Introduction to the New Testament

January 16, 2017 - March 6, 2017

CALL Online Winter 2017


The course introduces the New Testament (NT) from a historical, literary, social and theological perspective. It focuses on the distinct nature of each document, the authorship, the times in which they were written, the key themes and issues the authors addressed, and the theological teachings they offered. Due attention is given to the social contexts and historical events that impacted the formation of the texts. Various methods such as historical criticism, literary criticism, social science criticism, and contextual approaches will be used in interpreting the NT texts.

January 16 – March 6, 2017

Instructor: Dr. Peter Ajer

Peter Claver Ajer holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from Graduate Theological Union, with an allied field in Political Science (Peace and Conflict Studies). Dr. Ajer has taught as guest lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley, and in New Testament at Holy Names University. He has been visiting lecturer at University of the Pacific, adjunct faculty at Saint Mary’s College of California and is currently part of the adjunct faculty in the department of Theology and Religious Studies at University of San Francisco. He is the author of The Death of Jesus and the Politics of Place in the Gospel of John, Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.