The purpose of this course is to provide an in depth study of the New Testament. Since Jesus Christ's life, death, and Resurrection are at the heart of the Christian mystery this course will begin by looking at the four complementary but unique portraits of Jesus that are found in the four Gospels. Next it will trace the spread of the Gospel as told in Acts and the Letters. The course will also consider the challenges faced by the early Church that emerge through a careful reading of the New Testament Letters and the Book of Revelation. Additionally, it will look closely at what his followers in the early Church proclaimed about him and explore the historical, religious and cultural world of Jesus' time. Ultimately, the course will guide students in seeing the relevance of the Gospel message for the world today.