Why are the infancy narratives in some gospels and not others? Why do some writings focus on the cross and others do not? Why do Catholics say that we are saved by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ? We will learn about the New Testament through reading the writings that the peoples of the New Testament left as their heritage. We will also study the material culture of these people that archaeologists have been able to unearth. We will do this in a manner consistent with a sound historical-critical methodology.