Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Studies
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.
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 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 their 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 their 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 105||Introduction to Online Learning||1 unit|
|Communication (9 units)|
|GS 110||English Composition 1||3 units|
|GS 111||English Composition 2||3 units|
|GS 117||Principles of Speech||3 units|
|History / Cultures (6 units)|
HI201 is required; choose 1 more
|HI 201||Western Civilization 1||3 units|
|HI 202||Western Civilization 2||3 units|
|HI 211||History of Christianity in the U.S.||3 units|
|HI 221||Introduction to Islam||3 units|
|Humanities (6 units)|
HU210 is required; choose 1 more
|HU 210||Introduction to Literature||3 units|
|HU 201||History of Music in the Church||3 units|
|HU 202||Introduction to World Music||3 units|
|Mathematics (3 units)|
Choose 1 of the following
|GS 121||Practical Mathematics||3 units|
|GS 123||Applied College Algebra||3 units|
|Natural Science (3 units)|
Choose 1 of the following
|SC 201||Introduction to Life Science||3 units|
|SC 203||Environmental Science||3 units|
|Social Science (6 units)|
SS205 is required; choose 1 more
|SS 201||Introduction to Psychology||3 units|
|SS 205||Cultural Anthropology||3 units|
|SS 211||Foundations of American Government||3 units|
|SS 221||Introduction to Sociology||3 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 211||Reading the Bible as Literature||3 units|
|SC 202||Introduction to Health Science||3 units|
|SS 202||Principles of Interpersonal Relationships||3 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 301||Survey of Church History||3 units|
|HI 220||World Religions||3 units|
|HU 231||Philosophy of Religion||3 units|
|MT 301||Spiritual Formation||3 units|
|TH 301||Theology 1||3 units|
|TH 302||Theology 2||3 units|
|Biblical Foundations (12 units)|
|MT 305||Introduction to Biblical Interpretation||3 units|
|MT 407||Biblical Hermeneutics||3 units|
|OT 301||Introduction to the Old Testament||3 units|
|OT 302||Historical Geography of Israel||3 units|
|New Testament Studies (30 units)|
|NT 301||Introduction to the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 309||Background of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 310||The Formation of the New Testament||3 units|
|NT 311||The Early Church in Jerusalem||3 units|
|NT 312||Jewish Holidays and Traditions||3 units|
|NT 313||Jewish Background of the Parables||3 units|
|NT 314||Jewish Roots of Christianity||3 units|
|NT 450||New Testament Studies Capstone||3 units|
|NT 404||The Gospels / The Life of Christ||3 units|
|NT 424||The Life and Letters of Paul||3 units|
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.
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.
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.