Introduction to the New Testament (online course only)

Introduction to the New Testament (online course only)


Introduction to the New Testament

Class orientation: September 8 at 7:30 PM Central Time
Class sessions: September 11 - November 19, 2020


Textbook: Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey by Mark Allan Powell (CLICK HERE to purchase on Amazon.)


Select's online companion courses provide wonderful input and support. In this course, newly completed in 2008, the lectures are done by Dr Ray Pickett, Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, Dr Sarah Henrich, Luther Seminary, St Paul, and Dr Rick Carlson, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The facilitator for this course is Pr. Adam Wutka. Adam has been serving at two ELCA congregations in central Kansas for the past thirteen years: St. Mark, Great Bend; and St. Paul, Galatia. In addition to preaching and teaching in Bible studies and education programs for adults and youth at his congregations and occasionally at community events or other area congregations, he also teaches in an area-wide Lutheran Confirmation program which he co-founded over a decade ago. Additionally, Pastor Adam is currently teaching Latin to a group of youth in the local homeschool co-op.




In this online course students will be introduced to key themes and issues in the study of the New Testament, and learn basic skills to equip them to be competent and creative interpreters of New Testament texts. The Introduction to the New Testament DVD presents a model for interpreting Scripture that emphasizes the importance of reading New Testament texts in their cultural and literary contexts with a view to relating them to contemporary cultural and ministry contexts. The course will focus on the practice of interpreting New Testament texts. Students will use the models and insights from presentations on the Select DVD to explore questions raised by the study of specific New Testament texts and then discuss how these texts continue to shape our faith and practice in today's world.


Access to the class website and orientation details will be available a few days before the orientation week. The course work will include readings, DVD lectures, online essays, online responses to classmates and facilitator, and work with specific biblical texts.



  1. Introduction, Dr. Ray Pickett, Dr. Sarah Henrich, and Dr Rick Carlson

  2. Gospel of Mark, Dr. Ray Pickett
  3. Gospel of Matthew, Dr. Rick Carlson

  4. Gospel of Luke, Dr. Sarah Henrich

  5. Gospel of John, Dr. Ray Pickett

  6. Acts, Dr. Sarah Henrich

  7. Letters of Paul I, Dr. Ray Picket

  8. Letters of Paul II , Dr. Rick Carlson

    1. 1 & 2 Corinthians

    2. Romans

  9. Letters of Paul III, Dr. Sarah Henrich,

    1. Philippians & Philemon

    2. Deutero-Pauline Epistles

    3. Pastoral Epistles

  10. Revelation, Dr. Rick Carlson

CLICK HERE for a syllabus.

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