The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction


1. Approaching the New Testament as the Church’s Scripture

Questions for Review

  1. What is the importance of history to the faith of the church?
  2. How are the authors involved in the inspiration of scripture?
  3. Define “biblical criticism.”
  4. What kinds of unhelpful presuppositions do many scholars tend to have about the New Testament?
  5. What are some ways of studying the Bible other than the historical critical method?
  6. To what extent is objectivity possible?
  7. What role does the reader play when interpreting the New Testament according to postmodern scholars?
  8. What is the difference between probability and certainty with regard to the historicity of the NT?
  9. Who are the implied readers of the NT vis-à-vis faith in Jesus?
  10. What is a “hermeneutic of trust”?