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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Online High School Theology: New Testament

Update: This live course has concluded and is available now as a recorded course through our Unlimited Access! Service. This is a great way to learn at your own pace when your schedule allows. To subscribe or learn more: Catholic Homeschooling

Introduction to the Bible: New Testament is the second of a 2-part series that can be taken either separately or together. We are currently in the midst of the first part on the Old Testament. Dr. Gotcher brings great insight and new understanding of Scripture to his students. He gets his students into the conversation and makes great use of the Socratic method in his classes. This New Testament course is sure to be a terrific asset for any Catholic student.

Theology: Introduction to the Bible; New Testament with Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
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Class dates: Friday, January 14 to March 4, 2011
Total classes: 8
Starting time: 10:00 am, Eastern Standard Time (9:00 am, Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Professor: Robert Gotcher, Ph.D.
Prerequisite: none
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
High school credit: 2/3 semester
Fee: Regularly $160 for all 8 classes. Early Registration Discount $20 before November 1, 2010.

Course description:
The New Testament is the record of God’s final and definitive saving intervention in the history of mankind through His Incarnate Son and the Holy Spirit in the Church. This course will focus on the meaning of the life of Jesus, the history and destiny of the Early Church as related in the Gospels, as recorded in Acts, Epistles, and Revelation. We will emphasize methods for reading passage so as to more fully grasp God’s intent for us.

Course outline:
Class 1: The New Testament overview
Class 2: Gospels I Matthew and Mark
Class 3: Gospels II: Luke-Acts
Class 4: John
Class 5: Paul
Class 6: Hebrews and the “Catholic” Letters
Class 7: Revelation/Apocalypse
Class 8: The meaning the New Testament

Homework: Online readings from Bible. There will be a short on-line quiz after each class period based on reading and class material. Final exam.

Course materials: A Catholic Bible.

Instructor's Biography:
Dr. Robert F. Gotcher most recently served as Associate Professor of Systematic Studies at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Kathy, are raising their seven children in Franklin, Wisconsin. Dr. Gotcher has been actively involved in the homeschooling of his children, especially in the junior high and high school years. He has taught Latin, literature, physics, astronomy, and religion to homeschooled students. He has a special devotion to the classical trivium of grammar, logic and rhetoric, especially as they pertain to the written arts.

Dr. Gotcher graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies. He received his M.A. in Theology of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul in 1991 and his Ph.D. from Marquette University in 2002.

Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Dr. Gotcher will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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