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Mobile Ed: NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament (6 hour course)
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Mobile Ed: NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament (6 hour course)


Lexham Press 2015–2016

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Join Dr. David deSilva as he describes important cultural concepts from the first century and shows how these concepts shed light on the New Testament. Learn why the author of 1 Peter spoke to the shame Christians were experiencing, and what cultural norms they had to fight against as they sought to follow Christ. Discover how grace and gratitude were viewed differently than they are today. Learn what purity meant for Jews, how patronage and reciprocity impacted everyday decisions, how families and households operated, and more. Dr. deSilva pulls from a variety of sources to explain these concepts and uses the books of Hebrews and 1 Peter to illustrate them.

This course will give you a better understanding of the environment early Christians were in as they broke the rules of society for the sake of the gospel.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand cultural elements present in the first century that drive meaning of New Testament texts
  • Avoid misinterpretation of potentially foreign cultural elements
  • Relate ancient Jewish and Hellenistic culture to modern settings

Course Outline

  • Honor and Shame
  • Reading 1 Peter Attuned to Honor and Shame
  • Patronage and Reciprocity
  • Reading Hebrews Attuned to Patronage and Reciprocity
  • Family and Household
  • Reading 1 Peter Attuned to Family and Household
  • Purity and Pollution
  • Reading Hebrews Attuned to Purity and Pollution

Product Details

  • Title: NT201 The Cultural World of the New Testament
  • Instructor: David A. deSilva
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 6

About the Instructor

Dr. David A. deSilva is the trustees’ distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio, where he’s taught since 1995. He’s written over 20 books in the areas of New Testament and Second Temple Judaism and is a leading expert on the cultural world of the New Testament.

Getting the most out of Mobile Ed

Logos Mobile Education is a highly effective cross-platform learning environment that integrates world class teaching with the powerful study tools and theological libraries available in Logos Bible Software. Every course provides links to additional resources and suggested readings that supplement the lecture material at the end of every transcript segment.

This course was produced with screencast videos. These videos provide tutorials showing you how to use Logos Bible Software in ways that are tied directly into the content of the course. We are now producing Activities resources as a replacement for screencast videos. We plan on updating this course to include this additional Activities resource in the future for no extra charge.