Introduction

Syllabus for New Testament Survey

Taught at Servants Bible School, Vancouver, WA March 26 to May 24, 2012

Pastor Russell Richardson, instructor (richardsonsicc@msn.com)

This course is designed to give the knowledge, skills and resources to prepare one to be a competent student and well prepared teacher of the New Testament.

Course content

The course will teach the backgrounds in culture, history, and geography for the New Testament and its individual books.  It will also survey in a systematic way the content of the New Testament and that of its individual books.

Class schedule

The class will meet Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
beginning March 26 and concluding May 24, 2012.

Student objectives

  1. Read the entire New Testament compiling a chapter by chapter set of questions (at least 2 from each chapter) for future study. At the beginning of each class we will spend some time sharing some of our questions; either with the whole class or in smaller groups. Please bring your copy of all of your questions to each class.

  1. Before reading each book of the New Testament, read and review the introductory material for each book of the New Testament found in Nelson’s Complete Book of Bible Maps and Charts

  1. Read New Testament Survey by Paul Benware - according to the schedule in the assignment table.

  1. Each Monday evening, beginning April 2nd, a quiz on the previous week’s lecture and reading will be given (see schedule.)  The final examination will be comprised of questions from these weekly examinations plus essay questions.

  1. Memorize, in KJV, NKJV, NASB, NIV or ESV.

These are to be recited word perfect to three friends.

  1. Matthew 28:18-20
  2. John 20:30-31
  1. At points during the class other assignments may be given as deemed beneficial by the instructor.

The following is an assignment table

expressing the week by week expectations for student preparation

Date

Subject

Assigned reading due

Bible reading

Other

Mar 26

Introduction

29

Matthew

Questions Due

Apr. 2

Mark

*B  to page 38

Questions Due

Quiz

5

Luke

Questions Due

9

John

*B  to page 68

Questions Due

Quiz

12

Harmony of the Gospels

Questions Due

16

Acts

*B  to page 109

Questions Due

Quiz

19

Romans

Questions Due

23

1 & 2 Corinthians

*B  to page 148

Questions Due

Quiz

26

Galatians & 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Questions Due

30

Prison Epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon

*B  to page 184

Questions Due

Quiz

May 3

1 & 2 Timothy & Titus

Questions Due

7

Hebrews

*B  to page 222

Questions Due

Quiz

10

James & 1 Peter

Questions Due

14

2 Peter, Jude,

1,2&3 John

*B  to page 249

Questions Due

Quiz

17

Revelation

Questions Due

21

Q & A - Summary & Review

*B  to page 281

Questions Due

Quiz

24

Final Examination

*B = Survey of the New Testament by Paul N. Benware

Grading

  1. The 8 quizzes are 15% of the grade
  2. The reading assignment in New Testament Survey is 10% of the grade
  3. The New Testament Reading and Questions are 25% of the grade
  4. The Scripture Memory Work is 10% of the grade
  5. The Final examination is 40% of the grade

Grades are as follows:        A = 90 to 100

B = 80 to 89

C = 70 to 79

D = 60 to 69

WHY SURVEY THE NEW TESTAMENT

Jig saw puzzle – edges are important, so is a picture of what it is supposed to look like.

A satellite view of? OAHU!

Closer in – we get a map, details, information that helps us plan & not get lost

Closer still & we can see some sights!

        Like: Pearl Harbor

            Or: the statue of King Kamehameha

          & if you turn around = you can see the Iolani Palace

        Or – we can climb up Diamond Head & get this view

All this to say: we are going to find the edges and the big picture of the New Testament;

And we are going to acquaint ourselves with the lay of the land, find our way around;

And hopefully take some time to visit some of the highlights – some well-known and maybe some not so well-known.

THE WORLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

  1. This is the area where the Old Testament takes place.
  2. This is the area where the New Testament takes place.
  3. And here is the world of the Gospels
  4. Israel in the days of Jesus
  5. Israel’s general topography from East to West (looking north)
  6. There are 4 areas of Israel that you need to know for sure:
  1. Judea…Samaria…Galilee…Decapolis

   Here are 3 cities we want to look at first:

        Jerusalem…Joppa (Tel Aviv)…Caesarea

Caesarea = Herod’s City by the Sea

= The official residence of the Herods & Roman Procurators

Events:         Philip settled there = Acts 8

Paul (Saul) escaped from Damascus via Caesarea to Tarsus Acts 9

Peter & Cornelius = Acts 15

Paul & team stayed with Philip = Agabus prophecy = Acts 21

Map of the Valley of Jezreel

Jezreel =Sown By God

Map of Galilee – Nazareth:  Various pictures

                         & Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee: Various pictures

                  & Capernaum: Various pictures

                    & Hula Valley = north – source of the Jordan River

  1. Various pictures north to south
  2. Note the change in the landscape
  3. Note the caves = the area where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found

Jerusalem - The City of God: Various Pictures