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

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

NT 703 Theology and Exegesis of the Gospel of John

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Crowe.

NT 712 The Gospel of Matthew

  • 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. Mr. Crowe.

NT 721 Parables and Miracles of Christ

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 733 The Book of Revelation

  • To interpret Revelation

Topics covered include historical background of its imagery and the contemporary bearing of its message.
  Spring semester. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 853 Miracles and Miraculous Gifts

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 881 Theology of Hebrews

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Tipton.

NT 891 Greek Discourse Analysis

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 912 New Testament Theology

  • 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.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Beale.

NT 921  Readings in New Testament Introduction and Theology

  • 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. Staff.

NT 931 Theology of Language and Interpretation

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

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

  • 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. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Beale.

NT 951 Theological Models and Exegesis

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 961  The Structure of Pauline Theology

  • 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 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.

NT 981  History of Interpretation

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

The course will focus on those biblical interpreters whose work provoked significant developments in hermeneutical theory or practice in the church. The impact of modern New Testament criticism on hermeneutics will be a special interest.
  Fall semester. Staff.

NT 993  Hermeneutical Foundations

  • 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. (Not given in 2011-2012.) 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.