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Online Bible Course: Introduction to the New Testament

January 28 - March 22, 2013

Brethren Academy, Richmond Indiana
Instructor: Susan Jeffers

Course Description: This class is a survey of the content of the New Testament and ways of engaging it in the life of the church. We will consider both scholarly and pastoral approaches to reading the New Testament in an effort to become better equipped for biblically grounded ministry. Students will be expected to read and think about assigned biblical and other texts, to participate in online class discussion, and to complete a project that will demonstrate understanding of the scope of the New Testament, effective use of resources such as Bible dictionaries and commentaries, and ability to use the New Testament in ministry.

For more information about the course itself, please contact the instructor, Susan Jeffers
For information on enrollment, fees, etc., please contact the Brethren Academy office, 765-983-1824,

This web page was last updated on 30 June 2012. Please check back for more changes as the time for the course approaches.

Before the Course Officially Begins January 28, 2013

Please read the entire New Testament, all the way through, at least twice, using at least two different translations, such as the King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), or other translation of your choice. Think about what you are reading, and jot down any observations or questions that occur to you as you read; but keep reading - don't stop to research or investigate.

Required books:

(1) NRSV Study Bible. You must have this specific edition - check the ISBN!

The New Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha, Fully Revised Fourth Edition, ISBN 9780195289565.

(2) Bible Dictionary HarperCollins Bible Dictionary, Revised and Updated, Mark Allan Powell, General Editor, 2011, ISBN 9780061469060.

Alternatively, you can use Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, ISBN 0802824005 or 978-0802824004.

(3) Interlinear Greek-English New Testament. If you have an interlinear Greek-English NT already, use what you have. If you do NOT already have one, please get this edition, which is the one the instructor will be using: The New Greek English Interlinear New Testament, Ed. JD Douglas, 1990 or 1993, Tyndale, Wheaton, IL (Personal Size)

(4) Instructor's Biblical Greek audio files and worksheets. These materials will be posted online for you, as Greek lessons alongside your other New Testament lessons. You should be able to view the lessons on your computer screen and/or print them, and listen to the audio files on your computer and/or transfer them to a CD, iPod, or other listening device.


This course consists of 8 weekly units using the required books and the online "Moodle" courseware. Enrolled students will receive logon instructions for Moodle about a week before the course begins.

Course Schedule

Week 1

January 28 - February 1, 2013

Course and student introductions

Week 2

February 4-8, 2013

The Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Week 3

February 11-15, 2013

The Johannine Literature: the Gospel of John and the letters I John, II John, and III John

Week 4

February 18-22, 2013

The Acts of the Apostles, alone and in conversation with Luke and with the letters

Week 5

February 25 - March 1, 2013

Letters: Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians

Week 6

March 4-8, 2013

Letters: I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, I Peter, II Peter, Jude

Week 7

March 11-15, 2013

The book of Revelation

Week 8

March 18-22, 2013

Closing discussion; re-read the entire New Testament one more time.

For information about the course itself, email Susan Jeffers at For information on registration and fees, contact 765-983-1824.