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RELS212 - Introduction to the New Testament

Course Details

Course Code: RELS212 Course ID: 3636 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides a detailed exploration of the historical and religious context, literary styles and theological themes of each of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament, and offers an overview of current New Testament studies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the cultural, political, and religious background of each New Testament book.
2. Describe the historical development and intended purpose of each book.
3. Identify and assess the various critical approaches to studying the New Testament.
4. Identify and explain the central themes of each book as well as the themes running through the New Testament as a whole.
5. Discuss the influence of the New Testament in both the early and modern Church.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Week 3 - Textual Analysis of Matthew 2:1-12 15.00 %
Week 5 - News That You Can Use! 15.00 %
Presentation 40.00 %
Week 8 - My Favorite Book in the New Testament 40.00 %

Important: To access any e-books that are required for this course, please refer to the Online Library, the Resources section in the classroom, and this Electronic Course Material FAQ document:

Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Exploring the New Testament, Volume 1, 2nd ed. - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Intervarsity Press
Unit Cost:$21.98
Book Title:Exploring the New Testament, Volume 2: A Guide to the Letters & Revelation, 2nd ed. - eBook available in the APUS Online Library; hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
Publication Info:Intervarsity Press
Unit Cost:$21.98

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.