Intro to the New Testament

Instructor: Eric C. Smith, Ph.D.

Course Texts:
Pamela Eisenbaum. Paul Was Not A Christian: The Original Message of a Misunderstood Apostle. HarperOne, 2010. ISBN: 978-0061349911.

Krister Stendahl. Final Account: Paul's Letter to the Romans. Fortress Press, 1995. ISBN: 978-0800629229.
Amy-Jill Levine; Marc Z. Brettler. The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition. Oxford University Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-19-046185-0.

Bart Ehrman. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings. Oxford, 2015. ISBN: 978-0190203825.

Additionally, you might consider purchasing a good, modern NRSV study bible such as the one below. The Jewish Annotated New Testament above will be sufficient, but if you don't a Harper-Collins, an Oxford, a New Interpreter's, or another NRSV study bible, it would be a good investment. No NIV, NKJV, or other translations please!

Society of Biblical Literature. Harper Collins Study Bible. Harper Collins, 2006. ISBN: 978-0060786847.

An overview of the weekly schedule is available in the "How the Course Will Work" forum. Please read it carefully!

Grades are calculated this way:
Weekly posts, four per week, 1.5 points per post, for a total of 48 points or 48%
Say Hello/How the Course Will Work discussion, 2 points or 2%
Philemon writing assignment, 10 points or 10%
Midterm, 20 points or 20%
Final, 20 points or 20%

Course Goals:

Course Outcomes:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to do the following:

Course Overview


Course Objectives

For policies and services (including pass/fail, incompletes policies, and ADA accommodations, see

Degree Learning Goals: Please take some time to look over the Professional Degree Learning Goals (MDiv, MASC, MAPSC) and the Academic Degree Learning Goals (MTS, MA).

Incompletes:  If incompletes are allowed in this course, see the Master's Student Handbook for Policies and Procedures.

Pass/Fail:  Masters students wishing to take the class pass/fail should discuss this with the instructor by the second class session.

Academic Integrity and Community Covenant:  All students are expected to abide by Iliff’s statement on Academic Integrity, as published in the Masters Student Handbook, or the Joint PhD Statement on Academic Honesty, as published in the Joint PhD Student Handbook, as appropriate.  All participants in this class are expected to be familiar with Iliff’s Community Covenant.

Core ValuesAs a community, Iliff strives to live by this set of Core Values.

Accommodations:  Iliff engages in a collaborative effort with students with disabilities to reasonably accommodate student needs.   Students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor to initiate the process of requesting accommodations.  The advising center can be contacted at or by phone at 303-765-1146. 

Writing Lab:  Grammar and organization are important for all written assignments.  Additional help is available from the Iliff Writing Lab, which is available for students of any level who need help beginning an assignment, organizing thoughts, or reviewing a final draft. 

Inclusive Language:  It is expected that all course participants will use inclusive language in speaking and writing, and will use terms that do not create barriers to classroom community. 


Mar 26, 2019TueHow the Course Will Work/Say Hellodue by 05:59AM
Mar 27, 2019WedWeek 1: Primary Texts (Jewish and Greco-Roman Backgrounds)due by 05:59AM
Mar 28, 2019ThuWeek 1: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
Mar 29, 2019FriWeek 1: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
Mar 30, 2019SatWeek 1: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
Apr 03, 2019WedWeek 2: Primary Texts (Issues in the Interpretation of Paul, 1-2 Thessalonians, Philippians, Galatians)due by 05:59AM
Apr 04, 2019ThuWeek 2: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
Apr 05, 2019FriWeek 2: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
Apr 06, 2019SatWeek 2: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
Apr 10, 2019WedWeek 3: Primary Texts (Corinthian Correspondence, Philemon)due by 05:59AM
Apr 11, 2019ThuWeek 3: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
Apr 12, 2019FriWeek 3: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
Apr 13, 2019SatWeek 3: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
Apr 17, 2019WedWeek 4: Primary Texts (Romans and Pseudo-Paul)due by 05:59AM
Apr 18, 2019ThuWeek 4: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
Apr 19, 2019FriWeek 4: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
Apr 20, 2019SatWeek 4: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
Apr 22, 2019MonPhilemon Writing Assignmentdue by 05:59AM
May 08, 2019WedWeek 7: Primary Texts (Synoptic Problem and Mark)due by 05:59AM
May 09, 2019ThuWeek 7: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
May 10, 2019FriWeek 7: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
May 11, 2019SatWeek 7: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
May 11, 2019SatMidterm Examdue by 05:59AM
May 15, 2019WedWeek 8: Primary Texts (Second-Generation Synoptic Gospels)due by 05:59AM
May 16, 2019ThuWeek 8: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
May 17, 2019FriWeek 8: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
May 18, 2019SatWeek 8: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
May 22, 2019WedWeek 9: Primary Texts (Gospel of John, Thomas Literature)due by 05:59AM
May 23, 2019ThuWeek 9: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
May 24, 2019FriWeek 9: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
May 25, 2019SatWeek 9: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
May 29, 2019WedWeek 10: Primary Texts (Acts, Hebrews, James, Revelation)due by 05:59AM
May 30, 2019ThuWeek 10: Secondary Textsdue by 05:59AM
May 31, 2019FriWeek 10: Marginaliadue by 05:59AM
Jun 01, 2019SatWeek 10: In-Depthdue by 05:59AM
Jun 05, 2019WedFinal Examdue by 05:59AM