IS232 | New Testament Introduction
Course begins whenever you wish
No Meeting Times
- commune with the Triune God through a fuller understanding of His Word;
- understand the composition, style, and theological message of each of the NT books;
- discern the different political, social, cultural, and religious contexts of the NT;
- analyze and resolve the various critical questions of the NT from an evangelical perspective.
- Roughly 1-3 pages per book; the size will depend on the size of the book (the Lessons on Populi have more detail).
- You may use any sources you wish, but you are advised to consult the links provided on Populi. The introductory lecture by Prof. Bilkes will help you in your choice of sources.
- One of the goals with this project is for you to prepare something that you can use in all of your subsequent ministry. Since you may desire to zero in on a particular piece of information later on in your ministry, you must cite all your sources. Doing this now can save you a great deal of time later.
- Since you will be condensing a lot of information into a tight space, you are encouraged to make use of tables, charts, bullet-lists, etc. Your final document is not expected to look like a typical academic paper.
God’s Word tells us that we have the capacity to know God since we’ve been created in the image of God. Though that capacity has been radically corrupted through the fall, when God works in grace, he principally and gradually restores it by his Spirit, as the Spirit reshapes us after the image of Christ. Thus by grace in Jesus Christ, and through the illuminating work of God’s Holy Spirit, we can once again know God and his glory, know truth, know each other, and know everything we need to know to live to the glory of God.
God uses His self-revelation in the twin books of nature and His Word to that end. For us fallen creatures the Scriptures are the only path towards true knowledge. The Scriptures are the Word of God, infallibly down to the very words. The Word of God is the touchstone of truth. Thus we must have a thorough-going disposition of teachability, in order to receive this Word of God, its content, and come under its claim.
The Connectivity of Knowledge
God’s Word also tells us that alongside our capacity for knowledge, we have the capacity for righteousness and holiness. We can distinguish these capacities, but we cannot separate them. Right knowledge tends to righteousness and holiness, just as righteousness and holiness are based on true knowledge. Knowledge that does not tend towards righteousness and holiness is false or formal knowledge, and destructive. Accordingly, I teach knowledge with an eye to show the connectivity of knowledge to practice and piety.
The Components of Knowledge
As I teach any subject – whether exegesis, hermeneutics, biblical theology, etc.—I’m aiming that the student makes fundamental gains in:
1. Discerning the Relevance of the subject;
2. Grasping the Content of the subject;
3. Accessing the Sources of the subject;
4. Practicing the Skills related to the subject;
5. Pursuing the Implications flowing from the subject;
6. Engaging the Debates involved in the subject; and
7. Radiating a Passion fitting the subject.