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    Make sure that you have enrolled as a student at ETS, and that you have registered for this particular class.  (You only have to enroll as a student one time, but after that it will be necessary for you to register for each class in order to gain access to the course materials.)


    If this is your first (or only) course in this program there are some things you need to know about our online procedures.  With few exceptions, most of our courses will contain the following components:

    1. An Independent Study Text (IST): This is the basic textbook for your course.  It is a combination textbook and workbook with self-test questions for you to measure your progress through the course.

    2. A Collateral Reading Assignment (CRA): This is a book or books which are required reading for the course.  You will be required to read and write a report in which you summarize the book and interact with the author. This will count for 35% of your total grade.

    3. A Project: This is a practical application of the material that you have learned.  You will be required to write a report of your project (instructions will be found in your Student's Packet, which can be downloaded from this website.) Your project will count for 25% of your total grade.

    4. A Service Learning Requirement (SLR): A mandatory, non-graded exercise in which you use the information learned in the course in your ministry setting.

    5. A Final Exam: The final exam usually consists of 100 questions and will be computer graded from a Scantron answer sheet. Your final exam will count for 40% of your course grade.

    6. A Student's Packet: This is a booklet that you download from this website; it contains instructions on how to complete the requirements for this course.

    7. A Course Syllabus: This is a detailed description of the course, including all the components of the course and exactly what is expected of the student.  It will list all the course materials that are required, the assignments that must be turned in by the student and how the coursework will be graded.  It is downloadable from this website.

    AN OVERVIEW OF THE COURSE: (LIT1303, New Testament Literature)

    This course seeks to introduce a panoramic view of the New Testament by presenting the following:

    1. The chronological sequence of the writing of its books and its events.

    2. Its significant geographical information.

    3. Its principal characters.

    4. An outline and a synopsis of the content of its books.

    5. Its outstanding doctrines, passages, terms, and events.

    An effort is made to integrate the messages of the various New Testament books, doctrines, and personalities. This is accomplished by analyzing their individual contributions to the corporate message. This integration is made in the context of basic introductory information about authorship (including biographical data), dates written, purpose, literary style, recipients (including cultural, historical, political, and religious background), and location of each writing.


    1. Read your Student's Packet to become familiar with how our system of study works, and to know exactly what will be expected of you.

    2. Read the Introductory material in your IST, leading up to Lesson One.

    3. VERY IMPORTANT! Plan your calendar so that you are working toward a completion date for your course.  Budget your time and plan your study times very carefully. The ability to comprehend the material will vary from student to student, but you should expect to spend no less than 100 hours on this course, including reading, writing, exam, and completion of assignments (project and SLR)


    CHAPTER TITLE: Aspects of the New Testament World


    1. Describe the Roman provincial system and its relationship to Judaism and to first century Christianity.

    2. Describe the status of the Jewish state under the Ptolemies, Seleucidae, Maccabees, Herods, procurators, and priests.

    3. List the outstanding features of the social world of the New Testament as reflected in Jewish and pagan societies, cultural attainments, and moral standards.

    4. Explain the influence of the economic world upon first century Christianity as seen in agriculture, industry, finance, transportation, and travel of that day.


    1. Read Chapter 1 in your IST and answer the self-test questions.

    2. Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Tenney (your CRA)


    LESSON TITLE: Other Religions, Judaism


    1. Name and describe the various religions of the first century,including their main tenets and the highest good for which they strive, and compare them with Christianity.

    2. Identify major philosophies that influenced people in the world in which Christianity emerged.

    3. Analyze the major doctrines, sects, and institutions of Judaism, showing how they relate to Christianity.

    4. Explain the relationship of the Talmud and Apocrypha to the Old Testament Scriptures.


    1. Read Chapter 2 in your IST

    2. Read Chapters 3-5 in Tenney


      CHAPTER TITLE: The New Testament Gospels; an Overview


      1. Name the New Testament books and the author of eachbook.

      2. Classify the New Testament books into their four literary character divisions and their three time periods.the activities...the objectives...

      3. Analyze the three theories of sources for the Synoptic Gospels.

      4. Identify teaching methods Jesus used that are noted in the textbook and Study Guide.

      5. Appreciate the impact of Jesus’ life and teaching upon your own life and ministry.


      1. Read Chapter 3 in your IST

      2. Read Chapters 6-7 in Tenney


        CHAPTER TITLE: The Gospel Account of Matthew


        1.State the origin of the Gospel of Matthew, including date and place written and purpose of writing.

        2. Describe the main themes, major doctrines, major events,and most important characters of the book.

        3. Compare Matthew with the other gospel accounts, showing similarities and differences.

        4. Use your increased knowledge of the content of Matthew in your preaching, teaching, or personal witness.


        1. Read Chapter 4 in your IST

        2. Read Chapter 8 in Tenney

        • LESSON FIVE

          CHAPTER TITLE: The Gospel Account of Mark


          1. Discuss the historical background of the Gospel of Mark, including its author, date and location of writing, and the persons to whom it was written.

          2. Explain the purpose and emphasis of the Gospel of Mark.

          3. Compare Mark with the other three Gospels and show outstanding similarities and differences.

          4. Relate important subjects in Mark with their appropriate Scripture settings.

          5. Apply spiritual truths taught in Mark to your own life and ministry.


          1. Read Chapter 5 in your IST

          2. Read Chapter 9 in Tenney

          • LESSON SIX

            CHAPTER TITLE: The Gospel Account of Luke


            1. Identify the origin of the Gospel of Luke, including author, date and place written, and purpose of writing.

            2. Examine the emphasis of the book, its major doctrines, and its most important characters and events.

            3. Compare the Gospel of Luke with the other Gospel accounts and show similarities and differences.

            4. Allow the Holy Spirit to use your study of Luke’s Gospel in developing your own spiritual growth and your ministry to others.


            1. Read Chapter 6 in your IST

            2. Read Chapter 10 in Tenney

            • LESSON SEVEN

              CHAPTER TITLE: The Gospel Account of John


              1. State basic facts concerning the origin and author of the Gospel of John.

              2. Explain the purpose and emphasis of John.

              3. Compare the content and style of writing of the Gospel of John with the Synoptics.

              4. Apply in your own life and ministry major doctrines concerning the deity of Christ and man’s relationship to God’sSon.


              1. Read Chapter 7 in your IST

              2. Read Chapter 11-12 in Tenney

              • LESSON EIGHT

                CHAPTER TITLE: The Establishment and Transition of the Church


                1. Explain the relationship between the book of Luke and the book of Acts.

                2. Identify the purpose of the book of Acts, including its plan, its source of power, and the persons through whom its purpose is accomplished.

                3. Summarize the significant topics and events of the first eleven chapters of Acts.

                4. Utilize the knowledge gained from your study of the Spirit-born, Spirit-filled, Spirit-empowered, and Spirit-guided first century church for your own spiritual growth and for an effective ministry in the church of the twentieth century.


                1. Read Chapter 8 in your IST

                2. Read Chapter 13-14 in Tenney

                • LESSON NINE

                  CHAPTER TITLE: The Gentile Church

                  OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                  1. Explain the importance of Antioch in the spread of the gospel.

                  2. Describe the issues that brought about the Council at Jerusalem and the results of the Council.

                  3. Discuss Paul’s missionary journeys and their outcomes, including the spread of the gospel into Europe.

                  4. Understand key doctrines and principles discussed in this lesson, and apply them in your own life and ministry.


                  1. Read Chapter 9 in your IST

                  2. Read Chapter 15-16 in Tenney (stop at the Corinthian Correspondence)

                  • LESSON TEN

                    CHAPTER TITLE: The Corinthian Correspondence

                    OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                    1. Explain the background and purpose of the Corinthian correspondence.

                    2. Identify the date of writing, central theme, basic content, and value of 1 and 2 Corinthians and Romans.

                    3. Evaluate the significance of Paul’s last visit to Corinth, his plan to go to Rome, and the conclusion of the mission.

                    4. Appreciate more fully Christ’s plan for the building of His church and for the guidance, protection, and enablement of the Holy Spirit revealed in this study.


                    1. Read Chapter 10 in your IST

                    2. Read Chapter 16 in Tenney (start at the Corinthian Correspondence to the end of the chapter)

                    • CHAPTER ELEVEN

                      CHAPTER TITLE: The Pauline Imprisonment

                      OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                      1. Explain the circumstances that led to Paul’s arrival in Rome, beginning with his journey to Jerusalem.

                      2. Compare the assemblies at the time of Paul’s earlier Epistles with those to whom he wrote the Prison Epistles.

                      3. Describe the background of each of the Prison Epistles and the general content of each.

                      4. Understand and appreciate the glory of Christ that is presented in Colossians, the mystical body of Christ in Ephesians, the joy of Christ in Philippians, and the love of Christ in Philemon.


                      1. Read Acts 21:17–28:31

                      2. Read Chapter 11 in your IST

                      3. Read Chapter 17 in Tenney

                      • CHAPTER TWELVE

                        CHAPTER TITLE: The Church in Crisis

                        OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                        1. Discuss the background, purpose, content, and values of each of the pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter, and Hebrews.

                        2. Describe changes that took place in the church during the periods of organizational growth and suffering.

                        3. Explain the factors that caused the church to break with Judaism and the results for the church.

                        4. Apply in your own life and ministry the principles presented in this lesson concerning the sufficiency of grace in times of suffering and persecution.


                        1. Read 1 Timothy, Titus, 2 Timothy, 1 Peter, and Hebrews

                        2. Read Chapter 12 in your IST

                        3. Read Chapter 18-20 in Tenney

                        • LESSON THIRTEEN

                          CHAPTER TITLE: The Perils of Heresies

                          OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                          1. Discuss the background, purpose, content, and value of 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, and 3 John.

                          2. Describe some of the false doctrines and characteristics of the factions that troubled the church of this period.

                          3. Have a greater appreciation for the Word of God as the antidote to false doctrines and wrong living.


                          1. Read 2 Peter, Jude, and 1, 2, and 3 John straight through to get an overview of the message of each

                          2. Read Chapter 13 in your IST

                          3. Read Chapter 21 in Tenney

                          • LESSON FOURTEEN

                            CHAPTER TITLE: The Expectant Church

                            OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                            1. Describe the background, theme, purpose, and value of the book of Revelation.

                            2. Identify the four ways of interpreting the book of Revelation and explain significant points about each.

                            3. Discuss the time relation of major events of Revelation.

                            4. Have greater faith that God’s purposes are being worked out in the end-time triumphs of Christ over anti-Christian forces,and over Satan, as revealed in the book of Revelation.


                            1. Read the book of Revelation straight through to get anoverview of its message

                            2. Read Chapter 14 in your IST

                            3. Read Chapter 22 in Tenney

                            • LESSON FIFTEEN

                              CHAPTER TITLE: The Canon and Text of the New Testament

                              OBJECTIVES OF THIS LESSON:

                              1. Define the word canon and explain the stages by which the New Testament canon developed and the criteria that were applied to determine canonicity.

                              2. Describe how the New Testament was transmitted through the centuries, including the problems that are encountered in faithfully transmitting the text and the process that has made it the most trustworthy document to come down from antiquity.

                              3. Have a greater appreciation for the inspiration, preservation, and transmission of the New Testament, and convey that appreciation to those to whom you minister.


                              1. Read Chapter 15 in your IST

                              2. Read Chapter 23-24 in Tenney

                              • SERVICE LEARNING REQUIREMENT

                                THE PURPOSE:

                                The purpose of the SLR is for students to apply and present principles learned from each course to people in their life or community during the course enrollment period.The SLR will be assessed by a faculty member as satisfactory or unsatisfactory.The SLR Report must be submitted with your project and CRA (if required) before you take your final examination.Course credit will be granted ONLY after the SLR Report is submitted and assessed as satisfactorily completed.The SLR Assessment will be returned to you.

                                WHAT YOU MUST DO:

                                1. Choose ONE of the following:

                                ●Preach a sermon to any size group.

                                ●Teach a class or small group.

                                ●Intervene or give counsel to help resolve personal conflicts.

                                ●Share the gospel with nonbelievers (be prepared to develop new relationships to open doors for this ministry).

                                ●Interview pastors, missionaries, or other leaders on a course-related topic (do not post or publish interview content).

                                ●Lead a prayer group or pray with individuals in need, perhaps over an extended period.

                                ●Personally share encouragement and resources with those in need (outreach).

                                ●Organize and/or administer an event in a church program such as leading youth ministry, feeding homeless people, transporting shut-ins, conducting nursing home services, and similar ministries.

                                ●Publish an online blog or article in a church newsletter (include a link in your report to the content of your article or blog).

                                2. Consider using any Christian Evangelism and Discipleship materials from our GlobalReach Web site: www.globalreach.org. These proven tools are available for free and in many languages.

                                3. Have someone observe you, or at least share with someone what you did. Then ask that person to provide feedback by answering the questions in Point 5 of the SLR Report.

                                4. Complete the SLR Report found in your Student Packet. Use additional paper if needed. (Note: You need to submit only one report, even if, for example, you witnessed to several people at different times.) Submit the SLR Report to your enrollment office along with your project and CRA before you take the final examination for this course.

                                • PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

                                  BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PROJECT:

                                  This project is worth 25 percent of your final course grade and must be submitted to your enrollment office before you may take the final examination.You will be graded on your ability to apply the principles that are taught in the course as well as your ability to follow instructions.

                                  In This Project You Will Summarize the primary messages contained in (1) Matthew, (2) Romans, (3) 1 Corinthians, and (4) 2 Timothy, and assess how these messages are relevant to contemporary society. Your total word length should be approximately 1200–1500 words (5 to 6 double-spaced, typewritten pages). The addition of the cover and reference list could make the completed project 7 to 8 pages. You may use your Bible, IST or study guide, notes, and research material.

                                  DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS OF YOUR PROJECT CAN BE FOUND IN YOUR STUDENT'S PACKET (see download from the beginning of course or download again from the link given in this section.)

                                • PREPARING FOR YOUR FINAL EXAM

                                  WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE?

                                  Your final exam will consist of 100 multiple-choice questions taken directly from your IST and Tenney's textbook.  Any other material (Lectures, PowerPoint, Audio-Visuals, Videos, etc.), although valuable as supplementary material, will not be included on the exam.

                                  WHAT IT WILL COUNT: Your final exam will count for 40% of your total course grade.

                                  WHEN CAN IT BE TAKEN? All coursework (CRA, Project, and SLR) must be completed BEFORE the exam can be taken.

                                  HOW IT IS ADMINISTERED: Your final exam must be taken under the direct supervision of a proctor (observer) who has been approved by the seminary.  When you are ready to take your exam, please talk to the person whom you would like to recommend to be your proctor.  If they agree, please submit his or her name and contact information to the academic dean at Evangel Theological Seminary.  If they are approved, the exam will be sent to them along with the Scantron answer sheet.  You will then make an appointment with them to oversee the exam.  The completed exam and Scantron MUST be returned by the proctor.  Your exam will be graded by a computer.  Complete instructions on how to use the Scantron answer sheet will be on the sheet itself.

                                  ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? If you have any other questions, please feel free to call our academic dean or our online studies director at +38  (044) 527-94-89 or e-mail your questions to evangelts@yahoo.com.   You may also fax them to +38 (044) 527-94-12.

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