The New Testament contains history, prophecy fulfillment, and essential keys to understanding the metanarrative that God is still writing today. Mobile Ed has three new ways to help you in this process, including courses on interpretation, Paul’s letters, and the recently introduced New Testament: Advanced Program of Study. Here are 3 ways to begin your New Testament studies today!
Learn how to interpret the New Testament
With 27 books varying in authorship and genre, the New Testament can be difficult to interpret at times. Dr. Craig Keener, an award-winning scholar who has written over 17 books, offers practical interpretation advice for readers of the New Testament:
A basic principle of Bible interpretation is, you need to come to the text submitting to hear what God has to say to you—not to make the text say what you want it to say, but to really hear what the text has to say to you.
Dr. Craig Keener, BI103 Principles of Bible Interpretation
Gain a new approach to studying the New Testament in the Mobile Ed: Craig S. Keener Interpreting the New Testament Bundle (5 courses). Develop principles for biblical interpretation. Gain a better understanding of the history of the early church in the book of Acts. Explore the historical reliability of the Gospels and engage with in-depth analysis of the Gospel of Matthew. Discover themes of prayer, suffering, and hope in Revelation.
Gain new perspective on Scripture through Paul’s letters
Each time you read a chapter or verse your perspective has the opportunity to evolve. It is important for readers of the New Testament to be open to gaining new perspective through Scripture, as this is what will shape your theology and understanding of the text. Dr. Douglas Moo offers insight on gaining this new perspective for individuals studying Scripture:
Whatever level we’re at in our reading of Scripture, we still have new things to learn from Scripture. We could still be adjusting our theology to fit what the text is actually saying and all of its specific parts.
Dr. Douglas Moo, NT341 Book Study: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
Master Pauline theology with Dr. Douglas Moo, Dr. Lynn Cohick, and other leading scholars with the Mobile Ed: Paul’s Letters Bundle (7 courses). Explore Paul’s letters to the Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, Galatians, and Philemon to gain a better understanding of Paul’s theology as a whole.
Understand salvation history
From the fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus Christ through the anticipation of his return in the book of Revelation, the New Testament unfolds the story God is telling across the ages. Dr. Douglas Moo reflects on the importance of understanding salvation history:
For me, however, the salvation-historical perspective, in which we recognize that the New Testament writers are thinking about a movement of God’s purpose and plan across time, is central to our understanding of New Testament theology, reminding us that we as Christians stand in the tension, again, between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet,’ looking back to the great things God has already done for us—justifying us, reconciling us, saving us—but also keenly anticipating the things God has yet to give us when Christ returns in glory to wrap up and climax the great plan of God.
Dr. Douglas Moo, NT305 New Testament Theology
For those interested in discovering the fullness of God’s message, the New Testament: Advanced Program of Study offers valuable courses and readings to explore. Study the New Testament with today’s top scholars—Dr. Craig Evans, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Michael Heiser, and many more. Explore elements of the New Testament perspective on Christian ethics, and observe ancient manuscripts that point to the Scripture’s validity. Learn how early non-Christians perceived Jesus. Apply knowledge of the New Testament manuscript record and the practice of ancient scribes to defend Scripture’s reliability while earning a Mobile Ed Certificate of Completion in the New Testament: Advanced Program of Study. Enroll now!