How ironic it is for a collection of writings, written by the followers of a man who was crucified by the Romans around 2000 years ago, to have eventually become the most influential writings in Western history! This is the case with the 27 books and letters that comprise the New Testament.
Compared to many of their literary contemporaries, some of the books and letters of the New Testament seemed deficient in literary finesse and sophistication. And yet they were able, and are still able, to capture the minds and hearts of men and women who saw in them the realities which gave them ultimate meaning and purpose to their lives.
We will begin by looking at important terminology relevant not just to the study of the New Testament but to the study of Scripture in general. Using the Church’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation from the Second Vatican Council, Dei Verbum, we will look at the nature of Divine Revelation, its sources, and how to interpret Scripture within the heart of the Church.
In this course students will encounter the rich presentation of Jesus in the four-fold Gospel, the initial attempts of the Church to spread the Gospel to lands both near and far, initial insights into the theology of Paul of Tarsus, and the amazing revelatory visions of John as recorded in the Book of Revelation. The course will introduce students to the basic concepts found in the New Testament.
This course is designed for beginners to be able to sink their teeth into the overall themes, the characters, story-line and the theology of the books of the New Testament. It is a must for any budding Scripture student or a good refresher course for those who are more experienced with reading, praying, and studying the Scriptures.
Jesus said, “Come and See” (Jn 1:39)—so come and open the New Testament with us!
- To become more familiar with the books and letters of the New Testament.
- To be introduced to the major themes, characters, and theology of the books and letters of the New Testament.
- To be able to grasp the different literary genres of the books and letters of the New Testament.
- To come to know better and fall in love with the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom he has sent (Jn 17:3).
Lecture 1: The Nature of Revelation and Necessary Definitions.
Lecture 2: Old Testament Highlights.
Lecture 3: The Gospel of Matthew (Part One).
Lecture 4: The Gospel of Matthew (Part Two).
Lecture 5: The Gospel of Mark.
Lecture 6: The Gospel of John.
Lecture 7: The Gospel of Luke.
Lecture 8: The Acts of the Apostles.
Lecture 9: Saint Paul of Tarsus and His Missionary Journeys.
Lecture 10: Saint Paul of Tarsus, His Theology and His Letters.
Lecture 11: The Catholic Epistles.
Lecture 12: The Book of Revelation.