Our current New Testament courses for ThM and PhD students are listed below. You can review the purpose, availability of the course, faculty names, and any prerequisites necessary. 

New Testament ThM/PhD Level Courses
NT 703 Theology and Exegesis of the Gospel of John
Purpose:

  • To understand more completely the contours of John’s theology and Christology
  • To gain skill in exegesis of the Greek text of John’s gospel
  • To become familiar with some of the main lines of critical thought in relation to John’s gospel

Topics covered include the background to John’s thought, the content and literary structure of the gospel, and interaction with the history of Johannine studies. 

Spring semester. Dr. Crowe.

NT 712 The Gospel of Matthew
Purpose:

  • To become better interpreters of the Gospel of Matthew
  • To develop skill in exegesis
  • To understand the biblical theology of Matthew

Topics covered include prolegomena to Matthew, exegesis of key passages, theological distinctives of the Gospel, and its role in biblical theology. 

Spring semester. Dr. Crowe.

NT 721 Parables and Miracles of Christ
Purpose:

  • To develop skill in interpreting the parables and miracles within their context in the Gospels

Topics covered include genre, the nature of metaphor, the relations of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and preaching from the Gospels. 

Fall semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 733 The Book of Revelation
Purpose:

  • To interpret Revelation

Topics covered include historical background of its imagery and the contemporary bearing of its message. 

Spring semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 763 The Acts of the Apostles
Purpose: 

  • To understand more completely the book of Acts in its redemptive-historical, theological, canonical, and historical setting
  • To gain skill in exegesis of the Greek text of Acts
  • To become familiar with some of the major interpretive issues in Acts

Topics covered include the relationship of Acts to the Gospels and to Paul, the early Christian community, theology of Acts, and literary and structural features of Acts.

Spring semester. Dr. Crowe.

NT 771 I Peter
Purpose: 

  • To interpret Peter in its original, redemptive-historical, and canonical context
  • To read (and understand) the Greek language caveats of 1 Peter
  • To apply Peter's ecclesiological and ethical concerns to contemporary issues

Topics covered include prolegomena; eschatology and redemptive-history; ecclesiology and ethics; the nature of Christian suffering; and the relationship between 1 Peter, the Gospels, and Paul.

Fall semester. Dr. Keene.

NT 791 Directed Readings in the Literature of Post-Biblical Judaism (Part 1: Early Judaism)
Purpose: 

  • To instill a firsthand familiarity with the major literary texts of early post-biblical Judaism as a background for better understanding the New Testament

This is a directed readings course required for PhD students in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation. Most of the readings cover the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha, but there will also be select readings in Qumran, Josephus, and Philo. In addition, there will be some secondary readings surveying the field. 

Required for new and readmitted students commencing in the 2012-2013 academic year or later. 

As a directed readings course, it has no class meetings.

Fall and Spring semesters. Dr. Beale.

NT 793 Directed Readings in the Literature of Post-Biblical Judaism (Part 2: Early and Later Judaism)
Purpose:

  • To instill a firsthand familiarity with the major literary texts of early and later post-Biblical Judaism as a background for better understanding the New Testament.

This is a directed readings course required for PhD students in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation

Readings cover Qumran, Josephus, Philo, (i.e., portions of these works not covered in NT 798), the Mishna, and some of the earlier Midrashic works. In addition, there will be some secondary readings surveying the field. As a directed readings courses, it has no class meetings.

Fall and Spring semesters. Dr. Beale.

Prerequisites: NT 791.

NT 843 The Epistle of James
Purpose:

  • To examine the exegetical and theological problems in the letter of James
  • To enable students to understand the relation between faith and works, suffering, and the believer’s relation to material wealth so that they can address these issues in their personal lives and in their ministry to others 

This course will include an exegetical study of the Greek text of the book of James.

Fall semester. Dr. Keene.

NT 853 Miracles and Miraculous Gifts
Purpose: 

  • To understand biblical teaching on miracles and prophecy in order to evaluate the modern charismatic movement

Topics covered include the theology of miracles and word revelation in the New Testament, with special attention to redemptive-historical interpretation of the book of Acts, and the evaluation of contemporary charismatic phenomena in light of Scripture.

Spring semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 881 Theology of Hebrews
Purpose:

  • To examine prominent themes in the teaching of Hebrews

Topics covered include eschatological structure; eschatology and ethics; the issue of apostasy; and aspects of the heavenly, high-priestly ministry of Jesus.

Fall semester. Dr. Tipton.

NT 891 Greek Discourse Analysis
Purpose:

  • To perform linguistic analysis of New Testament Greek discourse in order to improve exegesis

Topics covered include the introduction to various linguistic theories of sentence and discourse, elements of tagmemic theory, the relation of grammar to reference and meaning, paragraph and discourse, regularities and stylistic deviations, and exegesis of selected New Testament texts.

Spring semester. Dr. Poythress.

Prerequisites: NT 123.

NT 912 New Testament Theology
Purpose: 

  • To grow in understanding of biblical theology in the New Testament and 
  • To better understand the theological unity of the New Testament amidst its diversity 

Topics covered include important literature in the field; the relationship of exegetical method to a method of doing biblical theology; the theological relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament; and the integral relationship of New Testament theology to the ideas of the kingdom, inaugurated eschatology and the new creation in comparison to other proposed “centers” for the New Testament. 

Limited enrollment. Winter term. Dr. Beale.

NT 921 Directed Readings in New Testament Introduction and Theology
Purpose:

  • To instill a general knowledge of the entire field of New Testament study

This is a reading course required of PhD students in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation. Readings cover general introduction (canon, text, history of criticism), special introduction, and Biblical theology.

Fall and spring semesters. Dr. Crowe.

As a directed readings course, it has no class meetings. 

Restrictions: Students may only take one semester for credit.

NT 931 Theology of Language and Interpretation
Purpose:

  • To build a theology of language in order to draw implications for biblical interpretation

Topics covered include major biblical teachings about God, the Word of God, verbal communication, and human language, with implications for the process of biblical interpretation, interpretive goals, and the appropriate qualifications of interpreters.

Fall semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 941 New Testament Use of the Old Testament  
Purpose:

  • To examine the apostolic use of the Old Testament in its 1st century hermeneutical context
  • To enable students to discern whether, and in what respects, this apostolic usage may be regarded as determinant for exegesis today

Topics covered include New Testament use of the Old Testament in light of its Old Testament context, and New Testament context and its environment.

Fall semester. Dr. Beale.

Restrictions: Area seminar for PhD students specializing in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation; others admitted only by special permission of the instructor. Limited enrollment.

NT 951 Theological Models and Exegesis
Purpose:

  • To understand the role of interpretive frameworks in order to deepen interpretation 

Topics covered include the interrelations of systematic theology and exegesis, with special attention to the covenant concept, theological concept formation, and key metaphors of theology; and the bearing of philosophy of science on theological method.

Fall semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 961 The Structure of Pauline Theology
Purpose:

  • To understand relationships among major themes in Paul

Topics covered include the organic unity of justification, sanctification, union with Christ, covenant, and eschatology in Pauline theology.

Fall semester. Dr. Poythress.

NT 963 Issues in Pauline Theology
Purpose:

  • To understand more completely both the overall contours of Paul's theology and historical context, as well as specific elements of his message
  • To gain familiarity with some of the major issues and contours in Pauline interpretation today
  • To gain skill in explaining/defining portions of Paul’s epistles in Greek

Topics covered may include current issues in Pauline studies, tracing key features of Pauline thought, Paul’s use of Scripture, Paul's understanding of the law, Pauline soteriology, and the contextual nature of Paul’s theology. 

Spring semester. Dr. Crowe.

NT 981 History of Interpretation
Purpose:

  • To enable students to learn the history of biblical interpretation through the study of primary documents from the Patristic period through the Reformation

The course will focus on those biblical interpreters whose work provoked significant developments in hermeneutical theory or practice in the church. Particular focus will be given to the Patristic period.

Fall semester. Dr. Crowe.

NT 993 Hermeneutical Foundations
Purpose:

  • To evaluate and reform views on foundational issues in hermeneutics

Topics covered include the role of hermeneutics; the nature of meaning; divine authorship; grammatical-historical method; the problem of historical relativity; problems of circularity,incompleteness, and probability; and the work of the Holy Spirit in hermeneutics.

Spring semester. Dr. Poythress.

Restrictions: Area seminar for PhD students specializing in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation; others admitted only by special permission of the instructor.

Courses listed for other majors that may be counted as major courses for the ThM or PhD degree in New Testament: OT 761, ST 781.

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