Introduction to the New Testament (online course only)

Introduction to the New Testament (online course only)


Introduction to the New Testament

Class orientation September 11-14, 2023
Orientation Zoom call: Monday September 11 at 7 PM Central Time
Class sessions: September 15 - November 30, 2023


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 Rev. Dr. Rick Carlson will be the facilitator for this course. He is one of the lecturers, faculty emeriti of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and currently co-pastor with his wife Michelle Carlson at First Lutheran in Kearney NE.


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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