вNew Testament studiesв, as most of us learned the discipline, depends on some fundamental assumptions: that scientific history leads us toward objective, secure knowledge of the past; that careful method can unlock the real meaning of a stable text; that we have an audience who genuinely care what we say. Every one of these assumptions has become problematic. For the future, we must not give up on historical research, but we must think more urgently about what it means to write history well. In our role as teachers of Christian communities, we need to examine ways in which texts are, rediscovering the.
Finally, acknowledging the demise of Christendom, we must seek to engage an ever larger circle of discussion partners, seeking to overcome our isolation within the academy and within a world that has grown rapidly more diverse even as it has become astonishingly smaller.
I. What is the New Testament? A. The New Testament Canon 1. The 27 Books of the New Testament 2. Definition of БcanonizationБ B. The Genres of the New Testament 1.
The Gospels (Biography) a. Books: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John b. Definition of Gospel c. The Content of the Four Gospels d. The Reason for Having Four Gospels e. The Order of the Four Gospels 2. Acts of the Apostles (History) a. Books: Acts b. Definition c. The Content of Acts 3. Letters (Epistles) a. PaulБs Letters b. The Order of the Pauline Epistles c. General Epistles d. The Order of the General Epistles 4. Apocalypse a. Definition of revelation b. Books: Revelation c. The Content of Revelation II. Why Study the New Testament?
A. The Literary Reason B. The Historical Reason C. The Contemporary Reason D. The Academic Reason E. The Personal Reason F. The Professional Reason III. How Should We Study the New Testament? A. Questions of Introduction B. Questions of Interpretation C. Questions of Theology D. Questions of Application IV. What Are the Possible Viewpoints on the New Testament? A. Three Main Perspectives 1. The Religious Viewpoint 2. The Irreligious Viewpoint 3. The Christian Viewpoint B. Diverse Christian Perspectives 1.
The Conservative Evangelical Perspective 2. The Liberal Perspective 3. Denominational Perspectives a. The Eastern Orthodox Perspective b. The Roman Catholic Perspective c. The Protestant Perspective d. Other Perspectives (e. g. , Mormon, JehovahБs Witness, etc. ) V. Should We Evaluate the New Testament from Our Perspective? A. Two Approaches B. Blended Approach 1. We should critically analyze the text and weigh the evidence. 2. We should search the Scriptures. 3. We should be open to learning something new.