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The New Testament in Its World
Zondervan Academic

The New Testament in Its World

This course is designed to open your eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. Guiding you in how to think like a first-century Christian, it stands to become the definitive seminary-level introduction on the topic.

At a Glance

  • Gain deeper understanding of the purpose of the New Testament and greater ability to bridge the gap between the first-century understanding of the kingdom and our lives as twenty-first-century Christians
  • Knowledge of each New Testament book, including their significance, textual layout and content, and critical topics that provide commentary with implications for Christian life today
  • Access to all course material—video lectures, readings, key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

Enter the world of the New Testament. This course will serve as your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. An ideal guide, The New Testament in Its World course addresses many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity.

On-location and in-studio videos, maps, charts, diagrams, and photos will immerse you into the world of the New Testament as this course takes you on a journey with Wright and Bird to Jerusalem, Corinth, Athens, Rome, Nazareth, Qumran, Capernaum, and the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

This course brings together decades of ground-breaking research, writing, and teaching into one learning experience that will open stduents’ eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It presents the New Testament books as historical, literary, and social phenomena located in the world of Second Temple Judaism, amidst Greco-Roman politics and culture, and within early Christianity.

Course Outline: 

  1. Beginning Study of the New Testament
  2. The New Testament as History
  3. The New Testament as Literature
  4. The New Testament as Theology
  5. The History of the Jews between the Persian and Roman Empires
  6. The Jewish Context of Jesus and the Early Church
  7. The Greco-Roman Context of the Early Church
  8. The Study of the Historical Jesus
  9. The Profile and Praxis of a Prophet
  10. Who Did Jesus Think He Was?
  11. The Death of the Messiah
  12. The Afterlife in Greek, Roman, and Jewish Thought
  13. The Story of Easter According to the Apostle Paul
  14. The Story of Easter According to the Evangelists
  15. The Story of Paul’s Life and Ministry
  16. A Primer on Pauline Theology
  17. Galatians
  18. 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  19. Philippians
  20. Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians
  21. 1 and 2 Corinthians
  22. Romans
  23. The Pastoral Epistles
  24. The Gospel According to Mark
  25. The Gospel According to Matthew
  26. The Gospel According to Luke and Acts of the Apostles
  27. The Gospel According to John
  28. The Making of the Gospels
  29. Introduction to Early Christian Letters
  30. The Letter to the Hebrews
  31. Letters by Jesus’s Brothers: James and Jude
  32. Petrine Letters: 1 and 2 Peter
  33. Johannine Letters: 1, 2, and 3 John
  34. Revelation
  35. Introduction to Textual Criticism of the New Testament
  36. The Canonization of the New Testament
  37. Bringing It all Together

About the Technology

Authors & Instructors

N.T. Wright
N.T. Wright

D.Phil. and D.D., University of Oxford

N. T. Wright is professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and also senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

Michael F. Bird
Michael F. Bird

PhD., University of Queensland

Michael F. Bird is a lecturer in theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of many books, including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies on Paul, Justification, and the New Perspective, and Evangelical Theology, and editor of The Apostle Paul: Four Views. He blogs at the New Testament blog Euangelion.