Outline for the study of the New Testament Bible

Outline for the study

of the New Testament Bible


 1. Introduction

 What is the Bible?

The Word of God

Human Authors

Different points of view

The meaning of the word Bible

The town of Byblos

Papyrus and paper

Written Languages

Sentimental Bible interpretations

The moral use of the Bible


 2. The Old Testament

 The Hebrew Bible

The Septuagint

The Christian Old Testament

Dominant Bible translations

The Old and the New Testament

Is the Bible Jewish or Christian?

The parting of the ways

Judaism as the root of Christianity

Why are there two testaments?

The inspired Scriptures

The early Christian use of the Hebrew Bible

The Law

The Former Prophets

The three major later prophets

The twelve Minor Prophets

The prophets in general

The wider meaning of prophet

The Writings

The Five Scrolls

The other later writings

The deuterocanonical Septuagint additions

The Greek Orthodox editions of the Bible


The four-source theory


 3. The New Testament

 The non-writing Jesus

Criteria for the sacred Christian books

New Testament Greek books

The gospels

The four canonical gospels

Two unique books

The Pauline letters to the seven specific churches

The other Pauline letters

Universal letters


 4.The Development of the Christian Bible

 Primitive Christian Communities

Pseudo epigrams or anonymous writings

The Apocryphal books

The apocryphal gospels

The early orthodox apostolic writings

Gradual development of the Bible

History versus story

The value of myths

Christian Reflection on the Bible

Christians reading the Old Testament

Marcion canon (140 CE)

The canonization of the New Testament in the fourth century


 5. The language problem

 The New Testament language

Problems of time and space

The traditional canonical Greek bible

The common language at the time of Jesus

What language did Jesus speak?

Written Greek New Testament

Muratorian fragment

Irenaeus of Lyons

The traditional order of the gospels


 6. Reading the Bible

How to read the Bible

The use of the Bible

The various forms of biblical interpretation

The literal meaning

The spiritual sense of Bible reading

Moral sense of the Bible

The end times

The Good Book

Medieval approach to the Bible

Protestant Reformation

The Roman Catholic Reaction

Different printed Bibles

Modern Bibles

Intellectual attacks on the Bible

Niagara Bible Conferences



The Fundamentalists

Limitations of the Bible


 7. Critical Study of the Bible

 Scriptural Study

The two-source theory

The Q source

The development of the gospel biblical texts

Are the gospels biographies?

Jesus Seminar failure

Jesus of History

The Christ of Faith

The Gospel passion narratives

The Early Growth of Christianity

The Christocentric Calendar

Different Gospel Beginnings

The Bible narrative story

Foundation stories

What is truth?

Textual criticism

Form Criticism

Source criticism

Canon criticism

Redaction criticism

Historical Criticism

Literary forms of the Bible

Biblical archaeology


8. The question of God 

The problem of God

Transcendence of God

Worship of God

Attitudes toward God








Belief in God

The despair of nothingness

The practical consequences of religious belief


9. Christians

The Christian God

The Gift of Faith

Christian Community

A Community of Believers

Authentic Christian Faith

Experiential Faith

The Christian Code of Love



Christian Worship Practice

Christian Whole Life

Christian Sacraments

The Divinity – Humanity Debate

Exclusive Model of Salvation

Inclusive Model of Salvation

Plural Model of Salvation

Bible Model

The Redemption Context

Individual Conscience

Christian Shared Experiences


Conscience Formation

Protestant Latitude


Justification by Faith

Arius (256-336)

Theological Process

Martin Luther (1483-1546)



Development of Protestant Fundamentalism

American Fundamentalists

Catholic Fundamentalism

Renewed Catholic Church


 10. My Project


The tools for my New Testament project

The Bible Project itself

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