The Early New Testament Church

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One semester, 4 credit points, 160 hours
Semesters 1, 2 & 3, 2019
Mariam Kamell, Lynn Cohick and Darrel Bock with online tutors


Jesus had died and been raised to life, appeared to the disciples, and finally ascended to the right hand of the Father. Before he left, Jesus gave his followers the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower them for the work of telling the gospel. The church was born—but not abandoned. The early decades of Christianity were intense as the church grew. Fearless proclamation of the gospel brought opposition, internal conflict and new questions about what it meant to follow Israel’s God. This foundational unit takes you through these formative years of the church via the books that record this exciting time. It will equip you for studying the New Testament as you learn to interpret and apply the book of Acts and New Testament letters, invaluable skills for ministry and personal Bible knowledge.

Main presenters

This online unit includes video content developed for Ridley Online by some internationally renowned biblical scholars. Darrel Bock (Senior Research Professor of NT Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary) leads the section on Acts; Lynn Cohick (Professor of NT, Wheaton College) guides us through Paul’s epistles and Mariam Kamell Kovalishyn (Assistant Professor of NT Studies, Regent College) teaches Hebrews, James and 2 Peter/Jude.

All Ridley Online units are tutored by qualified and experienced tutors who guide you through the online learning materials and interaction with other students.

Study Expectations

In Ridley Online units you can expect to work through a variety of weekly learning activities which are designed to develop your understanding of and skills in the themes and passages related to your unit. These usually include watching videos, reading, completing set learning tasks and contributing to online seminars and interacting with your peers. Allow 8-10 hours study time per week for this introductory unit.


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