Exploring the New Testament

Gerald Erwin Wheaton
Instructor: Gerald Erwin Wheaton
Code: NT501
Section: CA
Location: Charlotte, Digital Live
Schedule: Weekends: Sat 9:00am–3:15pm
Dates: Feb 6, Mar 6, Apr 10

Course Description

The purpose of Exploring the New Testament is to deepen students’ knowledge of the context, content, and theology of the New Testament and so to prepare them for subsequent coursework in which they will delve into more focused study of individual New Testament books and learn skills for robust interpretation of God’s Word and appropriation of Scriptural teaching in ministry. Students will be introduced to aspects of the cultural backgrounds of the New Testament, the history of the earliest Church, and the essential teaching of the New Testament and its Biblical Theological framework. Substantial emphasis will also be given to learning how to do basic research on a New Testament book or topic. This will be done using electronic resources.

Learning Outcome

The primary goal of this course is to ground students more deeply in the New Testament for future study and ministry of the Word of God in whatever capacity they are called. Students will acquire essential knowledge of the content, context, and theology of the New Testament.

Selected Reading List

Required (For-Credit)

  1. CJH Wright, The Mission of God’s People: A Biblical Theology of the Church’s Mission (Zondervan, 2010) ISBN-10: 0310291127
  2. Anthony Thiselton, The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle’s Life and Thought (IVP 2010) ISBN-10: 0830838813
  3. Efrain Agosto, Servant Leadership: Jesus and Paul (Chalice Press, 2005) ISBN-13: 978-0827234635


  1. Constantine R. Campbell and Jonathan T. Pennington, Reading the New Testament as Christian Scripture (Reading Christian Scripture): A Literary, Canonical, and Theological Survey (Baker Academic, 2020) ISBN: 978-1493427352
  2. N.T. Wright, After You Believe (HarperOne, 2012) ISBN-10: 0061730548 ISBN-13: 978-0061730542
  3. Carl G. Rasmussen, Zondervan Essential Atlas of the Bible (Zondervan, 2013) ISBN-10: 0310318572 ISBN-13: 978-0310318576, OR, Carl G. Rasmussen, Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (rev. ed.; Zondervan, 2010) ISBN-10: 0310270502; ISBN-13: 978-0310270508
  4. I. Howard Marshall, New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel (IVP, 2014)
  5. Joel Green and Lee Martin McDonald eds., The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (Baker, 2013) ISBN-10: 0801039622 ISBN-13: 978-0801039621
  6. Barnett, Paul. Jesus & the Rise of Early Christianity: A History of New Testament Times. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1999.
  7. Timothy Keller, Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (Penguin Books, 2016) ISBN-10: 0143108719

Apply by January 15th

Accepting applications for Spring 2021 degree programs through December 15, 2020. Applications for individual courses accepted through January 15, 2021.
Detailed Application Dates & Deadlines


The following tuition rates are for new students enrolling (without a declared degree) in one of our online courses.

*Tuition rates for students enrolled in a declared degree program may vary by campus. See tuition & fees for more information.


$ 350

No Additional Student Service Fees

Best for: Personal Enrichment

Participation: Auditors are restricted to non-participating member status in classes. In other words, auditors may not:

  • Participate in class discussion (except as authorized by the instructor according to the terms included in the course syllabus)
  • Submit written work
  • Sit for exams for the purpose of receiving an evaluation.

Credit/Grading: Auditors do not receive graduate credit nor a grade. Your Gordon-Conwell transcripts will note "AU" in place of a grade reflecting that you audited a course.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • No additional materials required.

Special Non-Degree Student

$ 1650

24% Discount off standard tuition; Student service fees apply.

Best for: Students who desire structured feedback or anticipate enrolling in a future degree program.

Participation: Special Non-Degree Students are fully enrolled students expected to participate in all elements of a course as outlined in the course syllabus.

Credit/Grading: Your Gordon-Conwell transcript will reflect a letter grade, and course credit may be applied toward a future degree program. If you are new to graduate-level coursework and nervous about grading, you may elect to take the course for Pass/Fail. Rather than receive a grade, your transcript will only reflect whether or not you received a passing grade. Degree programs allow a limited number of pass/fail courses.

Application Requirements:

  • Online application.
  • Undergraduate transcript(s).
  • Reference required if undergradute GPA is under 3.0.

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