CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PAPER TWO: THE NEW TESTAMENT

The Advanced level Christian Religious Education syllabus for Paper Two – New Testament  deals with the following selected themes namely: Pre-gospel: Oral Transmission …

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    The Advanced level Christian Religious Education syllabus for Paper Two – New Testament  deals with the following selected themes namely: Pre-gospel: Oral Transmission of Faith; Gospels: Mark and John The Letters: I Corinthians, Galatians, James and I Peter.

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    THE NEW TESTAMENT
    THE NEW TESTAMENT
    CHAPTER 1: ‘Jesus, whom you crucified’
    Jesus of Nazareth
    The scandal of the new faith
    Jesus the Messiah
    Jesus the Lord
    Jesus the Son of God
    The Son of Man
    The Incarnation
    CHAPTER 2: THE JEWS AFTER THE EXILE
    The Greeks
    Culture conflict
    Jewish rebellion
    Judaism and Hellenism after the Maccabean war
    The end of Jewish independence; Herod the Great
    The religious beliefs of Judaism in the time of Jesus
    Jewish sects and parties
    The scribes
    The Sadducees
    Geographical and political divisions of Palestine
    CHAPTER 3: THE ROMANS
    Roman culture in the time of Jesus and the early Church
    Popular Roman religion
    Roman culture in the time of Jesus and the early Church
    The dating of New Testament events, with reference to Roman history.
    The historical authenticity of Luke in his two-volume work
    The Roman background in the gospel of Luke
    The Roman background in Acts
    Discussion and research
    CHAPTER 4: THE SPREAD OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH TO A.D. 65
    Luke, the historian of the early Church
    The apostolic preaching (kerygma)
    Worship in the early Church
    The significance of baptism
    The Lord’s Supper
    The teaching of the apostles (catechesis)
    Moral instruction
    Opposition to the believers from fellow Jews
    The Gentiles
    The Church in Antioch
    The Church meeting at Jerusalem
    The early Church and the Church today
    CHAPTER 5: PAUL IN HIS LETTERS
    Important aspects of Paul’s theological understanding
    Man’s sin and God’s love
    The death of Jesus Christ
    TOPIC 6: THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS
    The problems that developed in the church at Corinth
    1 Corinthians 1-4. The unity of the Church
    3:1-4 and 16-17. The Spirit and the flesh
    5:1-13. An evil situation requiring strong action
    Christians and legal disputes 6: 1-11.
    CHAPTER 7: THE LETTER TO THE GALATIANS
    What makes a person a Christian?
    Paul and the Gospel Galatians 1:1-2 :21.
    2:1-10. Paul’s meeting in Jerusalem with the apostles
    2:15-21. Both Jews and Gentiles are saved by faith
    The Law and faith 3:21-29.
    5:1-26. Freedom and the Holy Spirit
    The relevance of the letter of James for modern Christians
    TOPIC 8: THE LETTER OF JAMES
    Topics in the letter
    Testing and temptation 1:12-18.
    Warning against prejudices 2:1-13.
    2:14-26. Faith and actions work together
    3:1-18. The tongue and wisdom
    5:12-20. Concluding exhortations
    The relevance of the letter of James for modern Christians
    TOPIC 9: THE FIRST LETTER OF PETER
    The form of the letter
    Peter’s teaching about baptism
    Peter’s letter compared with the letter of James
    3:1-7. The behaviour of Christian wives and husbands
    Suffering for the sake of Christ 3: 13-5:11.
    14:12-19. Sharing Christ’s sufferings and glory
    The teaching of 1 Peter and the modern Christian
    CHAPTER 10: INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK
    How the recollections of Jesus were originally preserved
    TOPIC 11: THE GOSPEL OF MARK CHAPTER 1-8:26
    TOPIC 12: The Temptation of Jesus 1:12-13.
    2:1-12. The healing of the paralyzed man
    2:23-28. The Sabbath
    Responses to Jesus: 3:7-12. The crowds follow Jesus
    Mark 4:1-34. Parables
    5:21-43. A dead girl and an outcast woman
    5:21-43. A dead girl and an outcast woman
    6:14-29. The murder of John the Baptist
    7:1-23. The Pharisees
    CHAPTER 13: MARK 8:27-16:8
    9:14-10:52. Towards Jerusalem
    10:1-12. Teaching on divorce
    10:32-34. Third prophecy of Jesus’ death and Resurrection
    2:1-10. Paul’s meeting in Jerusalem with the apostles
    12:1-12. The parable of the tenants in the vineyard
    14:1-42. Betrayal, the Last Supper, Gethsemane
    14:1-42. Betrayal, the Last Supper, Gethsemane
    The Passover
    15:33-41. Jesus’ death
    TOPIC 14: INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
    The Dead Sea scrolls
    A comparison of John’s gospel with the gospel of Mark
    The divine nature and origin of Jesus
    God’s Judgement, eternal life and the Kingdom of God
    CHAPTER 15: JOHN 1:1-6:71
    1:6:9. John the messenger
    1:19-34. The Baptist’s witness
    1:35-51. The first disciples of the Messiah
    2:1-25. The first revelations to the disciples of Jesus’ authority
    3:1-36. Spiritual rebirth and eternal life
    4: 1-42. Jesus and the Samaritan woman; discourse
    5:1-47. The third sign, at the pool of Bethzatha; discourse
    6:1-71 The fourth and fifth signs: discourse on the Bread of life
    6:22-59. The Bread of Life
    CHAPTER 16: JOHN 7:1-12:50
    A woman condemned for adultery 8:1-11.
    Jesus and Abraham 8:48-59.
    10:1-42. The Good Shepherd is rejected
    11:1-57. The seventh sign; ‘I am the Resurrection and the life’
    12: 1-50. The Messianic entry into the King’s city; discourse
    CHAPTER 17: JOHN 13:1-21:25
    13:1-38. The Last Supper  
    14:15-31. The promise of the Holy Spirit
    16:5-33. Victory over the world
    18: 12-27. Jesus before Annas: Peter’s denial
    20:1-29. Jesus’ Resurrection appearances to the disciples; the giving of the Holy Spirit
    TOPIC 18: THE WRITING AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
    The acceptance of the New Testament writings by the Church as Scripture

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