Department of New Testament
Welcome to the Department of New Testament Studies. Students taking courses in this department will be introduced to Koine Greek in order to read and interpret the Greek New Testament. A general introduction to contemporary issues in NT studies and a special introduction for each of the 27 NT books is offered. Students will learn outlines of major NT books, as well as the message and theological emphasis of each book. Elective courses will focus on individual NT books or NT theology and backgrounds.
NEW TESTAMENT COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
201 Basic Greek 1
Prescribed for students without knowledge of Greek. Rudiments of NT Greek and basic vocabulary are learned; practice in reading. 4 hrs.
202 Basic Greek 2
Prescribed for students with a cursory knowledge of NT Greek. Review of basic elements of Greek; vocabulary mastery of words occurring 100 or more times in the NT; introduction to additional grammar with emphasis on reading. 4 hrs.
203 Basic Greek Review
Prescribed for students who have learned the elements of Greek but evidence a need for review; rapid review of NT grammar; vocabulary work; practice in reading. 3 hrs.
215 Christ in the Gospels
Sources for the study of the life of Christ; special introduction to the gospels; survey of the history of the study of Jesus’ life; outline of Christ’s life as recorded in the gospels; analysis of difficulties and supposed contradiction in the gospels. 3 hrs.
216 Life and Epistles of Paul
Special introduction to the Acts of the Apostles and to the Pauline epistles; survey of the history of the critical study of Paul; outline and chronology of Paul’s life and ministry; historical and theological relation of Acts to various passages of the Pauline epistles. 3 hrs.
217 General Epistles
Special introduction to the epistles of Peter, James, and Jude, and the Epistle to the Hebrews; outline and general teaching of each book. 3 hrs.
218 Johannine Writings
Special introduction to the epistles of John and the book of Revelation; survey of themes emphasized in John’s gospel and epistles; outline and content of John’s epistles; methods of interpretation of Revelation; outline and teaching of Revelation. 3 hrs.
221 Intermediate Greek
Review of basic Greek; vocabulary mastery of words occurring 50 or more times in the NT; principles of textual criticism and use of the critical apparatus; use of intermediate level Greek tools; practice in reading easier portions of the NT with application of syntactical principles. 2 hrs.
222 Advanced Greek
Vocabulary mastery of words occurring 25 or more times in the NT; systematic study of Greek syntax; use of advanced level Greek tools; Greek synonyms; survey of science of linguistics as it relates to NT Greek; continued application of textual criticism and the critical apparatus; reading of moderately difficult NT portions, with application of syntactical principles. 2 hrs.
223 Greek Exegesis
Exegesis of a selected NT book(s) with special attention given to Greek grammar and syntax of the text; prerequisite: Advanced Greek. 2 hrs.
243 Survey of the New Testament
Historical background of the Intertestament period through the Apostolic era. Survey of the lives and ministries of Christ and of Paul. Contents and general character of the books of the NT. 2 hrs.
290 Thesis in New Testament
A thesis of approximately 10,000 words, prepared under the direction of the New Testament department, defending a proposition related to the exegesis of the New Testament. The thesis is to follow the format described in the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 2 hrs.
Study of the introduction, structure, and argument of Paul’s epistle to the Romans; translation and exegesis of selected portions; special attention given to Romans’ teaching on major topics as original sin, justification, sanctification, predestination, Israel and the church, civil authority, and Christian liberty. 2 hrs.
Study of the background, audience, and occasion of the epistle; translation and exegesis of the Greek text; special attention given to Paul’s doctrine of justification and its relation to good works. 2 hrs.
Special introduction to the Greek text of Ephesians; translation and exegesis with special attention to word usage, quotations and allusions to the OT, and thematic structures. 2 hrs.
Study of the history and background of the Macedonian churches; special introduction to Philippians; translation and exegesis of the Greek text; special attention given to Paul’s doctrine of Christology, and his attitude toward God’s providence in his life. 2 hrs.
2322 Colossians and Philemon
Paul’s relation to the Colossian church; special introduction to these two books; translation and exegesis of the Greek text; Paul’s teachings concerning the “Colossian heresy” concerning Christology; and concerning slavery. 2 hrs.
Study of the authorship, audience, and intent of the epistle to the Hebrews; translation and exegesis of selected portions; special attention given to the epistle’s teaching concerning the use of the OT, the comparison of the old and new covenants, faith and perseverance. 2 hrs.
2331 Jude and 2 Peter
Special introduction to the Greek text of Jude and of 2 Peter; study of the relation of the two books; translation and exegesis with special attention to word usage, quotations and allusions to the OT, and thematic structures. 2 hrs.
2336 Thessalonian Epistles
Background and history of the Thessalonian church; special introduction to these epistles; translation and exegesis of the Greek text; special attention paid to Paul’s teachings regarding his own ministry, and regarding the second coming of Christ. 2 hrs.
2340 Romans 1-4
Special introduction of the epistle; translation and careful exegesis of Romans 1-4; special attention paid to Paul’s doctrines of natural revelation, sin and depravity, and justification by faith; Greek prerequisite. 2 hrs.
2341 Romans 5-8
Translation and exegetical study of the Greek of Romans 5-8; special attention to the Pauline doctrines of original sin, union with Christ, sanctification, adoption, and assurance of salvation; Greek prerequisite. 2 hrs.
2342 Romans 9-11
Translation and exegesis of Romans 9-11; special attention given to Paul’s use of the OT, and to Paul’s teaching concerning divine sovereignty and election, eschatology, and the relation of the church to Israel; Greek prerequisite. 2 hrs.
2343 Romans 12-16
Translation and careful exegesis of Romans 12-16; study of Paul’s teaching concerning practical issues of the Christian life, including Christian fellowship, the civil magistrate, the Christian and the law; debatable issues of conscience; Paul’s view of his own life and ministry; and data concerning the early church in Rome. 2 hrs.
2349 New Testament Textual Criticism
Evidence for the NT text, including manuscripts, translations, and lectionaries; types of copying errors; procedures for determining readings; practice in reading papyrus, uncial, and miniscule manuscripts; application of textual criticism to specific texts. Prerequisite: #221 Intermediate Greek. 2 hrs.
2350 NT Theology
Survey of the history of NT theology as a discipline; study of the development of major theological themes in the NT’s identification of the apostolic tradition regarding Christian doctrine and the Christian life. 2 hrs.
2351 Kingdom of God in the NT
An examination of every NT reference to the Kingdom of God; definition of this often misunderstood concept; OT background to the Kingdom concept; current theological issues relating to the Kingdom ideal. 2 hrs.