An Introduction to the New Testament

Bellinni-transfiguration_of_christ_on_mount_taborI am teaching a class at the University of Prince Edward Island this semester. “RS 387: The New Testament” is one of my favourite courses to teach. I love the world that the Jesus movement emerged out of–a cultural mess that no film has captured for me just yet. Jesus was a Jewish peasant, a member of a minority culture within a brutal empire. As Jews longed for a deliverer, Jesus made the claim that he was there to deliver them. Ultimately, this claim led him to be executed as a terrorist by the Roman authorities.

Early followers of Jesus claimed that this execution was not the the final chapter of the story. They claimed that Jesus rose from the dead and instituted a new era for believers.

Yet all the tensions of empire continued. And they continue still.

The life of Jesus and the story of his early followers is captured in the New Testament. This video, an introduction to my class at UPEI this semester, talks about what the New Testament is and how you can get into it. It references my article, “Lost in Translation,” about finding a Bible that works for you (see also this article). Everything is yellow because I am in a generic hotel room, in a land where they believe that this much yellowness is a good idea.

About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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7 Responses to An Introduction to the New Testament

  1. Brenton, I loved this introduction. Will you be recording any more of your lectures?

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  2. The empire keeps on striking back! But the light shines in the darkness and the darkness will never put it out!


  3. keebslac1234 says:

    Succint. Engaging. I’m remembering my undergraduate time in biblical studies, classes such as Old Testament Fiath, the Gospels, Western Civilization. Most viewed through a Reformed Church in America sense, taught by professors who were usually pastors, who went through the arduous (my impression anyway) of learning Greek, at miniumm, and Hebrew, as well. I found it fascinating stuff. Bored the pants off of many of my classmates. Who’d a thunk Christianity was so complex?

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