Historical Introduction to the New Testament

Course Code: HNT101
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Fall, Summer Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This iteration of the course is the continuation of the course that was taught in summer 2020. Location: Online

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Course Description

This course will look at the history of the basic book of European civilization, the New Testament. The course will examine this important text from the standpoint of what can be known about its history and purpose. Since the New Testament is fundamental to understanding Western civilization, students will receive insights into the religious basis of how people in the Western world think and respond to issues. The course will cover the factors that can be known about the production of the books of the New Testament and what aspects and varieties of Christian belief they show. The course is intended to provide historical understanding of the New Testament; it is not intended to convert students to belief in Christianity. Participants who complete this course will better understand the modern Western viewpoint and will certainly enjoy interesting discussions based on class materials and lectures provided by the instructor.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the ideas found in the New Testament.
2. Discuss the background of the New Testament.
3. Interpret aspects of Western culture in light of the ideas of Christianity.


Holy Bible: The New Revised Standard Version (Other versions are acceptable if the NRSV is not available.)


Patrick Rosenkjar

Instructor Biography

Professor Rosenkjar is an expert in various aspects of linguistics, language teaching methods, and literature. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in German language studies; a master's degree from San Francisco State University in English, with a concentration in language teaching and in American and British literature; and a doctorate from Temple University in second language education. He has published in the areas of content-based English teaching, designing English reading courses for Japanese students, research and theory of curriculum and course design, and understanding poetry. His interests include culture studies, history, linguistic theory, and literary texts; and he reads extensively for pleasure and professional enrichment in these areas. He has been a full-time faculty member of Temple University Japan Campus since 1988.