The New Testament in Antiquity

The New Testament in Antiquity

Taught by Gary M. Burge, Gene L. Green

The New Testament in Antiquity online course, featuring scholars Gary Burge and Gene Green, skillfully develops how Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures formed the essential environment in which the New Testament authors wrote their books and letters.

Course Details

  • 27 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 9 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • The New Testament in Antiquity

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Course Description

New Testament in Antiquity

Today many Christians know the basic elements of the New Testament story and enjoy an intimate, deeply personal love for numerous passages of these texts. However, few understand the breadth of this story, much less how to interpret each book. Many gravitate to familiar texts but don’t feel confident interpreting other more difficult passages. Here, in the New Testament in Antiquity online course, Gary Burge and Gene Green will assist learners of all ages to become alert, capable students of the New Testament and to guide you through its many books, uncovering the great treasure to be found within.

The New Testament in Antiquity course skillfully develops how Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures formed the essential environment in which the New Testament authors wrote their books and letters. Students will learn how understanding the land, history, and culture of this world brings remarkable new insights into how we read the New Testament itself. Scholars Gary Burge and Gene Green provide an engaging and accessible overview of the entire New Testament, while challenging learners to explore the depths of the New Testament within its cultural worlds.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • A deeper understanding of the cultures of the New Testament
  • Greater ability to bridge the gap between the first-century understanding of the kingdom and our lives as twenty-first-century Christians
  • Wisdom and insight into each New Testament book, including its significance, textual content, and cultural setting, along with implications for Christian life today
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Gary M. Burge

PhD, University of Aberdeen

Gary M. Burge is professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary. Gary has authored Who Are God’s People in the Middle East? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians; John and Letters of John in the NIV Application Commentary series; The New Testament in Antiquity (couthored with Gene Green); and the first two volumes in the Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, The Bible and the Land and Jesus, the Middle Eastern Storyteller.

Gene L. Green

PhD, Kings College, Aberdeen University

Gene L. Green is dean of Trinity International University’s Florida campus. Previously, he served as professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. His special research interest is the intersection of the Christian faith and cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Gene has pastored and taught in churches in the United States and Latin America since 1972.

Course Outline

  • Studying the New Testament

  • The Historical Setting of the New Testament

  • The World of Jesus in His Jewish Homeland

  • The Mediterranean World of the Apostle Paul

  • Sources for the Story of Jesus

  • The Story of Jesus

  • The Teachings of Jesus

  • The Gospel According to Matthew

  • The Gospel According to Mark

  • The Gospel According to Luke

  • The Gospel According to John

  • The Acts of the Apostles

  • Paul of Tarsus: Life and Teachings

  • The Letter to the Galatians


  • 1 and 2 Thessalonians

  • 1 Corinthians

  • 2 Corinthians

  • The Letter to the Romans

  • Colossians and Ephesians

  • Philippians and Philemon

  • The Pastoral Letters: 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus

  • The Letter to the Hebrews

  • The Letter of James

  • 1 and 2 Peter and Jude

  • The Letters of John

  • The Revelation of John

  • The Preservation and Communication of the New Testament




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