LIT1312/3 The New Testament as Literature

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Welcome to this research guide for The New Testament as Literature. This guide will help you find resources that you can use for your course projects and CRA paper.  View a short video presentation by the Professor of Record introducing you to this course.

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This course seeks to introduce an approach to the study of the New Testament that encourages appreciation for its nature as literature. This approach includes reviewing the following:

1. The literary nature of the New Testament books.
2. The interaction between culture and literature.
3. The historical and cultural context of the New Testament documents.
4. How the New Testament was produced, recognized, and transmitted as Scripture.
5. How social science tools can aid New Testament study.
6. An understanding of biblical criticism, including brief surveys of several critical disciplines.
7. A brief analysis of each New Testament book related to its literary nature and original context.

The emphasis of this course is in exploring the New Testament as a body of literature, infinitely unique in its divine inspiration but also divinely intended to be understood within the characteristics and dynamics of literature. The ultimate purpose of the course is to give you a broader and deeper appreciation of the New Testament and a greatly enhanced ability to understand the rich, life-changing meaning of its truth.

Global University does not necessarily agree with all the views represented in the resources in this guide. These are provided for the student to contrast and compare with the Biblical text and ideas presented in the Global University IST.

Course Professor

Hi! My name is Randy Hedlun. I am both the author and the professor of record for the New Testament as Literature course. I would love to interact with you about the course or a subject that you find interesting, related to the course. Feel free to ask me a question or give an opinion. If you find an interesting source, please suggest it and I'll check it out.

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Scholarly Contributions:

Dr. Hedlun’s paper titled A New Reading of Acts 18:24–19:7: Understanding the Ephesian Disciples Encounter as Social Conflict was published in the Religion and Theology Journal in 2010. His paper titled Rethinking Luke’s Purpose: The Effect of First Century Social Conflict was published in 2013 in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and received an award from the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship. Dr. Hedlun also contributed a chapter to A Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit: Contemporary Issues in Pneumatology, published by Global University, 2009.

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