Welcome to the class! I am Dr. Jung Choi at Duke Divinity School, and I will be your instructor for the Introduction to the New Testament. This course is my favorite one, and I am honored to learn with you and from you about the Scripture for the next 6 weeks.
The Introduction to the New Testament builds upon the learning goals of the Introduction to the Old Testament course. The student will be introduced to types of literature in the New Testament, continue to build skills at exegesis and interpretation, and consider how the New Testament as a resource in ministries of love, justice, and service.
This course in United Methodist doctrine and polity is designed to provide an opportunity for substantive engagement and critical reflection about The United Methodist Church’s teachings and organization. This class is unapologetically not focused on church administration and/or governance (although these topics will arise). Rather, its focus lies somewhere between “history” (though not limited to the past) and “theology” (though not limited to abstraction). The goal is to encounter the texts and traditions that allow us to reflect critically upon what we believe (doctrine) and how that affects our life together through practices and organization (polity). Such a pattern aligns with John Wesley’s agenda for the very first Methodist Conference (London, 1744): “What do we meet for? To consider before God: 1. What to teach. 2. How to teach. 3. What to do? i.e., doctrine, discipline, and practice.”