About this course

In this course, Dr. Matthew Halsted gives you a first-class ticket from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians as he introduces you to the historical, theological, and social environment surrounding the New Testament period, the late second temple period (516 B.C. – A.D. 70). Dr. Halsted puts you in the front seat as he focuses your attention on the history of the second temple period and the theological and social developments within the Greco-Roman world. As he places the New Testament and early Christianity in its original context, you’ll gain a solid foundation for understanding and interpreting the New Testament.

What you'll learn

After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the historical surroundings of the Second Temple period.

  • Analyze the theological and social developments within Second Temple Judaism.

  • Describe the relevant aspects of Greco-Roman culture in the first century.

  • Recognize the socio-cultural challenges of the early Christian movement in the first-century Palestine and the Mediterranean world.

What's in this course

    1. About this course

    2. What you'll learn

    3. What you need

    4. Instructor

    1. Pre-work 01

    2. Session 01

    3. Quiz 01

    4. Discussion 01

    1. Pre-work 02

    2. Session 02

    3. Quiz 02

    1. Pre-work 03

    2. Session 03

    3. Quiz 03

    4. Discussion 03

    1. Pre-work 04

    2. Session 04

    3. Quiz 04

    1. Pre-work 05

    2. Session 05

    3. Quiz 05

    4. Discussion 05

Jewish and Greco-Roman Backgrounds of the New Testament

  • $349.00
  • 8.5 hours of video content
  • 11 Modules
  • One year access
  • Certificate of completion


Dr. Matthew Halsted

Dr. Matthew Halsted is an associate professor of biblical studies at Eternity Bible College. His educational background includes degrees in internal studies and philosophy. He earned a PhD in philosophical hermeneutics/biblical studies from London School of Theology/Middlesex University. An ordained minister, Matthew’s calling is to equip Christians with the tools they need to be gracious, well-reasoned, and convincing witnesses for Christ. He has a passion for teaching students how to read the Bible faithfully with curiosity and careful reflection. His research interests include philosophical hermeneutics, Paul’s writings, and apocalyptic literature. When he is not reading obscure German philosophers or the Greek/Hebrew Bible, he can usually be found playing in the yard with his kids or being elated with the joy that comes with being married to the best wife in the world.

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