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NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY MATTHEW - REVELATION
DR. BOB UTLEY Bible Lessons International

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Guide to Good Bible Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Opening Lecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Introduction to Matthew . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Introduction to Mark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Introduction to Luke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Introduction to John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Introduction to Acts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Introduction to Romans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Introduction to I Corinthians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Introduction to II Corinthians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Introduction to Galatians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Introduction to Ephesians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Introduction to Philippians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Introduction to Colossians . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Introduction to the Thessalonian Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106 Introduction to the Pastorals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 I and II Timothy and Titus Introduction to Titus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Introduction to Philemon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Introduction to Hebrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Introduction to James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Introduction to I Peter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Introduction to II Peter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Introduction to I John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 Introduction to II and III John . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Introduction to Jude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Introduction to OT Prophecy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Introduction to Revelation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Appendix One: Appendix Two: Appendix Three: Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Textual Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 Brief Definition of Greek Grammatical Terms . . 212

A GUIDE TO GOOD BIBLE READING: A PERSONAL SEARCH FOR VERIFIABLE TRUTH Can we know truth? Where is it found? Can we logically verify it? Is there an ultimate authority? Are there absolutes which can guide our lives, our world? Is there meaning to life? Why are we here? Where are we going? These questions—questions that all rational people contemplate—have haunted the human intellect since the beginning of time (Eccl. 1:13-18; 3:9-11). I can remember my personal search for an integrating center for my life. I became a believer in Christ at a young age, based primarily on the witness of significant others in my family. As I grew to adulthood, questions about myself and my world also grew. Simple cultural and religious clichés did not bring meaning to the experiences I read about or encountered. It was a time of confusion, searching, longing, and often a feeling of hopelessness in the face of the insensitive, hard world in which I lived. Many claimed to have answers to these ultimate questions, but after research and reflection I found that their answers were based upon: (1) personal philosophies, (2) ancient myths, (3) personal experiences, or (4) psychological projections. I needed some degree of verification, some evidence, some rationality on which to base my world-view, my integrating center, my reason to live. These I found in my study of the Bible. I began to search for evidence of its trustworthiness, which I found in: (1) the historical reliability of the Bible from archaeology, (2) the accuracy of the prophecies of...
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