REL 211 Introduction to New Testament Literature
An introduction to the distinctive genres of Old Testament literature,
coupled with hermeneutical principles and methodology for each. Emphasis is
given to the development of motivation and aptitude for study and
interpretation of the Old Testament, as well as application to life. Course
assignments will center on acquisition of practical skills useful for
independent study of the Old Testament.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Describe the political, social and religious context of the ancient
Jewish and Greco-Roman world in which the events of the New Testament
- Summarize the basic information concerning the historical
background, content, and distinctive contribution of each book in the
- Express the complex portrait of Jesus depicted in the Gospels and
contrasts it with modern day depictions.
- Describe the life of Paul in relationship to his missionary journeys
and New Testament letters.
- Evaluate the interpretation of selected problem passages and issues.
- Apply the message of the New Testament to your own, present-day
Gary Stanley is educated in psychology and theology and has a Ph.D. in
Communication. Longtime Campus Crusade for Christ staff member and former
director of the Institute of Biblical Studies, he has been an academic dean,
seminary professor, storyteller, carpenter, song and dance man, and world
traveler. He’s also the Chief Steward of the Mordecai Network and part of an
ongoing team of culture-shaping academics.