Details for Introduction to the New Testament

The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the early writings of the church. This subject will introduce the purpose, content, and message of the New Testament books with particular focus on the historical and cultural implications of their setting, and how this broad diversity of literature presents an incredibly unified and coherent message.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: BIB008
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: John Griffiths



Awards offering Introduction to the New Testament

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify the relevant historical and cultural context of canonical documents and recognise their particular arguments and theological emphases;
  2. Outline key elements of the historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds of the NT, incorporating the narrative of Israel’s scriptures as the primary and authoritative interpretative framework;
  3. Identify various critical issues such as provenance, unity, authorship, date, arising from the study of a given NT book;
  4. Discuss principles and insights derived from study of the New Testament for contemporary life and ministry.

Subject Content

  • Introductory issues, Greco-Roman
  • Jewish backgrounds, Jewish Literature, text, canon
  • Introduction to the Gospel
  • Mission and Message of Jesus.
  • Mark
  • Matthew, Luke-Acts
  • Intro to Paul, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1 Corinthians (I)
  • 1-2 Corinthians
  • Galatians, Romans
  • Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians
  • Philemon, The Pastoral Epistles
  • Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, Jude, John (I)
  • John (II), Epistles of John, Revelation

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (on site)
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks).

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Weekly Quizzes (25%)
  • Short Sermon (30%)
  • Exegesis Part 1 (15%)
  • Exegesis Part 2 (35%)

Prescribed Text

Wright, N. T. & Bird, Michael. The New Testament in its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians.  London: SPCK Publishing, 2019.

Please consult your instructor before purchasing any textbooks.