My first class at Asbury Theological Seminary this fall is an Introduction to the New Testament. For those who have asked, this is my required reading list:
The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight
The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen
Who Chose the Gospels: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy by CE Hill
Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing, and Telling by Dean Fleming
What Saint Paul Really Said by NT Wright
Honor, Patronage, Kinship, & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture by David deSilva
There must be one hundred different ways to design a syllabus for a class like this, I’ve compared a few and they can be very different! My professor is a retired missionary from Kenya, and I’m excited for the cultural aspects he appears to be bringing to the class.
There are also many different ways to be a distance-learner. This class is a full semester (Sept-Dec) with weekly reading assignments, discussions, and video lectures. We meet in person mid-semester at Asbury’s extension campus in Orlando for 3 days in late October… that makes it a “hybrid” class. As an extrovert I actually hate having to study by myself and interact online… but that’s just the best I can do for this phase of life!
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