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New Testament Basics: Things We Thought We Knew

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New Testament Basics: Things We Thought We Knew provides an introduction to the New Testament as it surveys vital information that guides the student’s thinking in the study of the New Testament books. This information is both basic and essential to an accurate understanding of New Testament Scriptures.

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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.
  • 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 (US)
  • I appreciated the pdf of the video to review while going through the quiz.

    — Stephanie, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Cathy, United States (US)
  • 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…

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

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

    — Robert, United States (US)
  • Keep up the fantastic work! 🙂

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

    — Dana, United States (US)
  • An excellent course!

    — Russell, United States (US)
  • I appreciate the length of the course.

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

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

    — Terry, United States (US)
  • Very good

    — Perckson, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Dannita, United States (US)

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

    — Edward, United States (US)
  • Great refresher course! 🙂

    — Amanda, United States (US)
  • 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 (US)
  • 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…

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

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

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

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

    — Donna, United States (US)
  • Great overview

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

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

    — Phyllis, United States (US)
  • Loved the background information.

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

    — Spyder, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Seong, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Clara, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Daniel, United States (US)
  • 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…

    — Gregg, United States (US)

Class Content

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Intermediate Level

Class Details

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

Craig L. Blomberg, PhD