How to Approach the New Testament

Course Instructor: Dr. C. Scott Fowler

Course Description: How did the New Testament come into existence? How has it been transmitted down through the centuries? Why do we consider it to be authoritative? How can we best approach it so that we can know what it means, why it matters, and how it applies to our lives and the lives of those we influence?

These are just a few of the questions that will arise as we discover concepts such as

  •  Inerrancy and Inspiration
  • Textual Criticism (the science of the reconstruction of the original autographs and how we can be confident that our modern day Bible translations are faithful to the original autographs)
  • Exegesis in comparison to Eisegesis and
  • Inductive Bible Study

We will also outline the proper way to do a

  • Proper Biblical Word Study

We’ll learn something of the New Testament’s original language—Koine Greek—and, before we are finished, we will have encountered the study of

  • Biblical Hermeneutics and the proper approach to Biblical interpretation

All of these concepts are necessary in order to approach the New Testament correctly and with confidence.

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, the diligent student will have a deeper understanding of the origin and transmission of the New Testament, why it is claimed as authoritative for the believer, and be able to approach the study of the New Testament through intentional, ordered steps that will produce balanced, responsible interpretation, and understand why—based on its authority—that any study of the New Testament is not complete until its truths have been applied to the one who studies it.

In-Process Assessment: Along the way, the student will frequently encounter assessment videos in which the instructor will ask a question, give the student a chance to pause the video and settle on an answer, then resume the video and hear the answer with some explanation from the instructor.