Course Description

The New Testament contains some of the most influential documents ever written.

BGST’s New Testament Foundations 1 (NT101) & 2 (NT102) courses will survey the entire content of the NT.

Students will be drawn into the world of the New Testament and encouraged to interact with the themes and message contained within each piece of writing in the NT. In so doing, students can better examine the implications of the NT’s message for Christians and for the Church today.

NT101 is a general introduction to the 4 Gospels and Acts. Students can expect a survey of major interpretive approaches, as well as a consideration of historical and cultural issues. These include the Synoptic Problem and the literary relationship of the Gospels; the problem of the historical Jesus; the genre, historical setting, message and structure of each of the Gospels and Acts.

NT101 will be based on David Wenham and Steve Walton's Exploring the New Testament Volume One: The Gospels and Acts (2d ed; Downers Grove: IVP and London: SPCK, 2011), (“ENT 1”).

Both NT101 & NT102 will be taught using a 2-volume introduction to the New Testament entitled Exploring the New Testament, jointly published by IVP and SPCK.


Mr Quek Tze-Ming

Lecturer in New Testament

Mr Quek Tze Ming is the Lecturer in New Testament at BGST. After leaving legal practice, Tze Ming served in student ministry with the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (Singapore). He then commenced theological studies, receiving a DipCS from BGST, an MDiv and a ThM from Regent College. He is presently a PhD candidate in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge. His special area of studies is in the use of the Old Testament in the New. Tze Ming serves in the teaching ministry of his church. He is married to Sharon, and they have two daughters. He maintains a lively interest in local food, football, and movies.
  • Location

    Online via Zoom (Live)
    with Blended Learning

  • Dates

    Aug: 8, 22
    Sep: 5, 19
    Oct: 3, 17, 31

    Registration Close Date
    Aug 3, 2023

  • Time


Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2

    Session 1 - Live

    • Lecture 1: Course Introduction

  • 3

    Session 2 - Self-study

    • cont.

    • Lecture 2: The Historical Context of Jesus & the New Testament

  • 4

    Session 3 - Live

    • cont.

    • Lecture 3: Judaism in First-Century Palestine

  • 5

    Session 4

    • cont.

    • Judaism in First-Century Palestine: Story, Identity, Religion

  • 6

    Session 5 - Live

    • NT Background (4)

  • 7

    Session 6 Self-study

    • The Gospels (1): What are the Gospels?

    • Tutorial resources

    • cont.

  • 8

    Session 7 - Live

    • The Gospels (2)

    • Tutorial resources

    • cont.

    • cont.

    • Lecture 8: The Gospel of Mark.

    • Lecture 7: The teaching and aims of Jesus

  • 9

    Session 8: Jesus (1) - Self-study

    • The Quest for the Historical Jesus;

  • 10

    Jesus (2) -Live

    • The Life of Jesus in the Light of History

    • Class Debate Presentation:

  • 11

    Session 7

    • Lecture 9: The Gospel of Matthew

    • Lecture 10: The Gospel of Luke

    • Lecture 11: The Gospel of John

    • cont.

    • cont.

    • Lecture 12: The Acts of the Apostles

    • Lectio Divina-Eat the Book

    • Moral Vision of the New Testament

    • Course Evaluation Form

  • 12

    Assignments Submission

    • Assignment Deadline

    • Guidelines and Formatting

    • Book Review Guidelines and Submission

    • Final Course Paper Topics

    • Final Course Paper Sample

    • 5 Reading Reports

    • Essay