The Church of the Brethren has long held that it has “no creed save the New Testament.” Yet the New Testament itself is a collection of books and letters of a wide range of genres, none of which resemble a traditional creed. In this course, we will look at the various books of the New Testament, explore the world which created these texts, and look at how the texts may have interacted both with each other and the Hebrew Scriptures. We will look at what the ancient authors of the texts might have been trying to say to their audiences as well as what they are still saying today.

During the course, we will work through a textbook as well as most of the text of the New Testament. There may be supplementary readings as well. We will discuss the readings in the class forums, starting with prompts from the instructor. At the end of the course, you will turn in a project, though the forum of the project is up to the student. It can be a sermon, adult lesson plan, a traditional research paper, or another project.