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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Newark School of Theology | Evaluated Learning Experience

The New Testament

Location: 
Newark School of Theology,Two Park Place, Newark, New Jersey.
Length: 

Version 1 and 2: 45 hours (15 weeks).

Dates: 

Version 1: January 1998 - March 2007. Version 2: April 2007 - December 2016.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: understand and explain how contemporary biblical scholars interpret the writings of the New Testament (Hermeneutics of the New Testament); know and identify various literary methods that are applied to the study of the New Testament and some major results of the application of these methods; have and display an understanding of the writings of Paul and his followers; know the major issues and results of the study of the Synoptic Gospels; know and identify the major issues and results of the study of the Johannine literature; be able to read and interpret apocalyptic literature such as Revelation. Version 2: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: understand and explain how contemporary biblical scholars interpret the writings of the New Testament (Hermeneutics of the New Testament); know and identify various literary methods that are applied to the study of the New Testament and some major results of the application of these methods; have and display an understanding of the writings of Paul and his followers; know the major issues and results of the study of the Synoptic Gospels; know and identify the major issues and results of the study of the Johannine literature; be able to read and interpret apocalyptic literature such as Revelation.

Instruction: 

Version 1: Major topics are: the three worlds involved in interpreting texts (Hermeneutics); reading the New Testament writings as stories; the oral traditions of the earliest Christian movement; the writings of Paul and his followers; the Synoptic Gospels; relationships, literary genre, and interpretations; The Gospel of John; and 1-3 John; The Book of Revelation. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course. Version 2: Major topics are: the three worlds involved in interpreting texts (Hermeneutics); reading the New Testament writings as stories; the oral traditions of the earliest Christian movement; the writings of Paul and his followers; the Synoptic Gospels; relationships, literary genre, and interpretations; The Gospel of John; and 1-3 John; The Book of Revelation. Methods of instruction include: assignments prior to class which students are responsible for presenting to the whole class for exposition and then a general discussion of the analysis of the text, as well as its relationship to lived experience. The faculty member guides the discussion, as necessary, as well as evaluates student's progress. There are also numerous short written assignments as well as a final examination. NOTE: For the graduate level recommendation, the student must already possess a baccalaureate degree and submit a 15-20 page graduate level paper at the completion of the course.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in New Testament, Biblical Studies, or Religion (10/10). Version 2: In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in New Testament, Biblical Studies, or Religion (10/10).

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