This course is a survey of the literature of first-century Christianity with readings from the gospels, Acts, and the Pauline and pastoral letters. Topics include the literary structure, audience, and religious perspective of the writings, as well as the historical and cultural context of the early Christian community. Upon completion, students should be able to use the tools of critical analysis to read and understand New Testament literature. The subject matter is taught from a nonsectarian stance not promoting any particular group's religious beliefs. This course has been approved for transfer under the CAA and ICAA as a general education course in Humanities/Fine Arts.