BBL-502 Introduction to the New Testament (3 credits)
This course will provide an introduction to the historical development of the literature of the New Testament and the social world of the earliest Christians. We will examine the texts of the New Testament in the social, political, and religious context of the Roman Empire. You will be required to read critically the texts as historical documents to investigate issues of central concern to the understanding of the origins of Christianity. Although we will study the theological concerns of first and second century Christians, this course will not address contemporary issues of theology and Christian faith.