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The purpose of the Department of New Testament Studies is to equip students to do accurate exegetical work in the Greek New Testament so that they can expound and apply it effectively in their ministries. The required courses help students develop the skills necessary for this work in the following areas.

  • New Testament introduction
  • Greek grammar and syntax
  • textual criticism
  • lexical and literary analysis
  • use of interpretive tools
  • exegetical problem-solving
  • movement from exegesis to theology and exposition
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214-887-5300
Email
tkarnes@dts.edu
Location
Todd – 2nd Fl
Hours
9am-3pm
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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.
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.
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.
NT104 Introduction to New Testament 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.
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.
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.
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. Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis.
NT210 Rapid Greek Reading
Reading of those books of the New Testament not covered in other courses with approximately 100 pages in Nestle’s text covered. Cannot be taken for Ph.D. credit. Prerequisite: NT103 Intermediate Greek.
NT215 New Testament 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.
NT225 Computer & Internet Tools for NT Exegesis
Use of current computer software for exegetical study of the NT, with particular emphasis on Logos Bible Software for PC and Mac. Use of Internet resources for exegesis will also be included. Enrollment limited to 15 students. Prerequisite: NT104 Introduction to New Testament Exegesis.
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.
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.
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.
NT325 Gospel of John
An exegetical study of John’s Gospel emphasizing Johannine narrative techniques, theology, and historicity.
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.
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.
NT345 Galatians and the New Perspective on Paul
Exegesis of the Greek text of the Epistle to the Galatians, with an examination of the historical problems involved and emphasis on the theology of grace.
NT360 Pastoral Epistles
Exegesis of the Greek text of 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, with attention to relevance to contemporary church life and Christian experience.
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.
NT375 Epistles of Peter & Jude
Exegesis of the Greek text of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude, with attention to the problems of introduction, interpretation, and the theology of these epistles.
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.
NT405 New Testament Study and 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.
NT407 Historical Jesus
An examination of the history, method, and approach of Historical Jesus studies to Jesus’s life in general and to specific key events in Jesus’s ministry. The student will be equipped to interact with current discussion and debate on the Historical Jesus and to understand the ways in which such discussion and debate are undertaken.
NT410 Daily Life in First-Century City
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.
NT420 Seminar in New Testament Literary Contexts
A critical survey and exploration of ancient literature to give the student exposure to a wide variety of ancient literary sources, with a focus on methodology and specific texts that have significance for New Testament exegesis.
NT430 Seminar in N.T. Theology
A survey of the theology of the New Testament organized around the distinctive contributions of the particular authors. The course emphasizes biblical theology and the inherent categories of the New Testament text itself. Emphasis is placed on key themes and texts within each author and how they contribute to the broad sweep of New Testament theology.
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.
NT901 Indep Study in New Testament
Independent research on some aspect of New Testament studies not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours in any one subject of study. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor. 1–4 hours.
NT902 New Testament Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisers. Students will have one calendar year to complete the thesis. If the thesis is not completed by the end of a year, students will be registered in NT903. Enrollment requires consent of the department. 2 or 3 hours.
NT903 New Testament Thesis Continuation
The thesis continuation course is required of all students writing a thesis who are beyond one year in the thesis process. Thesis continuation is permitted for a maximum of one additional semester (for a 2-hour thesis, including summer) or two additional semesters (for a 3-hour thesis, including summer).
NT905 Special Topics in New Testament Studies
This course is designed for students who choose to participate in special conferences, training, or programs that are more formal in nature and require student participation other than a standard independent study. Approved special topics will provide expertise or training not specifically covered in the seminary curriculum. Credit is allowed proportionate to the required amount of work but is not to exceed 4 semester hours on any one topic. Enrollment requires consent of the department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NT2012 Seminar on the Historical Jesus
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.
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.
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.
NT9001 Teaching the NT
A student internship supervised by a professor in the department in which the philosophy and practice of teaching and writing and the details of class preparation, examination, and grading are discussed. The student teaches at least one session of a Th.M. course under supervision of the professor. This course is intended to provide a mentoring relationship to help the student prepare for teaching New Testament courses at the college or seminary level.
NT9002 Indep Doctoral Study in N.T.
Independent research on an approved topic within the scope of the department, with a thesis required. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours
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