Understanding the New Testament

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About this Course

Discover the history and content of the New Testament and learn to interpret it for understanding and daily life application.

Caesarea / Reconstruction / Connolly

What you’ll learn in this Course:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the culture and historical background of the New Testament
  • Acquire knowledge about the general content of the books of the New Testament including the general theological themes of each book.
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and make valid personal application of selected New Testament texts.
  • Evaluate the historical background and text of the New Testament with a view toward understanding Jesus’ mission, and the mission of the early church.
  • Explain contextually the broad contours of Paul’s missionary activity and the significance of New Testament letters in the life of the early church.

Required Text

This course is free but does require you to purchase the following textbook. It is ESSENTIAL to your successful completion of this course and you’ll need it the first week of class. Both hardcover and ebook editions are available for purchase.

Get a Head Start

By completing this course with a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you are eligible to apply a Certificate of Completion for 3 academic credits in an undergraduate degree at Crown College. This course can also be applied as 3 professional development credits of the Crown 30 Certificate Program for learners pursuing licensing, ordination or consecration with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.

Licensing, Ordination and Consecration Requirements this course fulfills

By completing this course and its assignments fully, you will meet the following C&MA credentialing criteria:

  • 3 of the 30 required Bible, theology & ministry leadership academic credits


See how Crown 30 courses meet C&MA requirements
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Your Instructor

Mark Kennicott

Mark Kennicott holds a M.Div. from Crown College and is enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Liberty University. He currently lives in Eustis, Florida with his family and teaches English Language Arts at a Christian school. In March 2018, he published his first book, Where Virtue Flows: Receiving the Power Released in His Presence. When he’s not teaching or writing, Mark enjoys rock climbing, disc golf, and spending time with his family.

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