THE WORLD OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

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LECTURER

Rev. Dr Adam White began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia and two sons, Alexander, and Sebastian.


COURSE INFO

Why would Paul, A Hebrew speaking Jew, writing to Latin speaking Romans, use Greek? Why was the liberating message of the crucified messiah considered “foolish?” What did the first Christians look like to outsiders? Did Paul really endorse slavery and male headship? So many aspects and difficult issues of the NT are overlooked or misunderstood in the 21st century for the very simple reason that we don’t know much about the world of the text. This course takes a look at the culture, customs, and values of the first century, especially as they relate to the NT. It asks the question “What was that world like?” and “How does the NT challenge it?” It shows how radical this minority group were in the face of the Roman Empire and invites the student to be challenged in their own convictions and values as 21st century Christians.

COURSE OUTCOME

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Illustrate the role and function of Christians as members of the body of Christ and the broader community based on a similar understanding of the first-century church
  • Analyse various NT passages and themes through historical-critical exegesis and engagement with a wide variety of primary and secondary sources
  • Analyse the historical background and social context of the NT.

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