Exploring the New Testament

Mark Jennings
Instructor: Mark Jennings
Code: NT501
Section: BA
Mode: Digital Live
Location: Online
Schedule: Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm
Dates: 05/17 - 08/20


The intent of this course is to introduce you to the history, genre, theology, and fundamental message of the New Testament. The New Testament speaks to one central question: WHO IS JESUS? All other questions – what does this mean for my life, for the church, for the world, for eternity – all stem from this central question. Each New Testament book contributes to this great question in different, but complementary ways. As we consider the New Testament, we also must consider the historical context of the ancient world, its social dynamics, and even how to read it (a narrative works differently than a letter, for example). This course will give prominence to the redemptive-historical narrative of the Bible by stressing the connections between the New Testament and the Old Testament.


This course serves the following institutional learning objectives:

  • To encourage students to become knowledgeable of God’s inerrant Word, competent in its interpretation, proclamation and application in the contemporary world. [Article 1]
  • To maintain academic excellence in the highest tradition of Christian scholarship in the teaching of the biblical, historical and theological disciplines. [Article 2]


  1. Identify and Explain how the historical and social dynamics of the ancient world impact how to understand the New Testament.
  2. Identify and Explain the different genres of the New Testament, including the key elements each necessary for understanding the New Testament.
  3. Identify and Analyze the presence and function of the Old Testament in the New Testament on representative NT text representatives.
  4. Identify and Present the major contours of representative New Testament books.


Mode: Digital Live

This weekly Digital Live course will be conducted fully online with a weekly schedule aligned with GCTS’ academic calendar. Students should plan to interact weekly with the material, with each other, and with the instructor through online classroom discussions, reading, and other assignments that promote active learning.


You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to take this course (for credit or personal enrichment). Learn More »