This course will introduce students to the sacred text for Christians, the Bible. We will explore the New Testament of the Bible in its cultural and religious context including background from the Old Testament. This will enable us to better understand what it meant to the people to whom it was written and thus to learn what it might mean to Christian believers today in different countries and cultures. This is a survey course with a particular emphasis on the book of Matthew in the New Testament.

Let's begin this interesting journey together. 


Dr. Richard L. Bowman

Dr. Richard L Bowman received his PhD degree from Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA, in biophysics (and biochemistry) in 1979. He is now the A. Leroy and Wanda H. Baker Professor of Science, Emeritus, at Bridgewater College (Bridgewater, VA, USA) after retiring in 2012 from teaching physics at Bridgewater for 26 years.

In addsiton to teaching and research experience, Dr. Bowman is an ordained Christian minister in Virginia Mennonite Conference of Mennonite Church USA. He has served as a pastor, assistant pastor or interim minister for 11 years and as an overseer (bishop) for 11 additional years. His Christian studies include Bible courses as an undergraduate at Eastern Mennonite College (now University) and at Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

To contact Dr. Bowman, use the form at the bottom of this page, send him an email at, or talk with him at school or before or after class.


During this course, students will:

1. become acquainted with the structure of the Bible, particularly the New Testament, that is, what the ordering of the "books" is and how to find them;

2. learn how to search for particular words and topics in the Bible;

3. learn about the Greek language used to write most of the New Testament material;

4. explore the various English and Albanian versions of the Bible and will obtain printed, online, and/or e-boom forms of different ones of these.

5. learn something about the culture and history of Palestine in the first century AD;

 6. study the birth, life, teaching, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ as recorded in Matthew;

7. learn to outline the basic teachings of Jesus Christ..


The textbook used in this class is an e-books in pdf format and available for download.

NIV ( New International Version) Study Bible. ( )

 Albanian Bible. ( )

BibleGateway ( ) -- a source for searchable Bibles in many languages and versions including the NIV (English) and the Albanian Bible (Shqip).


Class time will be devoted to various activities. There will be assigned readings, input from Dr. Bowman on a given topic followed or proceeded by some-hands-on student investigations (individually and in groups). See the main course page for a active schedule of assignments and when they are due.


Students must obey the regulations already set out by Lezha Academic Center in the handbook given to the students.. In addition there are several policies that are emphasized below for our class.

  1. Attendance at all class activities is expected of each student. When sickness, special events, or emergencies make it impossible for a student to attend a class, then it is the responsibility of the student to notify Dr. Bowman  or other appropriate school officials as soon as possible. (This can either be by a call to the school or an email to Dr. Bowman.) This should be done prior to the time of the scheduled activity when the student knows of the event before it happens.
  2. Being present in class does not guarantee that a student will learn the material being presented. Active learning is very important. Students should take good notes in their notebooks, ask questions as appropriate, listen to all discussions, and participate in all of the hands-on activities and homework. Asking anyone else to do your work for you will not hale you to learn the concepts and techniques being presented and is actually cheating.
  3. Any assignment not turned in to Dr. Bowman will be given a grade of zero points.
  4. One-week late aate assignments will be given partial credit, so remember to turn in all assignments even if a class period late.


The grade for each student will be computed using the following scale of weights. The basic grading criteria for grades are: completion of assignments, contributing to in-class discussions, and reading assigned materials.

  Each Quarter
Items Percentage of Total
Reading Assignments & Quizzes 30
In-class Participaton 40
Written Assignments 30
Total 100

The final grade will be based upon this scheme with 60 being the lowest passing score.


You may use the form below to contact Dr. Bowman. However, please be aware that due to the occasional unreliability of the Internet, your message may not get to him when you would like it to get there. You may also write to with an email message.

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By submitting your comment, you give permission for Dr. Bowman to respond to you via email. No other use of your name or email address will occur except to respond to any question you raised.