7.2 New Testament
7.2.1 Masters Level
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7.2.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level...

7.2.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level Courses


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NT 703  Theology and Exegesis of the Gospel of John
Purpose:

  • To understand better 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. 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 to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and preaching from the Gospels.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

NT 763  The Acts of the Apostles
Purpose:

  • To understand better 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Crowe.

NT 771  I Peter
Purpose:

  • To interpret Peter in its original, redemptive-historical, and canonical context
  • To read (and understand) the Greek 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Keene.  

NT 791  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 reading course required for Ph.D. 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 matriculating in the 2012-2013 academic year or later.
   Fall semester. Mr. Beale.

NT 793  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.

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. Prerequisite, NT 791.
   Spring semester. Mr. Beale.

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. Mr. Keene.

NT 853  Miracles and Miraculous Gifts
Purpose:

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

Topics covered include the theology of miracle 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 the light of Scripture.
  Spring semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Tipton.

NT 891  Greek Discourse Analysis
Purpose:

  • 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, exegesis of selected New Testament texts. Prerequisite, NT 123.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

NT 912  New Testament Theology
Purpose:

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

Topics covered include: (1) covering some of the important literature in the field; (2) the relationship of exegetical method to a method of doing biblical theology; (3) the theological relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament; (4) 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.
(Not given in 2014-2015.) Mr. Beale.

NT 921  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 Ph.D. students in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation. Readings cover general introduction (canon, text, history of criticism), special introduction, and biblical theology.
  Fall and spring semesters. Students may only take one semester for credit. Mr. Crowe.

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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

NT 941  New Testament Use of the Old Testament  (formerly Hermeneutics in the New Testament Period)
Purpose:

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

Topics covered include New Testament use of the Old Testament in the light of its Old Testament context, and the New Testament context and its environment.
Area seminar for Ph.D. students specializing in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation; others admitted only by special permission of the instructor. Limited enrollment.
  Fall semester. Mr. Beale.

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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

NT 961  The Structure of Pauline Theology
Purpose:

  • To understand relations 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. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

NT 963  Issues in Pauline Theology
Purpose:

  • To understand better 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 exegeting 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 understanding of the law, Pauline soteriology, the contextual nature of Paul’s theology.
   Spring Semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

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. (Not given in 2014-2015.) Mr. 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, probability; and the work of the Holy Spirit in hermeneutics. Area seminar for Ph.D. students specializing in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation; others admitted only by special permission of the instructor.
  Spring semester. Mr. Poythress.

Courses listed for other majors which may be counted as major courses for the Th.M. degree in New Testament: OT 761, OT 783, ST 781.