New Testament Basics: Things We Thought We Knew

This course provides an overview of the New Testament books, providing information about an accurate understanding of the New Testament that is both basic and essential.

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How well do we really know the New Testament? Sometimes the best view is from above.

New Testament Basics: Things We Thought We Knew begins with an overview of the books of the New Testament and examines four categories of questions to ask yourself when studying it. The course will also help you understand and appreciate the culture and context of the time period, as well as the major religious ideas prevalent at that time. By the end, you’ll be better prepared to study the New Testament through an increased understanding of the circumstances in which it was written.


Group Exercises
  • To introduce students to survey information related to the New Testament.
  • To help develop critical and practical aptitudes in understanding the Bible.
  • To provide scholarly information that will foster a better understanding of the historical and biblical context of the New Testament.
  • This is a very succinct course that I highly recommend. The information presented is very well organized and highly informative. This great course is well worth taking!

    — Helen, United States
  • This course will provide you with many facts and information that will help you with your biblical knowledge and background. It will teach and test. It is ideal for those who really want to learn more in-depth.

    — Clevette, United States
  • Very interesting material.

    — Mark, United States
  • This was an excellent course. Easy to understand and a very handy resource. Helps you to understand the main characters in each book, and how they influenced the world for good or bad.

    — Margaret, United States
  • Very interesting historical background information. It made me think more about the culture and times as I was reading the scripture readings. I loved the scripture reading and devotional. Overall, a great course! Well laid out!

    — Amorah, United States
  • Worth the Subscription

    — Rodney, United States
  • Very informative study which I thoroughly enjoyed.

    — Johann, United States
  • Very informative and improved my understanding of historical significance.

    — Suzanne, Australia
  • I really appreciated the explanation of the different belief systems that would have been on the world stage at the time of the early church. That really helps to create a better understanding of what early believers would have wrestled with.

    — Carrie, United States
  • Very interesting course. Listening Guide as well as Discussion Questions had me thinking before answering. They were very thorough and thought provoking. I learned a lot about Jewish history that I did not know.

    — Terry, United States
  • It was great to have the lectures in both written and video form. The information in the lessons was helpful for understanding the New Testament.

    — Meredith, United States
  • I appreciated the pdf of the video to review while going through the quiz.

    — Stephanie, United States
  • Great overview of context through which to view the New Testament. It gave me an understanding of the social and political forces in play in Jesus' time.

    — Cathy, United States
  • This was considered a basic course, but since it contained so much information I never heard of it was extremely difficult for me. I doubt if I will ever use some of the information. It was good to learn more about the sects/groups we commonly see in the Bible. I didn’t see a benefit in the others.

    — Joann, United States
  • This course is a great primer for understanding the overall structure and context of the New Testament!

    — Larissa, United States
  • Excellent course. Thanks for the recommendation.

    — Robert, United States
  • Keep up the fantastic work! :-)

    — Walter, United States
  • I learned a tremendous amount of the New Testament and about the time frame/culture in which Jesus Christ lived.

    — Dana, United States
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, Canada
  • I appreciate the length of the course.

    — Liliarosa, United States
  • Interesting Course. Relevant historical and cultural background to understanding the books of NT.

    — Harold, United States
  • I learned a lot that I didn’t know.

    — Terry, United States
  • Very good

    — Perckson, United States
  • This course will help me understand the historical setting of the New Testament. I will read it (again) with better insight and knowledge. I never knew the various religious options. This course was very interesting.

    — Dannita, United States

    — Jon, Canada
  • An interesting course on the history of the general area that was described in the New Testament.

    — Edward, United States
  • Great refresher course! :)

    — Amanda, United States
  • I'm not sure the quizzes are really more than history quizzes, I was looking for more depth of reasoning regarding the epistles. Good information though.

    — Evan, United States
  • This was definitely one of the better courses I have taken.

    — Monica, Ecuador
  • An interesting and stimulating topic that encourages further study. The introduction to the religious climate of the first century of the New Testament was very interesting and helps to understand much of the Gospels and Epistles.

    — Stephen, South Africa
  • Excellent information. The historical information enhanced my understanding.

    — Stephanie, United States
  • Very much educating and fit its title.

    — Solus, United States
  • The amount of work this course requires is fair and described accurately. I just didn't think the title necessarily matches with the course content.

    — Pamela, United States
  • Overall, good. I was, however, frustrated with some of the quiz questions and their reliance on small details.

    — Donna, United States
  • Great overview

    — Kay, United States
  • Interesting overview of the history of the NT.

    — Dana, United States
  • This gave me basic background information.

    — Phyllis, United States
  • Loved the background information.

    — Denise, United States
  • Very good introduction to the new testament. The reading section from Ray Stedmans book is very helpful.

    — Spyder, United States
  • The course is well explained in many issues that help me to have better understanding of New Testament that would affect my relationship with Christ also with people within and out side of church.

    — Seong, United States
  • I was really surprised to find out how much I didn't know about the New Testament. In all the years of my salvation, I never considered or investigated the Historical background of the New Testament.

    — Clara, United States
  • The course is presented in a systematic way which provide me the insights on the historical background of the old and new testament. The historical background of the different sects and religions available that time are fascinating. They provide a clearer picture has in how challenging it would be to spread the Gospels to the rest of the world. Would definitely introduce this course to those who would like to draw closer to God to appreciate the Word of God.

    — Daniel, United States
  • Good overview of what was happening culturally during the period between the Old and New Testaments, as well during the time of Christ, the first century AD.

    — Gregg, United States

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Course Details

  • 2 Lessons
  • 11 Activities
  • 3 Assessments
  • 19 Min Average
  • 2 Hrs Minimum
  • 0.65 CEUs
  • Course Award

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Craig L. Blomberg, PhD