This course introduces students to the complex literary, historical, and theological worlds of the New Testament. Core concerns of the gospels, of Jesus, and of Pauline theology will be examined in their Roman imperial, Hellenistic and Jewish colonia contexts of the first century C.E. Current interpretational issues such as social and global justice, gender, race, ecology, and Jewish-Christian and interreligious dialogue form the background of an intense work with texts, sources and historical material that enables a rethinking of the biblical message(s).

M.Div. students:  Concurrent registration in NT 101A is required unless prior knowledge of Bible content has been demonstrated by passing the Bible content assessment exam offered during Orientation.

M.A. students:  Concurrent registration in NT 101A is allowed but is not a requirement.