Academic Departments

Courses in New Testament Studies

  • NT1001 History of NT Interp & Crit
    A critical review of the history of interpretation of the New Testament, with emphasis on contemporary issues in New Testament theology and hermeneutics. (3 hours)
  • NT1002 NT Theology
    The examination of major New Testament theologies, which is intended as a summary course for those with a New Testament Studies concentration. Prerequisite: BS1002 New Testament Backgrounds or NT1001 History of New Testament Interpretation and Criticism or concurrent enrollment in either. This prerequisite applies only to those in the Biblical Studies division with a concentration in New Testament Studies. (3 hours)
  • NT1008 New Testament Dissertation
    Independent research and writing of a dissertation on an approved topic pertaining to New Testament studies, under the supervision of three faculty advisers. (3 hours)
  • NT1009 New Testament Diss Continuation
    The dissertation continuation course is required of all students writing a dissertation who are beyond one year in the dissertation process. Students must register for this course each fall and spring until completion of the dissertation. (1 hour)
  • NT101 Elements of Greek
    A study of the basic principles of biblical Greek, for students who have not had Greek or who need an extensive review in the elements of the language.One section each of NT101 and NT102 will be an honors Greek Section. The purpose of honors Greek is to gain greater facility in the Greek language as a preparation for more thorough exegesis in the New Testament. Besides the standard requirements for NT101-NT102, honors Greek will focus on increased vocabulary and composition from English to Greek. No previous study of Greek is required. (3 hours)
  • NT102 Elements of Greek
    A study of the basic principles of biblical Greek, for students who have not had Greek or who need an extensive review in the elements of the language.One section each of NT101 and NT102 will be an honors Greek Section. The purpose of honors Greek is to gain greater facility in the Greek language as a preparation for more thorough exegesis in the New Testament. Besides the standard requirements for NT101-NT102, honors Greek will focus on increased vocabulary and composition from English to Greek. No previous study of Greek is required. (3 hours)
  • NT103 Intermediate Greek
    A study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament, and an introduction to New Testament textual criticism. Prerequisite: NT101-NT102 Elements of Greek or a satisfactory score on the advanced standing exam. (3 hours)
  • NT104 Intro to NT Exegesis
    An introduction to exegetical procedures and practice of exegesis in various New Testament genres with an emphasis on Ephesians. Procedures include outlining the argument of passages, doing word studies, validating exegetical decisions, and using exegetical tools properly. Prerequisite: NT103 Intermediate Greek or a satisfactory score on the advanced standing exam. (3 hours)
  • NT105 Exegesis of Romans
    An exegetical study of Romans, emphasizing the theological content and development of the book. Prerequisite: NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis. (3 hours)
  • NT113 New Testament Introduction
    A study of the historical background and canon of the New Testament, an evaluation of New Testament criticism, and an examination of special introductory problems of selected New Testament books. The student will become acquainted with first-century works and issues as well as interact with the contemporary debates that directly relate to the origins of Christianity. Students may substitute NT400 The New Testament in Contemporary Culture for NT113 but may only take one or the other. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • NT2005 Adv NT Textual Criticism
    A study of the materials, history, and praxis of New Testament textual criticism, with emphasis on acquaintance with Greek manuscripts and an analysis of competing text-critical theories. (3 hours)
  • NT2012 Seminar on the Historical Jesus
    (3 hours)
  • NT2020 Sem in Theology of Paul
    A study of the writings of Paul in the New Testament as well as a critical reading of recent literature on these writings to discover the background, nature, and distinctives of Pauline theology. (3 hours)
  • NT2030 Sem Gospel & Epistles of John
    An examination of important theological topics and related issues in the Gospel and Epistles of John, including interaction with current critical approaches and exegesis of key passages, emphasizing the distinctive contribution of Johannine theology to the theology of the New Testament. (3 hours)
  • NT205 Advanced Greek Grammar
    An intensive study of the grammar of New Testament Greek, based on the grammars of A. T. Robertson and Blass-Debrunner, and an inductive study of selected portions of the New Testament. Required of students with a New Testament concentration in the Academic Ministries track. Prerequisite: NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis. (3 hours)
  • NT215 NT Textual Criticism
    A study of the materials, history, and praxis of New Testament textual criticism, with emphasis on analyzing competing text-critical theories. Enrollment limited to 20 students. Prerequisite: NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis. (3 hours)
  • NT220 Discourse Features of NT Greek
    This course focuses on the insights that can be gained from a discourse approach to the original text of the New Testament. Participants need a basic knowledge of New Testament Greek. (3 hours)
  • NT2315 Cultural Context of the New Testament
    A study of the cultural context of the New Testament, utilizing ancient sources to which the student was exposed in BS1002 New Testament Backgrounds and relevant secondary sources in order to facilitate understanding of the cultural context of and daily life in the first century. Topics such as honor/shame, patronage, family life, and religion will be discussed. The class will meet in conjunction with BE315 Bible Manners and Customs. Doctoral students in the class will be required to prepare and teach on a topic during the semester. Prerequisite: BS1002 New Testament Backgrounds. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • NT305 Exegesis of Gospel Narrative
    A study of exegetical method in the Gospels, including a literary analysis of Jesus' miracles and parables, the use of extrabiblical resources, a look at biblical theology of the gospels, and issues tied to the historical Jesus. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • NT315 Gospel of Mark
    Exegesis of the Greek text of Mark, with attention to source criticism, exegetical method, narrative argument, and theology of the book. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • NT320 Gospel of Luke
    An exegetical examination of the Gospel of Luke with concentration on exegetical method in narrative material, Synoptic comparisons, the narrative argument, the theology of the gospel, and preparation of narrative material for preaching and teaching. (3 hours)
  • NT325 Gospel of John
    An exegetical study of John's Gospel emphasizing Johannine narrative techniques, theology, and historicity. (3 hours)
  • NT330 Book of Acts
    An exposition of the theological argument of the Book of Acts with attention to hermeneutical principles and historical issues involved in the interpretation of historical narrative. (3 hours)
  • NT335 The Book of 1 Corinthians
    An exegetical study of 1 Corinthians with attention to selected theological issues in the epistle and their application to contemporary church life. (3 hours)
  • NT350 Colossians & Philemon
    (2 hours)
  • NT365 Epistle to the Hebrews
    Exegesis of the Greek text of the Epistle to the Hebrews with consideration of the use of the Old Testament in the letter. (3 hours)
  • NT380 Epistle of John & Johannine Theology
    Exegesis of the Greek text of 1, 2, and 3 John with consideration of the theology of these epistles and their relationship to the Gospel of John. (2 hours)
  • NT400 The New Testament in Contemporary Culture
    An examination of New Testament biblical introduction that interacts with key issues about the Bible in the public square and university contexts. This course will engage in discussion of contemporary issues about the origins of the Jesus tradition, the apostolic teaching, the New Testament as a canon, and the origins of Christian orthodoxy as seen in the New Testament and important collateral writings of the period. Attention will be given to major first-century cultural features, both Jewish and Greco-Roman, that serve as a backdrop for the original Christian message leading to a greater appreciation of the New Testament message. The course will also treat how such issues impact one's understanding of scripture as inspired by God. Students may substitute NT400 the New Testament in Contemporary Culture for NT113 but may only take one or the other. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology. (3 hours)
  • NT405 NT Study & The Life of Christ
    A study of the backgrounds to the ministry of Christ, a survey of His ministry in the Gospels with primary focus on the Synoptics, and consideration of how to study the Gospels. Special attention will be given to evaluation of recent critical discussions of the life of Christ, including such topics as the quest for the historical Jesus and the Jesus Seminar. (3 hours)
  • NT407 Historical Jesus
    (3 hours)
  • NT408 Jesus and the Media: (by independent study)
    (3 hours)
  • NT410 Greco-Roman Sites & Bkgrnds
    A visuals-based course using photographs of various finds and locales as well as key primary source texts designed to expose students to key Greco-Roman as well as Jewish sites and customs that shed light on the background of various NT books. 3 hours. (3 hours)
  • NT505 Intro to New Testament Exegesis using Logos Bible Software
    An introduction to New Testament exegetical method based on tools, resources, and functionality in Logos Bible Software. Students work with the structure and argument flow of the Greek text, learn to do word studies, solve interpretive problems, and state the exegetical ideas of passages as they work through the Greek text of Ephesians. Restricted to non-ThM/STM students. (3 hours)