Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Studies


Explore the message of the New Testament books, their historical and cultural background, their Jewish roots, and the context that we live and apply them in today.

This four-year degree program is foundational for students who desire a deeper understanding of the New Testament. Students will explore the message of the New Testament, its historical and cultural background, and the context in which we live and apply its message today. Special emphasis is given to the sacred history and rich heritage of the Jewish people, which brings a fresh perspective to the New Testament writings.

The Scriptures, as well as pertinent New Testament scholarship, are studied through a non-sectarian approach allowing the Holy Spirit to bring to light the present-day application of God’s eternal Word. Through this approach, students will have the rich background and tools necessary for a lifetime of effective exegetical, topical, pastoral, or devotional study in both ministry and further education.

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The Bachelor of Arts Program Seeks To

  • Provide students with a broad understanding of New Testament backgrounds.
  • Develop an awareness of the Jewish roots of Christianity.
  • Develop biblical research and analytical skills at the undergraduate level necessary for ministry and ongoing biblical studies.
  • Assist in developing a biblical worldview and lifestyle.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Upon Successful Completion, You Will be Able To

  • Analyze the New Testament writings in light of their authorship, audience, and their historical / cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and describe the Jewish roots of Christianity.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in areas of structure, themes, major figures, and events of the books of the Bible.
  • Integrate your understanding of the New Testament within the context of theology, current culture and history, and devotional application.
  • Exhibit skill in the use of research tools for biblical study.
  • Demonstrate through your participation in course-related forums the sharing of ideas and mutual support.
  • Pursue further studies in graduate degree programs.

Course of Study

The BA in New Testament Studies program contains 121 units (semester hours): 34 units of general education courses, 9 units of Christian Foundations, 60 units of core courses, and 18 units of elective courses.

Study Skills (1 unit)
GS 105Introduction to Online Learning1 unit
Communication (9 units)
GS 110English Composition 13 units
GS 111English Composition 23 units
GS 117Principles of Speech3 units
History / Cultures (6 units)
HI201 is required; choose 1 more
HI 201Western Civilization 13 units
HI 202Western Civilization 23 units
HI 211History of Christianity in the U.S.3 units
HI 221Introduction to Islam3 units
Humanities (6 units)
HU210 is required; choose 1 more
HU 210Introduction to Literature3 units
HU 201History of Music in the Church3 units
HU 202Introduction to World Music3 units
Mathematics (3 units)
GS 121Practical Mathematics3 units
Natural Science (3 units)
Choose 1 of the following
SC 201Introduction to Life Science3 units
SC 203Environmental Science3 units
Social Science (6 units)
SS205 is required; choose 1 more
SS 201Introduction to Psychology3 units
SS 205Cultural Anthropology3 units
SS 211Foundations of American Government3 units

General Education Description

Shiloh University requires that each Undergraduate student successfully complete general education courses at the collegiate level that (1) ensure breadth of knowledge and intellectual concepts; (2) develop essential academic skills for enhanced and continued learning; (3) convey broad historical and cultural understandings; and (4) develop skills and attitudes that contribute to civic engagement and advance professional attainment.

General education courses are broad in their focus and place an emphasis on skills and principles that are not associated with a particular profession or field of study. They contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs or careers by ensuring that students gain certain basic core competencies. These core competencies include (1) communication skills; (2) critical thinking skills; (3) information literacy; and (4) basic mathematical, science, and technological skills.

HU 211Reading the Bible as Literature3 units
SC 202Introduction to Health Science3 units
SS 202Principles of Interpersonal Relationships3 units

Christian Foundations Description

Shiloh University believes that certain foundations are essential to the ongoing personal and professional development of students. Students should have a foundation in the Bible, understand principles of healthy living, and learn the nature and basis of interpersonal relating.

Context Studies (18 units)
CH 301Survey of Church History3 units
HI 220World Religions3 units
HU 231Philosophy of Religion3 units
MT 301Spiritual Formation3 units
TH 301Theology 13 units
TH 302Theology 23 units
Biblical Foundations (12 units)
MT 305Introduction to Biblical Interpretation3 units
MT 407Biblical Hermeneutics3 units
OT 301Introduction to the Old Testament3 units
OT 302Historical Geography of Israel3 units
New Testament Studies (30 units)
NT 301Introduction to the New Testament3 units
NT 309Background of the New Testament3 units
NT 310The Formation of the New Testament3 units
NT 311The Early Church in Jerusalem3 units
NT 312Jewish Holidays and Traditions3 units
NT 313Jewish Background of the Parables3 units
NT 314Jewish Roots of Christianity3 units
NT 450New Testament Studies Capstone3 units
NT 404The Gospels / The Life of Christ3 units
NT 424The Life and Letters of Paul3 units

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Accelerated Dual Degree Track

Interested in earning a Master of Divinity after the BA in New Testament studies? Cut your Master of Divinity in half by enrolling in the accelerated Dual Degree track. Dual degree students earn over 30 units that transfer directly into Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity program. Select the PDF below for more information.

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Undergraduate degree courses typically require an average of 9 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) time than 9 hours depending on the subject being studied.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the BA program. View all faculty bios.

Faculty: Lars Kierspel - Ph.D.
Lars Kierspel
M.Div., Freie Theologische Akademie, Giessen (Germany)
Th.M., Covenant Theological Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Faculty: David Edery - D.Min.
David Edery
Rabbinical Credentials, Liphsitz Rabbinical Seminary, Jerusalem, Israel
B.S. in Liberal Arts and Computer-Education, University of the State of New York
M.Div., The King’s University
D.Min., The King’s University

Faculty: Terry Tuinder - D.Min.
Terry L. Tuinder
M.Div., The King’s University
D.Min., The King’s University
Faculty: Marsha Smith - Ph.D.
Marsha Smith
B.A. in Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College
M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the BA degree in New Testament Studies the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Complete and pass all of the courses in the degree program.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.