New Testament Study

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*** On 2018 Summer break...no current classes. ***

A HISTORICAL STUDY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT WRITINGS

Our program examines the history of the books that comprise the New Testament Canon.

We will be exploring many interesting questions, such as:

  • How many books are in the Canon?
  • What kinds of books are these?
  • Who wrote these books?
  • How, when and why were they written?
  • Who decided on these books and not others?
  • How did certain books (and not others) get chosen for the Scriptures that define our Christian beliefs?

This study will begin with the historical context in which the New Testament was written (including the world of Greco-Roman cults and the world of Judaism), and how each impacted early Christianity.

We wll examine the life and ministry of Jesus through the traditions of the four Gospels in their own historical context. By examining and comparing the Gospels of Mtthew, Mark, Luke and John, we can begin to recognize the different perspectives that each author had about Jesus and his ministry.

We will also engage in a comparative study of the three Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, thus gaining an understanding of the different sources they used for their traditions about Jesus.

We will look at the spread of Christianity in the Acts of the Apostles; the life, mission and writings of the Apostle Paul; the seven Universal Epistles and the Apocalypse of John.

The New Testament is the most significant book in the history of Western civilization. These books have a profound impact on our social world, our beliefs, and our values/world views.

Our class is designed for everyone (Christian and other traditions) who is interested in knowing more about this important book as well as the history of early Christianity and its literature.

Our study is approached from a historical perspective rather than a religious one.

Our book is, "The New Testament - A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings" by Dr. Bart D. Ehrman (A limited number of books are available ($15) on a first come basis.)

Please contact Claudia Caveney with any questions.  stjohnsessexny@gmail.com

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