with compassion

  21. after we have been beaten up and left for dead by life because of our sins and others sins against us?

  22. Who has done the deeds of deliverance?

  23.  

  24. In telling this story, how has Jesus encouraged the scholar to feel about him? What has he done

to this scholar emotionally in tellling a story where a Samaritan and not the scholar's colleagues and

friends is the hero?

14. If Jesus is confronting the man with God's commands with what command is Jesus confronting

Him?

15. Does Jesus invite the man to join him in obeying God's command? Does Jesus invite all his

listeners and readers according to the commentary? What then is the type of love that God

commands? What does it include in actions?

Matthew 5-7 Luke 6 Chapter 2

  1. How many movements are there to each part of the Sermon on the Mount ?

  2.  

  3. Why does he name them "Traditional Piety", "Mechanism of Bondage" and "Transforming Initiative"  ?

4. Do they contain a new law which Christians must obey to obtain God's mercy or do they imply

that God might be acting in a more gracious way than that?

 Chapter 3 add Romans

  1.  

  2. Why does say that that Jesus taught and lived a "peacemaking ethic"?

  3.  

  4. If he did, what are the key steps in serving as a peacemaker (empowered by God's Grace)

 

Matthew 4

  1. What is Jesus basic proclamation?

  2.  

  3. How does he make this proclamation, in words only?

Matthew 8

Read these stories of healing and see which motives for healing you can discover and which ones that

are commonly assumed to be his motives are not implied here.

  1.  

  2. How does Jesus respond to the leper?

  3.  

  4. Why does he tell him to tell no one IF Jesus wants everyone to know right away that he is the

  5. Messiah (annointed king)?

  6. Why does he tell the former leper to show the priest that he is healed? Is a formerly marginalized

  7. Person now restored to the community with this healing?

  8. Is the centurion a Jew?

  9.  

  10. What amazing thing doe he say to Jesus?

  11.  

  12. What gift does the centurion have that Jesus says is part of the healing?

  13.  

  14. Is the healing of Peter's mother-in-law significant? Is her response significant?

  15.  

  16. In what way does verse 17 seem to be a strange interpretation of Isaiah 53:4?

Matthew 9

  1.  

  2. What attitude did the paralytic man's friends (and apparently the man himself) show?

  3.  

  4. Would Jesus response sound surprising to these people as well as to the religious leaders?

  5.  

  6. How is it easier to say, "Your sins are forgiven" than to say "Stand up and walk"?

  7.  

  8. What is the common people's response to the former paralytic walking?

  9.  

  10. What strange statement does the synagogue official make in his request of Jesus?

  11.  

  12. What is the attitude of the woman towards her opportunity to be healed?

  13.  

  14. How did the people respond to the dead girl coming back to life? Is this related to Jesus'

  15. basic proclamation?

  16. What do the blind men call Jesus? Is that important? Why does Jesus ask them to tell no one?

9. What does the summary of Jesus healings say about part of the meaning of his healings?

Matthew 10

  1. What does Jesus command and empower the apostles to do?

Matthew 11

  1. What do John's disciples ask Jesus and what is Jesus' response?

  2. What does Jesus invite everyone to do in verses 28-29?

Matthew 12

  1. Why is there a controversy over Jesus healing the man with the paralyzed hand?

  2. Why did Jesus give people orders not to make him known?

  3. Why does this seem a strange fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 42:1?

  4. "If it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out devils then….", what does Jesus say that shows?

  5. What does the commentary say about the sin against the Holy Spirit?

John 9

  1. What is the assumption of the disciples and the Pharisees about the man born blind?

  2. What is Jesus' explanation?

  3. What is the Pharisees claim about Jesus and their "proof"?

  4. How many times did the man or his parents testify to the marvel Jesus had done?

  5. Some say that this passage reflects the time after the Jewish Christians had been ousted from the

  6. synagogue, do you see evidence of this?

  7. What is the formerly blind person ready to do and what does Jesus tell him?

John 11

  1. How close was Jesus to Lazarus, Martha and Mary?

  2. Why did he say that he waited until Lazarus had died? What were the disciples afaraid of?

  3. How does Thomas respond in verse 17 when Jesus tells them he isgoing to Bethany (near

  4. Jerusalem)?

  5. Who does John call "Jews" in his gospel? Jesus and his disciples are Jews of course?

  6. Who is present when Lazarus is brought back from death?

  7. What does Martha tell Jesus and what is the meaning of his response?

  8. What is the result of Lazarus being brought back to life? Does Chapter 12 seem to follow

naturally here?

This section belongs later but it describes a healing miracle.

Luke 22:47-53 Matthew 26:51-56

  1. Who got injured when Jesus was arrested?

  2. What did Jesus do and say about this injury?

Matthew 21 John 12 John 2

  1. What do the people call Jesus? What does Hosanna mean?

  2. Does Jesus just act like a prophet or does he act like he is claiming to be what the people have

  3. Called him when he cleanses the temple of the money changers and the animal sellers?

  4. How does he use Jeremiah 7 in a strange way?

Matthew 22

  1. How did Jesus summarize the Torah ?

  2. Why does he ask the Pharisees that strange question about the Messiah (annointed king)?

Matthew 26:59-67 Matthew 27

  1. What is the Sanhedrin trying to do and how?

  2. Does Jesus announce that he is the Christ and does he make a more startling claim for even a

  3. Heaven-sent king?

  4. What is the High Priest's response? If the Christian claim is true who has really blasphemed

  5. (insulted God harshly)? According to Genesis 3 does anyone else want to see themselves as

"like gods"?

  1. What is the charge before Pilate and why doe the religious leaders decide to take Jesus to Pilate

  2. rather than stone him right where "he has blasphemed" as both Jewish and Roman law would allow

them to do?

  1. What is the charge placed over Jesus head on the Cross?

  2. If Pilate is the agent of Caesar, who has really rebelled against the Lord of Lords and the

King of Kings according to Christians?

7. Again, according to Genesis 3 has anyone else been guilty of rebellion against God?

(rebellion includes the plot to kill God and to do away with God on order to have God's power)

John 3:14-15 John 12:32

  1. According to John's gospel how is Jesus to be lifted up (similar to what, why)?

  2. What did Jesus say when the Greek speaking Jews were brought to him?

  3. Would the Roman Catholic practice of wearing a crucifix and seeing Jesus on the Cross at church

  4. fit with this claim of Jesus?

  5. What about some favorite protestant hymns (what is visualized in those)?

  6. If the Christian claim that Jesus is the Son of God (in a deeper and more complete way than a good

  7. King was so considered) is true, then what does these practices say about the nature of God?

  8. Does Jesus' claim imply then that he went to the Cross to accomplish something other that forgiveness

Alone? What (remember Jeremiah and other prophetic promises)?

Matthew 28

  1. Who comes to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body?

  2. What do they discover who do they meet?

  3. Who first spreads the news of Jesus" Resurrection? How do the disciples react?

  4. What does Jesus commission (command and empower) them to do?

  5. What is it about Jewish beliefs about the Messiah and resurrection that indicates that if the disciples

were making up a story they wouldn't make up one like this?

Acts 1

  1. The disciples are told to stay in Jerusalem until when?

  2. How does the description of what Jesus commands them to do summarize the book of Acts?

Acts 2

  1. What festival was Pentecost in the Jewish year?

  2. What happened to the disciples and to their listeners from every nation of the Diaspora?

  3. What time are we living in according to Peter? For how long have we been doing so?

  4. What claim of Peter really shakes up his listeners? What is their response?

  5. Is the order Peter gives as to steps to salvation clearly the only possible way people can take?

  6. Is this sermon successful?

  7. How did the people show they were filled with the Holy Spirit?

Acts 4

  1. Were there divisions in the earliest church?

  2. Why did the people share everything?

  3. What was the economic result?

Acts 6

  1. Who were the Hellenistic Jewish widows and why did their families complain? What could have

  2. happened?

  3. What was the apostles response (negative and positive)?

  4. Who was the most famous person chosen to help?

  5. What did he do and why did he get in trouble with the religious authorities?

  6. How seems involved in the stoning even if he threw no stones?

Acts 9

  1. What is Saul of Tarsus commissioned to do in Antioch?

  2. What interrupts his carefully thought out plan?

  3. What does Jesus command Saul to do?

  4. Why is Annanias leery about takijng Saul into his home?

  5. What does God tell Annanias?

Acts 10

  1. What is Peter's vision?

  2. What does God's voice say and what is Peter's response?

  3. Does God's reply mean that all food had always been clean?

  4. What does any of this have to do with Cornelius' vision and his sending a servant to come and bring

  5. Peter to preach to him and his family?

  6. What is the result of this sermon?

Acts 15

  1. Are the jewish Christians happy about the conversion of the Gentiles?

  2. Why are some upset with Paul?

  3. What does Peter share with the Church Council?

  4. What does Paul relate?

  5. Who speaks for the council and what is his decision?

  6. How large would the church have been today if that Council had not decided in favor of Paul's

approach to Gentiles. Who would likely not be part of the church?

Romans 1

  1. What can people tell about God without the Bible or church authorities teaching them?

  2. Why would this be called "ntural law" theology and what does that imply?

Romans 3

  1. Since all have sinned is there any spiritual separation between Jews and Gentiles?

  2. What then can people rely on for their salvation ?

  3. Romans 6

1. What should the Christian's attitude be towards their past sins?

  1. What does baptism mean?

Romans 8

1.Does human sin and salvation show signs of a spiritual connection with nature?

2. What can God do when even the worst things happen to people who trust God?

·  3. Does anything separate Christians from God's love as mediated through Christ?

I Corinthians 1

1.What seems to be the problem here?

2. What are the different factions saying?

  3. Why is Paul glad that he did not baptize many of them?

 I Corinthians 6 -7

  1. Christians have become one with who?

  2. What happens when people have sex?

  3. What is the danger of going to a prostitute?

  4. When people marry should they have sex often?

  5. Is there a double standard in terms of the husband owning his wife's body?

 I Corinthians 11

1. Is what is described here a carry in dinner (called an "agape meal" or "love feast") at the end of which

communion was celebrated among the Christians present?

2. Were people sharing their food or did the rich keep theirs to themsleves?

·  3. What happened to rich worshippers and poor worshippers as a result?

4. What does Paul remind them that the feast in all about?

5. In what context of the "Words of instituion" for the Eucharist given here?

6. If the Church is called "the Body of Christ" what "Body" do selfish worshippers fail to perceive?

I Corinthians 13

1.Who does this seem to describe best?

2. Why are Christians called "Christians"?

3. What is claimed that receiving God's love makes possible?

II Corinthians 5

1. Paul says that Jesus came for what purpose?

2. What is the change is the Christian in terms of their outlook on the world?

Galatians 3

1. What are some people still insisting is necessary for Christians to do?

2. What does Paul claim that Christians have?

3. Can Christians view other people differently or should they keep the same cultural biases of everyone

else?

4. Does this passage seem to apply to whether Christians should be ethnocentric? What about other

"isms"?

Ephesians 1

1. Does Paul describe here a secret knowledge here known only by the "in" group?

2. What does he say is the eternal purpose of God? What does that imply?

Ephesians 5

1. When people start with quoting "wives obey your husbands" are they leaving out an important verse that

comes earlier?

2. The first sentence in a paragraph is usually called what? What does it tell?

3. Does the first sentence in this paragraph give the actual command while the following verses give

examples of how to follow the command in marriage?

4. If that is so then does "husbands love your wives" sound patronizing or could this be the way husbands

are to live out the overall command for marriage?

5. Is there any command here to husbands that they are responsible to see to it that their wives obey them?

Is there such a command anywhere in the Bible?

6. If husbands are to love as Christ loved the church what are husbands supposed to do?

  1. Why would Chrstian women no longer be punished by having their husbands "lord it over them"?

Philippians 3

1. Did some of the people at Phillipi claim to be perfect ?

2. What did Paul say that he could do because of Christ although he would never claim perfection for

himself?

3. To what does Paul compare the Christian life?

Colossians 1

1. If all things are created through Christ do the domination systems ("the powers" of sexism, racism, classism,etc.) hold power in reality or does Paul say that Christ has taken their power away?

2. What are Christians not living by when they live as if these domination systems are the only way that the

world works (or even is supposed to work)?

Philemon

1. Who is Onesimus? Why does Paul write this letter?

2. What does Paul want Philemon to do but out of love, not obeying Paul's command and resenting it?

3. Although Paul does not condemn the institution of slavery outright in what way could he be said to have

placed a "ticking time bomb" within the Christian approach to this type of oppression, a "time bomb" that

would not go off until people were ready to understand his message more deeply?

I Thessalonians 4

1. Does Paul not want Christians to grieve at all over the death of their loved ones?

2. How might those who believe that death is the end of existence grieve?

3. What is Paul telling the Thessalonians about their loved ones who have died before Christ comes

"in power" (which they all assume is going to happen soon)?

4. Does the purpose of these verses seem to be to make a theological point about "the rapture" or to bring

ease of mind to Christians worried about their loved ones?

I Timothy 6

1. With what should we be content?

2. What attitude can lead Christians into traps?

3. What is at the root of every evil?

4. What is the effect when this verse is misquoted?

Hebrew 4 - 7

1. Why can Christians approach God with confidence?

2. What did previous High Priests have to do each year?

3. How could Christ have offered himself as a sacrifice once and for all?

Hebrews 11 -12:1

1. Why are these men and women being called examples here? What was their attitude?

2. What is the crowd of witnesses doing? How should the runners be affected by them?

James 3

1. What is the warning to teachers?

2. Why such harsh warnings about "mere words"?

James 5

1. What should people not do if they truly believe that these are "the last days"?

2. How have many gotten to be rich?

3. Is it the agreed upon wage that is not paid that cries out to God or is it the wage which does not help

workers and their families meet their basic needs (which God promises them will be met in Matthew 6)?

I John 4

1. Who knows God (experientially)?

2. What is the deepest truth to say of God?

3. How has God shown love most powerfully?

4. How can Christians know if the love of God lives in them?      

 

Jude

 

1. Briefly sum up Jude's message 

2.    Why do you think Jude quotes from  (Enoch)Apocrypha   Literature?    

3. Explain why you think Protestant Christians are so uneasily about reading Apocrypha Literature

when a Canonical book quotes from one (Jude quoting Enoch)?      

 

 

Revelation

 

Chapter 1

1. Where are the seven churches of Asia Today(What  Country(s)      

2. How many division are there in the book of Revleation?   

 

Chapter 4

1. Who are the four living creatures?(also see Ezekiel 1:1-14 - vision of four heavenly creatures with four faces each:  human being, lion, ox, eagle and Ezekiel 10:1-22)

 

Chapter 5

Who is this chapter talking about? Explain your answer

 

Chapter 6-22

 

Who are the four horsemen? Explain your answer

 

Explain the different views concerning the wrath of God, Tribulation,  Millennial Reign, Great White Throne Judgment, and The Consumption The New Heaven and the New Earth

             



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New Testament Survey

An overview of the New Testament, tracing its teaching with respect to historical background and literary character

Trinity College of Biblical Studies


 



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