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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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NT5101 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. 3 hours each semester. 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.
NT5102 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. 3 hours each semester. 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.
NT5103 Intermediate Greek
A study of the grammar and syntax of the Greek New Testament and an introduction to New Testament textual criticism.
NT5104 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.
NT5105 Exegesis of Romans
An exegetical study of Romans, emphasizing the theological content and development of the book.
NT5110 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 NT5400 The New Testament in Contemporary Culture for NT5110 but may only take one or the other.
NT5205 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.
NT5210 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.
NT5215 New Testament Textual Criticism
A study of the materials, history, and praxis of New Testament textual criticism, with emphasis on examination of manuscripts and analysis of competing text-critical theories.
NT5220 Greek Accents
This course is an investigation into the accents of New Testament Greek with specific emphasis on their use in the New Testament. Students will learn the rules of accentuation in order to understand their application to word formation, reading, and translation in the Greek New Testament. Special emphasis will be placed upon passages in which accentuation affects exegesis and interpretation.
NT5305 Exegesis of Gospel Narrative
A study of exegetical method in the Gospels, including a literary analysis of Jesus’s miracles and parables, the use of extrabiblical resources, a look at biblical theology of the Gospels, and issues tied to the historical Jesus.
NT5310 The Gospel of Matthew
An exegesis of the Gospel with a primary focus on the five discourse sections and their application to making disciples.
NT5315 Gospel of Mark
Exegesis of the Greek text of Mark, with attention to source criticism, exegetical method, narrative argument, and theology of the book.
NT5320 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.
NT5325 Gospel of John
An exegetical study of John’s Gospel, emphasizing Johannine narrative techniques, theology, and historicity.
NT5330 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.
NT5335 The Book of 1 Corinthians
An exegetical study of the Epistle of 1 Corinthians, with attention to selected theological issues in the epistle and their application to contemporary church life.
NT5345 Galatians and the New Perspective on Paul
An exegetical study of Galatians with special attention to the New Perspective on Paul and its impact on interpretation of the epistle.
NT5350 The Epistles of Colossians and Philemon
Exegesis of the Greek text of Colossians and Philemon, with special attention to the social and historical context of the books (e.g., family and slavery). Emphasis also will be placed on contemporary application of the message and the theology of the Prison Epistles.
NT5355 The Thessalonian Epistles
Exegesis of the Greek text of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, with attention to the grammatical, structural, and eschatological problems.
NT5360 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.
NT5365 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.
NT5375 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.
NT5380 The Epistles of John and 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.
NT5385 The Book of Revelation
Exegesis of the Greek text of the Book of Revelation, with emphasis on the unique interpretive problems of the book.
NT5400 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 NT5400 The New Testament in Contemporary Culture for NT5110 but may only take one or the other.
NT5405 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. Open to non-Greek students.
NT5410 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.
NT5415 Jesus and Paul
A study of the historical and theological relationship between the historical Jesus and the apostle Paul.
NT5420 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.
NT5425 Daily Life in First-Century City
A course utilizing nonliterary sources (i.e., inscriptions, papyri, ostraca, coins, art, and the findings of archaeology) to illuminate various cities and cultural topics of the ancient world and thus shed light on the contexts of certain New Testament books. This will be a visuals-based course and will focus on the day-to-day life in New Testament times.
NT5430 The New Testament and Sexual Ethics
An exegetical examination of selected New Testament texts related to sexual ethics (sexuality, singleness, marriage, and family), with attention to biblical theology and contemporary application. New Testament passages on such topics as divorce, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, celibacy, and the significance of the physical body will be studied in the course.
NT5435 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.
NT5901 Independent 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.
NT5902 New Testament Thesis
Independent research and writing of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of two faculty advisors. 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 NT5903. Enrollment requires consent of the department. 2 or 3 hours.
NT5903 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).
NT5905 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. 1–4 hours.
NT8101 History of New Testament Interpretation and Criticism
A critical review of the history of interpretation of the New Testament, with emphasis on contemporary issues in New Testament theology and hermeneutics.
NT8102 NT Theology
An examination of major New Testament theologies, which is intended as a summary course for those with a New Testament Studies concentration.
NT8108 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.
NT8109 New Testament Dissertation 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.
NT8205 Adv NT Textual Criticism
A study of the materials, history, and praxis of New Testament textual criticism, with emphasis on examination of manuscripts and analysis of competing text-critical theories.
NT8210 Seminar on the Historical Jesus
An examination of method and approaches related to the Historical Jesus study so that the student can interact at a technical level on the topic. Particular attention will be given to the Third Quest, major recent treatments, and discussion of key events in Jesus’s ministry.
NT8215 The Synoptic Gospels
A critical study of the relationships between the Synoptic Gospels, an investigation of various theories to explain the similarities and differences in the Synoptics, and an examination of the methods of source criticism.
NT8220 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.
NT8225 The Theology of the General Epistles
A study of the central theological concepts in Hebrews and the epistles of James, Peter, and Jude, based on exegesis of key passages and interaction with contemporary studies of these epistles.
NT8230 Seminar on the Gospel and Epistles
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.
NT8235 Seminar on Apocalyptic Genre
An examination of apocalyptic literature in its historical-literary context, with consideration given to texts from early Judaism and the Old and New Testaments.
NT8315 Cultural Context of the New Testament
A study of the cultural contexts of the New Testament, utilizing ancient sources to which the student was exposed in BS8102 (New Testament Backgrounds) and relevant secondary sources in order to facilitate and understanding of the cultural contexts 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 BE5315 Bible Manners and Customs. Doctoral students in the class will be required to prepare and teach on a topic during the semester.
NT8901 Teaching the New Testament
A student internship, supervised by a departmental professor, in which the philosophy and practice of teaching and writing and the details of class preparation, examination, and grading are discussed. As part of the internship, students are expected to teach at least one session in an approved educational context 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.
NT8902 Independent Doctoral Study in the New Testament
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. 1–4 hours.
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