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This course will briefly explore the various books of the New Testament in their historical, sociological, religious, and literary context, and consider their theological dimensions. It will also touch on how critical methods are constructive tools to address the challenges of reading the ancient documents of the New Testament.

Course Developers

John Gram
John Gram graduated from Luther-Northwestern Seminary in 1984 and took his first call as pastor at Eagle Lake Lutheran Church in Willmar, Minnesota. In 1987 John was called to Hills of Peace Lutheran Church, Kamloops, British Columbia, followed by Mount Zion in Smithers, and finally to Redeemer in Vancouver where he served for 17 years until his retirement in 2016. The Lutheran Theological Seminary granted John the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) at the May convocation in 2016. John is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and has been a contributor to the International Greek New Testament Project since 1999. He has been a sessional lecturer at the Lutheran Theological Seminary since 2013. In 2014 John earned a Diploma in Greek Paleography from Oxford University.

Course Hours

4 Hours